Airports traffic dropped in november (and no, the blockade was not the only reason)

As expected November passenger traffic through six airports managed by Airports of Thailand showed declines exceeding 27%, down by more than 1.4 million passengers.

The official air traffic report, released by Airports of Thailand for November, revealed the extent of damage caused by the closure of the two Bangkok airports over the last five days of the month.

Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports were closed from 25 November until 5 December. […]

Suvarnabhumi Airport. Closed for five days aircraft movements plunged 18.87% from 21,288 to 17,272 —international, down 18.78% , domestic down 19.29%. Passengers in November shrank 26.05% from 3,526,794 to 2,608,199 — international passengers down 28.81% while domestic fell 12.21%. (TR Weekly)

We need to compare orange with orange, and a month of 25 days with a month of 25 days (Suva was closed during the evening).

And passengers data are better than aircraft movements (because year on year, airlines have canceled some routes, and reduced their capacities).

Last year, average per day was 3 526 794 / 30 =117 559. Times 25 = 2 938 975. So this is our comparison point.

Therefore, without the blockade, the number of passengers Suvarnabhumi Airport dropped by 11 %.

Which is perfectly in line with the… figures for october (a drop of 11 % read here).

The report of TR Weekly contains other interesting figures for Don Muang and the regional airports (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket).

The domestic traffic has suffered a lot.

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