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Suvarnabhumi » Bangkok’s former Don Muang International Airport officially reopened for domestic flights

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

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Bangkok’s former Don Muang International Airport, which was closed to commercial flights nearly six months ago following the opening of Suvarnabhumi Airport, officially reopened Sunday, 25 March 2007, for domestic flights.

Senior Transport Ministry officials, including Permanent Secretary for Transport Chaisawat Kittipornpaibul were on hand to welcome passengers boarding four Thai Airways International (THAI) and Nok Air flights.

They also welcomed the first group of passengers travelling by Nok Air from the northeastern province of Udon Thani to land at Don Muang at around 8.30 am.

Services offered to passengers and security measures at Don Muang on the first day of resumed operations were quite smooth, according to Kalaya Pakakrong, acting president of Airports of Thailand.

Only four commercial airlines, including One-Two-Go and Orient Thai airlines, are initially providing services at Don Muang, but other airlines wishing to use the airport will be welcomed as the passenger terminal could cater as many as 11 million people annually, Mrs. Kalaya said.

Patee Sarasin, chief executive officer of budget carrier Nok Air, confirmed that services offered by his airline Sunday morning went on smoothly and he was confident that the transfer of services to Don Muang from Suvarnabhumi Airport would help develop business for Nok Air.

This year Nok Air plans to acquire three more airlines to cater to anticipated growth, Mr Patee said.

The move is a quiet victory for the former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, who had quietly planned several years ago to keep Don Muang going for low-cost airlines.

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