Thailand Felt the Heat of Shutting Down of International Airport

December 4, 2008

Bangkok, Thailand (ChattahBox) — Thailand’s economy largely depends on tourism and exports. With the international airport being shut down for nearly a week, exporters as well as the tourists have felt the pinch. Exporters are being forced to throw away fresh blossomed orchids depicting country’s hospitality and beauty. The upper class and foreigners had started to feel the shortage of salmons and good wines that are regularly imported in the country. Nearly 1 million workers depend directly or indirectly on the tourism industry in Thailand and they have also begun to feel the repercussions of the incident which has led to mass cancellations of tourist bookings. Cargo flights have already started their operations today and the government is making all effort to bring the business back to normal but the damage already caused to Thailand’s reputation may be irreparable.

Bangkok’s International airport restored air links today after being occupied by protesters for nearly a week. Victorious anti-government protesters lifted their siege of Bangkok’s two airports as the political parties ousted the erstwhile prime minister. The airport sieges had left nearly 300,000 travelers stranded while the number of those traveling into Thailand still remain unknown.

The airport Chief at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi international airport, Serirat Prasutanont, claimed that the airport will be open full services for check-in and immigrations at 0400 GMT. All the airlines and their ground staff had stopped working from November 25, 2008 when the protestors swarmed the airports. More than 40 flights were set to leave Bangkok’s international airport today and it is now up to the airlines to restore their normal operations at the international airport as soon as possible. The outbound passengers have to still check in their baggage at the downtown conference center or at the airlines offices.  On the other hand, the inbound passengers are being fully processed through immigration and customs.


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