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Tourism situation in Thailand - update as of December 3, 2008, 1200 hrs (Bangkok Time)

Tourism situation in Thailand - update as of December 3, 2008, 1200 hrs (Bangkok Time) ( • The People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) anti-government protesters have ended their occupation at both Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Mueang Airport.

• The Airport Authority of Thailand (AOT) announced that cargo flights at Suvarnabhumi International Airport had resumed as of 2100 hrs (0200 GMT) on December 2, 2008. A total of 12 air-freight operators have requested to land at the airport.

• Commercial operations at Suvarnabhumi International Airport are scheduled to resume at midnight on December 5, 2008. Airport authorities are working to resume full airport operations at the earliest possible time, following a re-certification of the airport in accordance with internationally-recognized standards and guidelines established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), an agency of the United Nations. The process is expected to take between one to two weeks. Airport authorities are aiming to have Suvarnabhumi International Airport certified and fully operational by December 15, 2008.

• The Thai travel and tourism industry continues to work round-the-clock to help stranded tourists/travelers seeking to be reunited with family and friends.

• THAI continues to operate special flights to facilitate inconvenienced passengers. On December 3, 2008, Thai Airways International will operate 30 special inbound and outbound flights for passengers with confirmed reservations. THAI requests passengers with confirmed reservations, departing from U-Tapao to check in at BITEC – the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre in Bang-Na, seven (7) hours prior to their flight departure. THAI will provide transportation between BITEC and U-Tapao Airport.

• Bangkok Airways’ first operative flight will land at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 1620 hrs. from Samui. The flight will be operated by Airbus 319 as following:
- PG 148 : Samui – Bangkok : Time 1515 – 1620 hrs.
- PG 171 : Bangkok – Samui : Time 1700 – 1805 hrs.

Passengers departing for Samui are requested to check in at Bangkok Airways’ Head Office (99 Vibhavadirangsit road) at 1500 hrs. where transfer will be arranged for all passengers. For making a reservation, please call 1771 or 02 265 8777.

International Public Relations Division Tourism Authority of Thailand Fax: 66 253 7419 E-mail:

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