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Airlines returning to Suvarnabhumi Airport (Updated)

5 Dec 2008

As Suvarnabhumi International Airport gets its act back together, airlines are following suit. 

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will resume regular flights today between  Bangkok and Singapore, ceasing relief flights at U-Tapao.

SIA is mounting three return services between the two cities, including an additional Singapore-Bangkok-Tokyo Narita service. Passengers should contact SIA in Bangkok at 66 2 353 6000 or 65 6223 8888 in Singapore or visit www.singaporeair.com for more details.

China Airlines (CAL) is again being able to offer flight CL835 Taipei-Bangkok, departing at 1335pm, arriving 1645, while its return flight CL836 will depart 1750. However, flights CL831, CL833 and CL839 from Hongkong, Taipei and Kaohsiung respectively have been cancelled, while flight CL065 will fly Taipei-Chiangmai-Amsterdam, instead of going via Bangkok as it usually does.

Passengers are advised to log on to www.china-airlines.com for up-to-date information.

Since yesterday, Bangkok Airways got a total of 12 domestic flights up between Bangkok and Samui, Chiangmai and Phuket. It kicked off overseas activity sending flights to Macau, Guilin, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Luang Prabang. Passengers had to check in at the carrier’s head office at 99 Vibhavadirangsit Road, at least three hours prior to departure before taking their transfers to the airport.

Finnair will start flying tomorrow, December 6, with flights AY096 and AY090 departing Bangkok for Helsinki at
0035 and 1235 local time, respectively. On Sunday, December 7, it will get back to the Bangkok-Helsinki return routine.

Passengers should call the Finnair Contact Centre in Bangkok at 66 2
634 0238 or log on to www.finnairgroup.com/info for more details.

Bangkok Airways’ website is at www.bangkokair.com.

But U-Tapao remained the temporary base of some airlines such as Emirates which continued to fly into the facility yesterday, and may do so until today, unless conditions at Suvarnabhumi are considered favourable for it to switch gears. But tomorrow, December 6, it will resume scheduled flights EK372 and EK373 Dubai-Bangkok. The airline has positioned additional flight and cabin crew in Thailand in anticipation of the normalisation of services.

For more information, visit www.emirates.com.

At Don Muang Airport, it was business as usual as THAI Airways flights kicked off as early as 0615 to Khon Kaen, followed by a host of other domestic destinations such as Chiangmai, Phuket, Hat Yai and Surat Thani.

Peter Rajendran

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