Suvarnabhumi Airport puts contingency plans in place

12 Mar 2010

Passengers, departing this weekend when supporters of former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra are expected to descend on Bangkok, have been reminded by Suvarnabhumi Airport authorities to check in at least four hours before their flights.

To ensure that immigration and security checks proceed smoothly, they are urged to have all documents ready for inspection and any carry-on-board liquid/gel placed in a clear plastic bag. The airport hotlines 66 2 132 1888 or 66 2 132 4000 are available round-the-clock.

Nirandra Theeranartsin, general manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport, told media that should a repeat of a takeover by protesters take place, several contingency plans would be initiated. He would not elaborate on the details except to say these covered steps such as keeping passengers and their belongings safe and facilitating their travel to and from the airport.

Airport officials have been meeting in previous weeks with other government bodies to ensure staff readiness during the days of civil unrest.

Since Thai government invoked the Internal Security Act, the military has taken over police duties of enforcing the law, which also includes safeguarding the city’s two air hubs, the international Suvarnabhumi and mainly domestic Don Muang.

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Margie T Logarta

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