Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Airport losses put at B500 mln



The eight-day blockade of the two Bangkok airports by anti-government protesters last month cost the Airports of Thailand more than 500 million baht, the acting AoT president Serirat Prasutanont said on Thursday.

The eight-day blockade of the two Bangkok airports by anti-government protesters last month cost the Airports of Thailand more than 500 million baht, the acting AoT president Serirat Prasutanont said on Thursday.

The seizure and sit-in of Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports which ended on Dec 3 cut much of the country's contact with the world, and did serious damage to tourism and the export industries.
 
The AoT chief said that airport officials will file lawsuits against PAD protesters and related parties to try to recover the agency's losses.
Mr Serirat, who is also director of Suvarnabhumi international airport, said the siege at the two airports had also led to losses of revenue at airports in other provinces.

He said initial estimates of losses totalled more than 500 million baht, excluding the incalculable negative impact on travellers' confidence, which could affect Thailand for years to come.

AoT executives will discuss with legal experts and the Attorney General's Office on how to estimate the total loss more precisely, and would file lawsuits against the protesters before the end of January, he said.
 
Meanwhile, Wing Commander Prateep Wichittoe, deputy director of Suvarnabhumi airport, said the average daily flow of passengers had fallen more than 44 per cent to 55,737 persons since the airport had resumed full service on Dec 5.

Cargo transport at the airport also declined to an average of 2,395 tonnes daily from 3,365 tonnes, said Wing Cdr Prateep.

Average daily departure and arrival flights at Suvarnabhumi international airport also fell to 496 from the 714 registered before it was shut down by the protesters, he said. (TNA)

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