Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok’s main airport, is forecasting a surge of travelers for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday. The bustling airport in Samut Prakan province on the outskirts of Bangkok expects to see around 380 flights a day during the holiday, according to the general manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Airport officials, along with travel industry experts and airlines, are advising passengers not to close it and risk missing their flights and to follow the normally overcautious rule of arriving at least 2 hours before any domestic flight or 3 hours before any domestic flight. international flight during the busy period.
Traffic is expected to be largely made up of domestic travellers, leading to an increase in Lunar New Year passengers of more than 37% compared to the same period last year. In fact, Thailand’s busiest airport and its main gateway to the world is expecting just under 5,000 flights between January 26 and February 7 this year, with 4,957 commercial aircraft and charter flights in program.
The capital’s busy airport is planning 2,138 international flights over the holiday period, which is actually down 1.88% from the same period last year. But, another 2,819 flights are expected to land from domestic destinations in Thailand, a huge jump of more than 96% from the Lunar New Year period last year.
The airlines requesting the most extra flights during the Lunar New Year holiday are somewhat predictable, with Bangkok Airways and Myanmar Airways topping the list along with, interestingly, South Korean low-cost carrier T’Way Air.
Suvarnabhumi Airport is expecting an average of around 35,800 passengers each day during the 13-day holiday period for a total of around 465,400 Lunar New Year travelers. Just under 116,000 of those passengers are expected to land at international arrivals. Around triple that amount, 349,500 travelers, are expected to fly on domestic routes
THE SOURCE: Bangkok Post
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