Bangkok Airport closed flights diverted to Malaysia

December 1st, 2008 - 11:34 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Suvarnabumi AirportDue to the political problems in Thailand, both the Bangkok’s airport had been seized from November 25 by protesters, a minimum number of flights from Bangkok had been diverted to KL International Airport (KLIA).

The Suvarnabhumi International Airport was besieged by anti-government protestors, causing its shutdown and leaving more than 100,000 air passengers stranded. Daud Osman, KLIA’s general manager said the flights to Bangkok were diverted to KLIA upon receiving news that the airport was closed.

The number of diverted flights in the next few days became less frequent because the passengers heading to Bangkok were aware of the current situation. Some of the diverted flights were from Qatar Airways and KLM.

Moreover, the officials of AirAsia also known as Low- Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) confirmed that all flights to Suvarnabhumi International Airport were cancelled. AirAsia mounted rescue flights from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok in aid of their passengers. The third of such flights was sent on Nov 30.

The Pan Pacific Hotel of KLIA said the hotel did experience an increase in occupancy, on November 25 and 26 due to requests from airlines to house stranded passengers.

Marriott Putrajaya public relations manager said some passengers had checked-in at the hotel.

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