Airport Blockade killed tourists

December 3rd, 2008 - 10:45 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Don Muang AirportA few days ago, three foreigners were killed in the traffic accident because these tourist were trying to escape a blockade of Bangkok’s airports.

Thai police said yesterday that a Dutchman and two Canadians have been killed in two crashes while trying to flee Thailand after the blockade of Bangkok’s two main airports last week by an anti-government group.

One van carrying tourists crashed on the way to the southern resort isle of Phuket, where airlines have put on extra flights to try and clear the backlog, while the Dutchman was killed in a taxi on his way by road to Malaysia.

The accidents have not stopped some of the 350,000 travellers estimated to have missed flights from rushing to try and get out of the capital.

Sarin Pinatha, one of the travel agent who had been selling seats four about 500 baht in a minivan down to the U-Tapao naval airport south-east of Bangkok.
‘Nobody worries,’ she said. ‘If an accident happens, it happens. But nobody worries about it.’

However, the foreign governments are trying their best to evacuate their citizen from the Kingdom. Meanwhile, the New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key said he was sending an Air Force Hercules transport plane to either Singapore or Malaysia ‘as a contingency’ plan in case stranded New Zealanders cannot find another way home.

Yesterday, over hundred of Australian headed home being received by a specially chartered Qantas flight, the airline said. Close to 300 Australians had taken a 14-hour bus trip to Phuket from Bangkok on Monday and left for Singapore early Tuesday. They were now being found places on flights back to Australia, a Qantas spokesman said.

The Australian government on Saturday asked Qantas for assistance in evacuating hundreds of citizens from Bangkok after becoming frustrated with a lack of progress on the part of Thai authorities.

In Japan, over 5,000 Japanese travellers have managed to return from Thailand, said a Foreign Ministry. On December 2 ,2008 morning around 5,100 people had returned and thousands more Japanese nationals are believed to still be in Thailand.

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