Air passengers advised to leave 2-3 hours earlier for Don Mueang

As a large number of people are leaving Bangkok for home provinces for the New Year, domestic air passengers are advised to leave for Don Mueang airport two to three hours earlier than normal to make sure they will not miss the planes.

Wing Commander Sutheewat Suwanwat, the director of Don Mueang airport, said the people have begun to leave Bangkok for their home provinces for the New Year festival since Dec 27.

On Dec 31 alone, about 113,000 air passengers are expected to fly from Don Mueang.  After that they will fly back at the average of 110,000 per day and the air travels will return to normal on Jan 4.

Therefore, air passengers should leave their homes for the airport two to three hours earlier than normal to make sure that they don’t miss the planes since the road traffic in front of the airport is expected to be heavy as the flyover from Vibhavadi Rangsit road into the airport has been demolished.

Security measures and patrols will be stepped up at the airport.  The passenger terminals will be checked by military dogs and explolive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams.

Darun Saengchai, director-general of the Department of Airports, said he had instructed all airports to be prepared to provide convenience and security during the New Year festival.

He said energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) machines to scan for explosives and weapons have been installed at Krabi and Udon Thani airports.  The machines are being installed at Surat Thani airport to step up security measures as required by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).