Tourists flocking in to celebrate Chinese New Year

As the Chinese New Year is just two days ahead flights coming into Thailand are increasing with more tourists flying in to celebrate the events.

Suvarnabhumi International Airport reported 3.7% increase of inbound passengers during the period from February 10 to 23, while advising outbound passengers to arrive for check-in at least two hours before normal time as passsenger traffic during the period will be heavy.

Airport director Siroj Duangrat said he expected over 2.6 million passengers would be arriving at the airport during the Chinese festival during February 10-23, or 191,000 a day, a 3.7% increase from normal period.

With the influx of passengers, he advised outbound travellers to arrive at least three hours before normal time, while domestic flight passengers wound need at least two hours or else they could miss flights.

He said that during the 14-day Chinese New Year period, there will be a total of 14,700 flights, or 1,055 flights a day, up 3.5%.

Besides, he said regular airlines also sought 420 additional chartered and special flights during the period.

Top three airlines seeking increased chartered and special flights are Bangkok Airways (78 flights), China Southern Airlines (66 flights), and Xiamen Air (60 flights).