The Phuket News
The Phuket News Premier League predictions The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
The Phuket News Thailand News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Prayut calls in air force to help at major airports immigration, including

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday ordered the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) to help expedite immigration and customs processes to help reduce waiting times at airports.

transport, tourism,


Bangkok Post

Saturday 12 August 2017, 11:45AM


The bureau's actions were prompted by huge queues at Don Mueang airport last weekend, when thousands of visitors had to wait several hours to clear immigration and customs.
The bureau's actions were prompted by huge queues at Don Mueang airport last weekend, when thousands of visitors had to wait several hours to clear immigration and customs.

It is the latest effort to streamline the process of entering the kingdom and reduce long queues for passengers arriving on international flights.

The Immigration Bureau is also seeking to amend the immigration law to exempt Thai nationals from filling out immigration documents known as TM.6 cards. It is not known at this stage when this will materialise.

The bureau's actions were prompted by huge queues at Don Mueang airport last weekend, when thousands of visitors had to wait several hours to clear immigration and customs.

Not long after, international arrivals at Suvarnabhumi airport experienced similar queues on Wednesday afternoon after 20 aircraft landed between 3pm-4pm, discharging 4,600 passengers.

However, the Immigration Division 2 said immigration officers were at full strength at the time and were able to clear passengers within 57 minutes.

In response to the incidents, Gen Prayut said yesterday he had told the Immigration Bureau to open all counters for service, and in case of a shortage of staff, RTAF officers would be brought in to help.

The prime minister said there are several factors contributing to long immigration waits, including limited space at Don Mueang airport.

While the airport can handle 1,000-2,800 people an hour, there are as many as 4,000 passengers arriving at the same time due to delayed flights, said Gen Prayut, adding that authorities would look into whether the airport can be expanded.

"We have to investigate when congestion occurs and why. I've told the Immigration Bureau to open all immigration counters. And I've asked the air force commander to bring in personnel to help when they are short staffed.

"The Transport Ministry, the Airports of Thailand and the Immigration Bureau have been assigned to deal with the task. If this isn't enough to handle the issue, we have to figure something else out," Gen Prayut said.

Immigration Bureau commissioner Nathathorn Prousoontorn said talks would be held among the authorities concerned including the Airports of Thailand on the prime minister's directive.

However, the commissioner insisted that RTAF personnel would not be allowed to process passengers through immigration because that jurisdiction belongs to immigration officials only under the immigration law.

He added that their assistance could be used in other areas.

He said discussions should be concluded in a week, and assistance from the RTAF might not be needed if things work out.

C and C Marine

Pol Lt Gen Nathathorn said that as a relief measure 200 immigration officers at other border checkpoints have been called in to help at three airports – Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and Phuket – that are seeing an unusual increase in passengers despite it being the low season.

Immigration counters at the Don Mueang will be increased from 21 to 39 in a few weeks, he said.

He admitted that immigration officer numbers at the international airports are low, and that is beyond the bureau's control, saying the Royal Thai Police (RTP) is responsible for job allocating.

Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports have seen a steady increase in air travel over the past few years.

According to the Immigration Bureau, in July 2014, a few months after the coup, 526,224 passengers passed through Don Mueang airport.

During the high season in December last year, that number stood at 605,435 passengers and in July this year, passengers passing through Don Mueang stood at 1.22 million.

The number of passengers passing through Suvarnabhumi in July 2014 stood at 1.84 million. That figure rose to 2.9 million in December last year and shot up to 3.04 million in July this year.

Meanwhile, RTAF spokesman VAM Pongsak Semachai said the RTAF would have to study the law to determine what it could do to help.

He said air force commander Johm Rungswang has asked for a review of the law and the air force's rule book to see how the air force can help in this matter.

"We need to see if it is possible for air force officers to conduct immigration duties," he said.

National police chief Chakthip Chaijinda yesterday said that forward command centres at five airports – Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Hat Yai – were told to speed up immigration procedures. Action would be taken against them if they do not.

Read original story here.

 

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:
Username:
Password:
E-mail: (No Hotmail, Live, MSN and Outlook accepted at this time)
Security:
    Forget password?

Be the first to comment.

The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Dangling wires suspected as cause of pickup engine blaze in Phuket

Where do these Thai police get there qualifications.."We believe the fire was caused by a wire dangling from the pole" what utter rubbish, e...(Read More)


All safe as Phuket tour bus brakes fail on Patong Hill

by break failure they mean the driver as normal did not know how to drive and just drove all the way with the breakes on as normal and they over heate...(Read More)


Boy, 13, dead as pickup slams into motorcycle head-on in Phuket

Very sad and all avoidable, if Thais paid more attention to driving, see them on the phone whilst driving, even on motorcycles, why didn't he pull...(Read More)


Anupong dodges criticism in speed gun fiasco

Just Google: A Decatur Dopler Handheld Traffic Radar Speed Gun costs $950 per piece only (about 32,000 thb). Top of the art! Of course, when you bu...(Read More)


UWCT patron Shelby Davis is funding education to change the world

More of this enlightened altruism needed, badly !! Thank you Mr. and Ms. Davis for your valuable and important contributions....(Read More)


Boy, 13, dead as pickup slams into motorcycle head-on in Phuket

Charge the parents for killing their son. Surely a 13 year old is not allowed to drive? although the police seem to have no clue as to that. Even adul...(Read More)


Army defends B16mn spent on Rajabhakti toilet, shops

Thailand state money coffers are overflowing. ( looks like) The toilet story in Hua Hin, more than 300,000 thb per toilet. Now a article in BP abo...(Read More)


Boy, 13, dead as pickup slams into motorcycle head-on in Phuket

How are these idiots allowed on the road in the first place. This guy here should be charged with murder and there is not case for his defense. Then a...(Read More)


No lifeguards on Phuket beaches for two days, tourists urged to refrain from swimming

It is getting worse by the day for Phuket Tourist Industry. Now, in a way Phuket has no beaches for tourists. Surprised? Yes! Yes, they can sit in ...(Read More)


The Phuket News
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
World Entertainment
Photo Galleries
COLOURING BOOK
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2017 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.