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Suvarnabhumi airport figures surge

BUSINESS: Passenger volume at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport reached 47 million this year, a 12 per cent increase from 2010, according to airport spokesperson Wilaiwan Natwilai.

Friday 7 October 2011, 06:13PM

Marking the fifth anniversary of Suvarnabhumi’s opening in 2006, Ms Wilaiwan said that since the start of the 2011 fiscal year (October 1, 2010), the airport handled 47 million passengers.

Among those, 10.28 million were domestic travellers while 36.90 million were international passengers, she said. Thai nationals comprised the largest group, followed by Chinese, Japanese and Russian nationals respectively.

Ms Wilaiwan said that more than 120,000 passengers used Suvarnabhumi Airport on average daily and it was expected that, during the last quarter of this year (October-December), the volume of passengers would increase as it is the high season for tourism in Thailand.

She said that during the high season, countries in the northern hemisphere, including those in Europe, the United States and Russia, were entering winter, so more tourists would travel to the kingdom.

As for air freight, the airport spokesperson said Suvarnabhumi has handled 1.24 million tonnes of cargo, a 4.4 per cent increase on the previous year. Domestic cargo was registered at 48,686 tonnes, while 1.19 million tonnes was international cargo. – MCOT



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