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Old November 28th, 2008, 06:38 AM   #1301
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Old November 28th, 2008, 06:50 AM   #1302
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protesters should know that changing government will never make them richer/more seccessful if they themselves are lazy buns. don't let your weak mind to be tauted by desperate politicians...

i booked a ticket to Bangkok on 22nd January 2009, hopefully those nothing better-to-do peoples will not disrupt my flight
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Old November 28th, 2008, 04:56 PM   #1303
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Less than a million of people of the two mobs affect 60 millions of the other Thais and Foreigners by a stupid reason.
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Old November 29th, 2008, 12:46 PM   #1304
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One of my friends works for Jetstar (an Australian airline) - the Australian army and the Australian Federal Police have taken him and other Australians at the airport down to Singapore and now they've flown out from Changi using army planes.

It's annoying for the tourists - but I hope the coup isn't violent.
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Old November 29th, 2008, 08:46 PM   #1305
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INTERVIEW-Thai exporters struggle with airports shut

BANGKOK, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Thai exporters, taken completely by surprise this week by the closure of Bangkok's airports by protesters, are struggling to find ways to get perishable goods and essential components to customers around the world.

Kasem Jariyawong, president of the Thai Air Freight Forwarders Association, said outbound air cargo through the main Suvarnabhumi airport was usually around 1,500 tonnes a day worth some 3 billion baht ($84.8 million).

Of that, about 600-700 tonnes was perishable goods such as food, fruit, orchids and other flowers, and ornamental fish. The rest was mostly electronics and computer parts, plus jewellery.

Suvarnabhumi was occupied late on Tuesday and the old Don Muang airport, still a major domestic hub, on Wednesday. All passenger and cargo flights have been cancelled.

A prolonged closure of the $4 billion Suvarnabhumi airport, a major Asian hub that can handle 3 million tonnes of cargo a year, would do serious damage to an export-driven economy already struggling to cope with a global slowdown.

The protesters see the airport disruption as a way of toppling the government, which they say is a front for former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was removed by the military in September 2006 and now lives in exile.

"The siege of the airport came totally unexpected," Kasem told Reuters on Friday. "Even though some of the perishables were refrigerated, they couldn't last that long and some have been returned to Thai owners as the quality of these products can deteriorate quickly." Some cargo owners had decided to move their goods out of Suvarnabhumi by container trucks and through the south to Malaysia, where they are airlifted from Kuala Lumpur, he said.

"Some of the outgoing electronic or computer parts couldn't be delayed as they have supply-chain deadlines to meet. They need to reach factories in China and other Asian countries on time."

Some goods are also being sent by sea to Singapore, and then flown out from there.

"This process will add another one or two days to the shipping time, meaning it could take up to one week for goods using this "sea-air" process to reach their final destinations," Kasem said.

Another 1,000 tonnes of inbound cargo and 600 tonnes of transit cargo also go through Suvarnabhumi each day.

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The question of compensation may arise later, but for now, Kasem said, exporters are fully focused on shipping their goods.

"We haven't had time to think about suing anybody, being occupied with how to cope with the immediate problem. What we and the shippers don't know is how long the siege will drag on."

"I think both sides should take a step back and compromise for the national interest," he said.

Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat declared a state of emergency at the two airports late on Thursday, giving police authority to move in and remove the protesters, who have said they're going nowhere.

The government says commercial airlines can use U-Tapao, a Vietnam War-era air base 150 km (90 miles) east of Bangkok, as an alternative landing site, but Kasem said it was probably not much use for exporters.

"U-Tapao is not a viable alternative for air cargo because of the absence of cargo handling facility there. It's more convenient for passenger transfers or charter flights," he said. ($1=35.38 baht)
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Old November 29th, 2008, 09:42 PM   #1306
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Hope this clears out before the end of the year..
Damn you PAD!!!
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Old November 30th, 2008, 08:54 PM   #1307
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U-Tapao check-in counters being set up at BITEC


BANGKOK, Nov 30 (TNA) -- In an attempt to assist stranded foreign passengers in their departure from the kingdom, Airports of Thailand (AoT) in collaboration with concerned government agencies plan to temporarily open a check-in counter at Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) in Bang Na on the outskirts of Bangkok, Serirat Prasutanont, acting president of AoT said Sunday.

The specifics of the opening will be announced later, he said.

More than 100 flights by commercial airlines have so far requested permission to pick up stranded passengers at U-tapao airport, used by the US military during the Vietnam War, after Suvarnabhumi international airport was shut down by anti-government protesters since Tuesday, a senior Ministry of Transport official said Sunday.

Director-General Chaisak Angkasuwan of the Aviation Department, said although U-tapao naval airport -- inconvenient compared to Suvarnabhumi International Airport not only because it is over an hour's added travel time, has only one runway and very limited equipment, airlines have requested to land there with over 100 flights to pick up stranded passengers.

Thai Airways International (THAI) has just transported more essential equipment to U-tapao airport in the southeastern province of Chon Buri to help facilitate passenger departures after unexpectedly extended stays in Thailand, he said. (TNA)
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Old December 1st, 2008, 10:44 AM   #1308
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Old December 1st, 2008, 12:07 PM   #1309
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Thirty stranded aircraft leave Suvarnabhumi


BANGKOK, Dec 1 (TNA) - Stranded aircraft, from both domestic and international airlines, began leaving Suvarnabhumi Airport since last night without any disruption from the anti-government protesters People's Alliance for Demcocracy (PAD) protesters who stormed and seized the international airport since Tuesday.

There were 88 aircraft stranded at the airport, 12 belonging to foreign airlines while 76 were Thai-based airlines including Thai Airways International and Thai Air Asia.

Since Sunday night 30 of 88 empty aircraft had already left Suvarnabhumi without runway lights and or light on the aircraft as the authorities were afraid that the move would be disrupted by the protesters.

However, the operation ran smoothly, as the empty aircraft would be used for flights at other airports such as U-Tapao, Chiang Mai, Phuket or other regional airports to help stranded passengers to return home.

There were some 100,000 Thais and foreign passengers stranded in Thailand and abroad due to the closure of the two main airports, Suvarnabhumi last Tuesday and Don Mueang airport last Wednesday.

However, Suvarnabhumi airport will remain closed until 6pm today due to the presence of protesters, making it unsafe to reopen the airport. (TNA)
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Old December 1st, 2008, 08:51 PM   #1310
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50,000 passengers leave via U-tapao airport


RAYONG, Dec 1 (TNA) - Some 400 flights carrying 50,000 passengers have used U-tapao Naval airport in the past six days after Suvarnabhumi Airport was closed down by anti-government protesters last Tuesday, the U-tapao security chief said Monday.

Captain Somnuek Kaewmarerng said tour and airline companies have gained a better understanding of the new system adopted by U-tapao airport.

About 400 flights have so far used the airport carrying 20,000 inbound passengers and 30,000 outbound passengers, he said.

Under the new system implemented to facilitate stranded foreign passengers, the travellers (and their baggage) about to board their flights will be allowed to stay inside the passenger terminal. Those who are waiting for their flights will be allowed to stay at a service tent while their travelling documents are taken for processing by airline officials.

The condition inside the passenger terminal improved and was not congested Monday, unlike the past few days. (TNA)
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Old December 1st, 2008, 11:09 PM   #1311
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 02:57 AM   #1312
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I so support Thai people's act to protest and stop the operation of the airport.

First, this will give a lesson to the corruption people who only know how to suck up people's money.

Second, I am sorry to all the foreigners who stranded in Bangkok. But, to those who think that Thailand is cheap to visit and they can use they strong currency to go there and pretend themselves to be a king/queen. This is a good lesson... I hate everytime I visit Bangkok, I saw those foreigners (not only white people) act themselves like an elite group, try to act like they are king and queen.

Third, to reply to dear Oshkoshbgood: these are the people who DO NOTHING!!! (refer to the photo below)!!!

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Old December 2nd, 2008, 06:15 AM   #1313
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I am completely against the action of these protestors. It made me very furious that these people are occupying airport compounds, highly secured areas.. they are breaching not only local laws but international aviation laws.

If you know anything about Thailand, the country has been ruled in proxy by the military elites since the coup d'etat ended absolute monarchy some 70 years ago, when the country changed its name from Siam to Thailand.
I thought Thailand had moved from the dark ages. Before last coup, there has been no military intervention in politics for 14 years! Nearly a generation. These PAD clearly do not represent the view of most Thai people.
The majority of Thai people are poor. The majority lives in the north and north east region. They are even poorer than folks from the far south, yet these people are very under represented in all spectrums of Thai society. They are most discriminated against, even treated worse than people in Muslim majority south.

Thailand had fresh election and the people have voted the current government into power, by a CLEAR MAJORITY. The evidence remained that these PAD are not "pro" democracy, they are just unruly mobs and they must be dispersed immediately.

Here's a good explaination of current situation by the Asian Human Rights Commission.
http://www.ahrchk.net/statements/mai...atements/1779/

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Old December 2nd, 2008, 11:56 AM   #1314
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I so support Thai people's act to protest and stop the operation of the airport.

First, this will give a lesson to the corruption people who only know how to suck up people's money.

Second, I am sorry to all the foreigners who stranded in Bangkok. But, to those who think that Thailand is cheap to visit and they can use they strong currency to go there and pretend themselves to be a king/queen. This is a good lesson... I hate everytime I visit Bangkok, I saw those foreigners (not only white people) act themselves like an elite group, try to act like they are king and queen.

Third, to reply to dear Oshkoshbgood: these are the people who DO NOTHING!!! (refer to the photo below)!!!
Refer to the photo. These people were also a stranded passengers at Bangkok Airport. They should've been flying to Mecca. And your comment about people who do nothing refer to the photo might be hurt some people feelings. Please have a respect to all!

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Old December 2nd, 2008, 01:21 PM   #1315
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Why should I care? Ask yourself, do you care about Thai people's feeling??? If the answer is no, then shut up
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 09:22 PM   #1316
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Cargo service resumes at Suvarnabhumi airport


BANGKOK, Dec 2 (TNA) -- Dedicated air-cargo flight services at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi international airport in Bangkok's resumed Tuesday, but passenger service is not expected to restart until mid-month, according to Serirat Prasutanont, chief of the airport and acting director of Airports of Thailand (AoT).

Mr. Serirat said that anti-government protesters of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) is still occupying the airport areas, the airport would be closed until 6pm on Monday December 15.

The cargo service resumed operation at 9am Tuesday, he said, adding that AoT would try to resume all services as soon as possible.

The airport was shut down since last Tuesday after the PAD protesters stormed into the terminal and blocked the runways. The shut down has left tens of thousands of foreign travelers stranded in Thailand.

Resumption of cargo service at the airport came after the PAD core leaders and airport officials reached an agreement.

After meeting with senior AoT officials Tuedsay, PAD leaders said the coalition group is willing to allow the airport to open as as soon as possible.

PAD core leaders Somkiat Pongpaiboon and Sirichai Mai-ngarm told reporters after talks with AoT chairman Wuthiphan Vichairat that the parties would set up a joint committee to decide which area of airport that AoT needs for its services.

Mr. Somkiat said if the AoT's request did not affect the anti-government protest mission, the PAD would return areas to the airports authority.

He added that the PAD did not damage any part of the airport. (TNA)
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Old December 3rd, 2008, 08:39 AM   #1317
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Officials inspect two Bangkok airports before resuming services


BANGKOK, Dec 3 (TNA) – Thai airport officials will inspect the terminals of Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports after the anti-government People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protesters ended their occupation at the two main airports on Wednesday morning, according to Suvarnabhumi Airport Director Serirat Prasutanond.

Mr. Serirat, who is also acting Airport of Thailand (AoT) president, said airport officials would inspect the airport areas both restricted and public areas, runway, taxiway as well as ground equipment whether they were safe under the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

After the inspection mission was completed, all systems would be tested until the airport officials were confident that all operation could run safely under international standards. Then, he said, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) would inspect and issue safety verification approval just like the inauguration of the new airport.

Mr. Serirat and DCA director-general Chaisak Angsuwan had initial inspected the physical condition of the airport and found that the airport was mostly in good condition, only a few and minor damages could be seen.

He said all the system must be tested similarly to the opening of a new airport so it was too early to say when full service would resume.

However, he said, the airport planned to start resume its services at midnight on December 4 to mark the auspicious beginning of His Majesty the King's birthday on December 5.

The first three flights to take off from Suvarnabhumi airport will be Thai Airways International (THAI) services departing to Sydney, Australia; Rome, Italy and Nagoya, Japan, he said.

Domestic flights were expected to start this afternoon, he said, adding that the first flight would be Phuket to Suvarnabhumi.

Cargo flights from Suvarnabhumi resumed December 2.

Meanwhile, Don Mueang airport director acting Flying Officer Anirut Thanomkulbutra said after the situation returned to normal, the airport would discuss with the agencies concerned to resume its services as soon as possible. (TNA)
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I care and i do have respect to all. No wonder you put madness under your nick.
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Bangkok airport slowly resumes operations

BANGKOK: Thailand's international airport creaked back to life Wednesday after a week of blockades by protesters. A Thai Airways Boeing 747-400 landed at around 2 p.m. from the resort island of Phuket, the first passenger flight to land since protesters besieged the airport Nov. 25. A second flight was due to arrive from Jordan later in the afternoon.

Passengers will leave the airport through a small facility that usually handles crew members, not the main terminal, which is still undergoing checks and cleaning, the airport authority said.

Protesters began leaving the airport on Wednesday, a day after Thailand's Constitutional Court handed them a victory by disbanding the governing party and banning the prime minister from politics.

The court ruling, which bars senior members of the People Power Party from politics for five years, prompted the protesters to declare an end to their shutdown of Bangkok's two civilian airports. The protests stranded tens of thousands of foreign travelers.

Leaders of the People Power Party said they would reconstitute the government under another party name, the Party for Thais and would call a session of Parliament on Monday to select a new prime minister.

The party's claim on parliamentary votes was not assured, however, and the antigovernment forces celebrated the ruling.

The demonstrators, largely drawn from the elite and middle-class establishment, have been protesting for three years against leadership that they said remained loyal to Thaksin Shinawatra, the prime minister ousted in a coup in September 2006.

Thaksin, whose five and a half years of rule were clouded by accusations of corruption, drew his strength by empowering the rural poor, a divisive approach in a country with one of the world's deepest divides between rich and poor.

The court ruling has added momentum to the protest movement's hopes to dilute the hinterland's rising electoral power.

It was not clear when full passenger and cargo service would resume at the enormous international airport and a smaller domestic hub, Don Muang Airport, but the damage to Thailand's agricultural export trade and tourist industry has been deep.

The unanimous ruling issued by the Constitutional Court to disband the governing party represented an expanding activist role for Thailand's judiciary, which has in effect been a political player since early 2006.

The easing of the national crisis came three days before the 81st birthday of Thailand's venerated monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, an occasion on which he is expected to make his annual address to the nation.

Despite the ruling, the threat of violence continued, with fears building of a possible backlash by government supporters. For the most part, the protests have proceeded peacefully, but an explosion at Don Muang early Tuesday killed one protester.

The ruling disbanded not only the governing People Power Party but also two smaller coalition parties; the court found that they had committed fraud during the elections last December that brought them to power. It forced out Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, a brother-in-law of Thaksin's.

"It is not a problem," said Somchai, an unassuming former judge who had seemed overwhelmed by the pressures of the job. "I was not working for myself. Now I will be a full-time citizen."

He spoke to reporters in the northern city of Chiang Mai, where he had conducted government business since returning from an overseas trip last Wednesday.

He had been forced to move from Don Muang Airport, where the government had based itself after protesters surrounded the prime minister's office in August.

Under the court ruling, Somchai and 59 executives of the three parties are banned from politics for five years. Twenty-four of the banned executives are members of Parliament and will have to resign their seats.

Until a new government is formed, Deputy Prime Minister Chawarat Chanweerakun is to act as interim prime minister.

The activist role of the courts in politics can be traced partly to a rare speech by the king to judges in April 2006. He called the political situation at the time "a mess" and said, "You'd better discuss with others what solutions are available; otherwise the country will be in jeopardy."

In May 2007, the Constitutional Court banned Thaksin and 110 other senior party leaders from participating in politics for five years, for election fraud. The court also forced the dissolution of Thai Rak Thai, the predecessor party to the party disbanded Tuesday.

In September this year, Somchai's predecessor, Samak Sundaravej, was forced out after less than eight months in office when the court ruled that he had unlawfully accepted payments to appear on television cooking shows while prime minister.

Mark McDonald contributed reporting from Hong Kong.

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Flights resume at Suvarnabhumi since siege ends


BANGKOK, Dec 3 (TNA) - Wednesday saw the first commercial inbound and outbound flights of Thai Airways International at Suvarnabhumi Airport in a week, symbolically reopening Bangkok to the world, after a week-long strangle-hold by anti-government protesters.

The THAI flight arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 2:15 pm from the resort island of Phuket. It parked near a THAI crew centre, about two kilometres from the main building as facilities including the docking bridge and baggage carousels were still not fully operational. Passenger feelings were mixed.

The second flight into Suvarnabhumi Wednesday was Royal Jordanian Airlines flight with 60 passengers, landing just an hour later, followed by a Bangkok Airways flight from Samui, landing at 4 pm.

The first THAI international flight from Suvarnabhumi since protesters left the airport departed for Sydney at 5.25 pm., with outbound flights to Delhi, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Seoul and Copenhagen to depart through the night. Suvarnabhumi Airport director Serirat Prasutanont said passengers were however still required to check in at the temporary check-in counters at BITEC Exhibition Centre seven hours in advance of flight departure, as the check-in system at Suvarnabhumi was not ready.

Peoples' Alliance for Democracy protesters who had occupied Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang Airports for about eight days withdrew on Wednesday morning, proclaiming victory in removing now former prime minister Somchai Wangsawat from office.

Meanwhile, Bangkok's Don Mueang domestic airport, shut down by the PAD protesters since Wednesday last week, will resume normal services from 6am Thursday, airport director Anirut Thanomkulbutra said.

Speaking to a press conference, Flying Officer Anirut said the first flight to leave Don Mueang Thursday morning will be a Thai Airways International flight to Ubon Ratchathani in the northeast.

Services at the airport returned to normal after the PAD protesters left the terminal on Wednesday.

Surachai Thansitthipong, Permanent Secretary for Transport, said THAI had arranged some 140 flights carrying 30,000 stranded passengers out of Thailand up to Tuesday after Suvarnabhumi international airport was closed by protesters one day earlier than Don Mueang.

The substitute flights departed from U-tapao airport southeast of Bangkok and some other provincial airports.

Initially, damages resulted from illegal occupation by the protesters at the two airports are estimated at Bt20 billion, said Mr. Surachai, adding that THAI would file civil charges against the protesters and demand compensation at Bt20 billion plus expenses on other damages.

Mr. Surachai said THAI -- which already borrowed Bt20 billion -- needs to borrow another Bt20 billion to boost its liquidity. (TNA)
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