The Airports of Thailand AoTs six airports served over 66 million passengers during Fiscal Year 2011 Oct 2010-Sept 2011, a 15.46 per cent increase year-on-year, according to AoT President Anirut Thanomkulbutra. AoT operates six Thai airports — Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai and Mae Fah Luang/Chiang Rai in the north, Hat Yai in the south, and Phuket in the Andaman Sea.
The AoT president said that from Oct 2010-Sept 2011, over 66 million passengers used the six airports, a 15.5 per cent increase year-on-year. Among these, 42 million were international passengers, an increase of 17.5 per cent, and over 24 million were domestic passengers, a 12 per cent increase.
During the period, the president said, the airports serviced 441,440 flights — 148,388 international flights and over 193,000 domestic flights, an increase of nearly 14.5 per cent from last year. AoT has served 109 airlines worldwide, which it considers the highest number among countries in Southeast Asia.
Suvarnabhumi served most of the passengers at 47.80 million, followed by Phuket with 8.2 million passengers, he said. Although the number of passengers dropped to 110,500 on averagely per day during the flood crisis in November, but in December, the number of passengers picked up as flooding eased.
AoT coordinated with the Tourism Authority of Thailand TAT to explain to foreign countries Thailand’s flood-prevention measures intending to restore international confidence and draw tourists to Thailand during the high season in the remainder of 2011. Flight Officer Anirut said during the long New Year holiday, the number of passengers was expected to rise so he has instructed all six airports to facilitate and step up security measures to ensure the safety of passengers. MCOT online news
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