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Suvarnabhumi braced for surge in passenger numbers over Songkran

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Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport is getting ready to face the Songkran surge, with some 1 million passengers expected to travel through the airport during the holiday period. Phuket Airport is also expected to be receiving near-record traffic for the holiday break this year.

According to a report from the National News Bureau of Thailand, airport bosses say additional facilities are being prepared and extra resources drafted in. In addition, the airport plans to offer a number of free parking spaces over the Songkran holiday.

Around 1 million passengers are expected to travel to and from the airport between April 11 and 17, averaging around 143,000 daily. Suvarnabhumi, Thailand’s main hub for international air travel, plans to open additional security lanes to cope with an influx in outbound passengers.

A new temporary screening area has been set up at Row W in the departure hall, which departing passengers can use in the event of congestion at the airport’s main security screening areas.

Passengers can also park their cars free of charge in parking zone C from just after midnight on April 12, up to midnight on April 18. They can then avail of a free transfer on the A line shuttle bus, which will take them to the passenger terminal. The service runs every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day.

Meanwhile, in the capital itself, elderly passengers can travel for free on the BTS Skytrain between April 13 – 15. The free tickets can be obtained from BTS ticket offices and are valid for the two BTS lines, including the extension line, Gold Line, and BRT bus service.

SOURCE: National News Bureau of Thailand

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