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Suvarnabhumi Airport is ready for an influx of air passengers over the New Year holidays and is giving free parking until January 4

Passenger numbers over the 12-day period are expected to be 72 per cent higher than a year ago. Metropolitan Airport CEO Kittipong Kittikachorn said Suvarnabhumi is fully prepared to meet the high demand for travel during the festive season in line with health and safety standards.

A total of 591’090 passengers are projected to pass through the country’s main air gateway from December 25 to January 5, a 72 per cent increase from the same period 12 months ago. This figure includes 188’637 international passengers and 402’453 domestic passengers, based on current flight information, he said.

Total air traffic (take-off and landing) is projected to be 5’961, with an average of 497 aircraft per day, an increase of 12% from a year ago. International air traffic will be 3,071, an increase of 92%, while domestic traffic will be 2’890, a decrease of 22.6%.

Kittipong Kittikachorn said 12 scheduled and charter airlines have asked to add 282 flights: 223 domestic and 59 international. Bangkok Airways plans 169 flights, THAI Smile Airways 50 and T-Way Airlines 17.

The director-general stressed that Suvarnabhumi has adjusted its procedures in line with the revised entry regulations announced by the Covid-19 Situation Management Centre in response to concerns over the Omicron coronavirus variant.

New applications for arrivals from abroad under the Test&Go and Sandbox programmes, excluding Phuket, have been suspended from December 21 to January 4. However, those who were already registered for Thailand Pass before December 21 will still be allowed to visit according to their original travel plans.

In case hotels are unable to pick up arriving Thai Pass guests, Suvarnabhumi Airport has arranged for SHA Plus hygiene and security compliant taxis to take passengers to their destinations. The SHA Plus transport counter is located on the first floor, in the waiting terminal, at Gate 10.

In addition, Suvarnabhumi Airport will waive long-term parking charges in Zone C from 12.01 am on December 30 to midnight on January 4 as a New Year gift for travellers during the festive season.

“Zone C can accommodate 718 cars and a shuttle bus connects it to the terminal building,” said Kittipong Kittikachorn, general manager of the airport.

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