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Lunar surge may top 1.8 million traveler at airport

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On Sunday, Suvarnabhumi International Airport’s general manager, Kittipong Kittikachorn, predicted 1.81 million passengers for the Chinese New Year festival from January 16 to 28. He claimed the festival will see 10,965 flights, 7,635 international and 3,330 domestic.

Ten airlines have requested 86 additional and charter flights: 84 international and two domestic, according to Kittipong. “T Way (26 flights), Jeju Air (24 flights), and Xiamen Airlines (10 flights) are the top three airlines that requested extra and charter flights, more check-in counters for 16 airlines had been added, as well as an increase in ground staff to alleviate congestion”, he added.

Chinese interpreters will be on hand in force, and merchants have been asked to display Chinese-language banners during the festival. “To introduce visitors to public transportation services, the airport will show Chinese-language video clips,” Kittipong said.

He advised passengers to arrive at the airport at least three hours before departure, noting that the busiest times are from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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