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Don Mueang Airport: 20 more immigration counters to open this week

Daily News reported that PM Prayut Chan-Ocha had ordered his transport minister to go to Don Mueang to see what was wrong with crowding at immigration both inbound and outbound. 

Saksayam Chidchob found that the airport couldn’t cope with the overcrowding and has ordered immediate measures to overcome the problem. 

However, no mention was made of the problems experienced by travelers at Bangkok’s main airport, Suvarnabhumi.

Saksayam said that the the Visa on Arrival section will be moved so that it does not interfere with other counters. This section is very busy now because of the waiver for Chinese and Indians in particular that has been extended to the end of April next year. 

At the moment the airport can cope with 1,600 outbound passengers an hour yet the average is 2,000.

Inbound can cope with 1,700 but there are 2,024 per hour. 

With the tourist high season looming in October he ordered immediate measures at the airport to be undertaken by the airport authority. 

Inbound the number of counters will be increased by 12 from 39 to 51. 

Outbound it will be increased by 8 from 36 to 44. 

He also ordered the Airport Authority of Thailand to report to ministers every month about the situation – something that Daily News called “homework” in their story.

Saksayam added that the Immigration Bureau have the manpower and the counters in place. They were clearly not being manned in sufficient numbers to cope with the traffic. 

In addition check-in is being extended from three hours to four. 

The story concentrated solely on Bangkok’s second largest airport Don Mueang – no mention was made of Suvarnabhumi where social media posts have told of long queues in recent weeks. 
 

Thai VisaDaily News

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