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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Bangkok – Don Mueang Airport readiness decried

Via: ISN Hot News

Korean carrier cites facility shortcomings Contrary to what Thai authorities claim, Don Mueang airport appears not yet ready to resume international flights, as the South Korean budget carrier T’way Airlines says the problems it encountered has prompted it to halt service there.

T’way, which said it was bombarded by “uncountable” complaints from Thai and foreign passengers alike, blasted Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) and Thai officials related to airport operations for failing to provide sufficient service and facilities to support international flights through Bangkok’s old airport.

In a formal complaint submitted earlier this week to agencies including the Civil Aviation, Immigration and Customs departments, T’way regional manager Choi Byung-moon listed seven major deficiencies at the airport, which AoT earlier vowed would be ready by Aug 1.

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“It is absolutely NOT READY. There is too much inconvenience for passengers,” the frustrated South Korean executive told the Bangkok Post.

Among the problems faced by T’Way are:

– too few check-in counters

–  no refund facilities for value-added tax (VAT)

– breakdowns of luggage carousels

– lax security

– a shortage of immigration officers (there was a major shortage of immigration officers at the newer Suvanabhumi Airport, and now . . .)

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Hey, nobody can be perfect!

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Read more, HERE:

http://en.isnhotnews.com/?p=21725

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The Thai government is confident, I say CONFIDENT, there won’t be a repeat of last years flooding (see photo).

There were very few airlines flying in Don Muang last year, but many airlines including AirAsia have had to relocate to the old airport.

But IF there is a repeat of last years floods; it will be nothing short of an epic cluster-f*ck!

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