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Committee calls for U-tapao airport upgrade to ease traffic

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U-tapao military airport in Rayong should be upgraded to a commercial airport to reduce congestion at Suvarnabhumi, says the Strategic Committee for Reconstruction and Future Development. 

The meeting of the committee, chaired last week by Virabongsa Ramangkura, chairman of the Bank of Thailand, agreed it is imperative for the government to develop U-tapao to offer commercial services instead of being a reserved airport used only in emergencies.

The services should be designated mainly for private and charter flights, particularly those carrying foreign visitors who head to Pattaya and nearby areas, said Pansak Vinyaratn, an adviser to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

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