Phuket's overcrowded airport adds capacity, protests threaten GDP growth & in protest over garbage power plant villagers burn mock coffin.
Congested: Passengers wait to board in the overcrowded departure hall of Phuket airport. BOONSONG KOSITCHOTETHANA
Overcrowded Phuket airport: Plans to add capacity
The overcrowded Phuket airport will get some quick relief by the end of the year with a temporary new passenger terminal able to handle 3 million passengers a year.
The airport's main expansion costing 5.8 billion baht, will be completed in mid-2015.
The AoT board also asked management to conduct a feasibility study for a second runway at Phuket to meet future demand growth once the current expansion is finished.
The temporary passenger terminal will be located away from the existing terminal will have 10 check-in counters and will be used for passengers on international charter flights who will then be transferred by bus to the main terminal for security and immigration formalities.
Phuket airport's traffic volume is expected to reach 10.5 million this year, well beyond the 6.5 million the present terminal offers.
The ongoing main expansion will increase Phuket's annual passenger handling to 12.5 million.
The new multi-storey terminal able to handle 5 million passengers a year, will be for international travellers.
The present terminal will be used solely for domestic passengers once its upgrade is done in mid-2015, giving it a yearly capacity of 7.5 million passengers
But by the time Phuket's main expansion is completed, the incremental capacity will be absorbed by the growing traffic which is projected to grow to 12 million in 2015 if not more.
There are also plans to attract airlines to Krabi airport as an alternative to congested Phuket international airport with a ferry link between the two airports.
Krabi handles only a million passengers a year, despite having the capacity to handle up to 3 million.
Protests threaten GDP growth
Anti-government protests must not be allowed to turn violent or risk seriously damaging the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the year, the Economic and Business Forecasting Centre at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce said on Tuesday.
As long as rallies against government are carried out peacefully and in line with the law, the protests were unlikely to dampen the economy, even with the imposition of the Internal Security Act (ISA) in Bangkok.
But if the protest escalates to unrest, it will hurt the economic system and tourism. People will spend less, reducing domestic consumption.
It is projected that economic expansion for 2013 would be between 4 and 4.5%, with an average growth rate of 4.3%.
The average general consumer price index for the year is expected to stand at 2.5%, while exports would grow by about 4%.
GDP growth in the country would be trimmed by around 0.1 to 0.2%, if the rallies are democratic, peaceful and end in three months.
But if the protests are prolonged and violent and continue until October, the start of high season for the tourism sector, growth rates could be lowered by about 0.3%, to between 4.0 and 4.1% for the year.
In the event that extreme violence occurs, affecting the safety of foreign tourists, or if foreign embassies issue a warning for their citizens to be cautious about travelling to Thailand, growth would be trimmed by as much as 0.5%, resulting in only 3.8% growth for the year.
Villagers oppose waste-to-energy plant
About 500 villagers in Bang Rakam district of Phitsanulok have rallied in protest at the building of a new power plant that would use garbage as fuel, saying they are worried about possible pollution.
The protesters gathered at a temple to voice their concerns about the plan by VK Energy and Trading Co, which wants to construct a power plant on 63 rai in tambon Taluk Rad of Bang Rakam district. Local people are afraid the waste-to-energy plant would generate foul odours, pollute the air and water, and result in the transportation of more garbage into the village.
The company had arranged to send representatives to provide details about the project to villagers at 9am, but no one turned up.
At 10am, the villagers closed part of the Phitsanulok – Kamphaengphet Road and burned a replica coffin dedicated to the company’s executives.
About 100 police were deployed to scene, but there was no violence.
Later, around 11am, Viboon Tangkasemkit, mayor of Bang Rakam Muang Mai municipality, and Prasit Veethong, Bang Rakam tambon chief, told villagers that the company had sought permission to build the plant and wanted to provide details to local people. The project had not yet been approved.
The company wants to develop a 6.5 megawatt waste-to-energy plant to serve electricity demands of people in the area with promises to have an inspection process to monitor any pollution.
The company plans to invest one billion baht to develop the complex, which would include a park and a sports ground on 12 rai, a water reservoir of 23 rai and 18 rai for accommodation units.
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alternative: another choice - ทางเลือก, ตัวเลือก
annual: happening every year - ทุกๆปีด, ประจำปี
attract: to cause someone to be interested in something - ดึงดูดความสนใจ
board: a group of people who have the responsibility of managing important business or government activities - คณะกรรมการ
capacity: the total amount or number that can be handled or contained - ปริมาณสูงสุดที่จะรับได้
carry out: to do something, to finish and complete a task - ทำให้สมบูรณ์, ทำให้สำเร็จ
chamber of commerce: a group of local business people who work together to help business and trade in a particular town - หอการค้า
charter: a boat, plane, or bus that is available for hire, especially for use by a group of people; to hire a boat, plane or bus - เครื่องบินเหมาลำ, การเช่าเหมาเรือ, เช่าเหมา
check-in: the place where you go first when you arrive at an airport, to show your ticket, etc - เช็คอิน
conduct: to do something in an organised way; to carry out — - ลงมือทำ, ดำเนิน, ปฏิบัติ
congested: too blocked or crowded and causing difficulties - แน่นขนัด
counter: a long flat surface over which goods are sold or business is done in a shop/store, bank, etc - เคาน์เตอร์, โต๊ะขนาดยาว
current: of the present time - ปัจจุบัน
dampened: made something less strong, large, etc. - ทำให้อ่อนกำลังลง
demand: the need and desire of people to buy goods - อุปสงค์
domestic: inside the country being talked about - ภายในประเทศ
existing: used now - ที่มีอยู่
expansion: when something increases in size, number or importance - การขยายออก
feasibility: the possibility that something can be achieved - ความเป็นไปได้
ferry: a boat for taking passengers across an area of water, especially as a regular service - เรือรับส่งข้ามฟาก
forecast: a statement about what will happen in the future based on information available now - การพยากรณ์, การคาดการณ์
formality: something which has to be done but which has no real importance; something that the law or an official process says must be done - ระเบียบ,ระเบียบแบบแผน,พิธีรีตอง,ความเคร่งครัดในระเบียบ
gross domestic product: the total value of all goods and services produced in a country in a year, except for income received from money invested in other countries. It is often simply called GDP - ผลิตภัณฑ์มวลรวมภายในประเทศ
growth: economic growth, an increase in economic activity - การเติบโต
handle: to be able deal with a situation - ควบคุมได้, จัดการได้
handling: the management of goods and cargo while they are being sent from one place to another -
immigration: dealing with people entering and leaving the country - การตรวจคนเข้าเมือง
imposition: the introduction of something such as a new law or new system and require people to accept it - การกำหนด
in line with: following a rule or system; also in accordance with and consistent with - สอดคล้องกับ
international: connected with or involving two or more countries - นานาชาติ, สากล, ระหว่างประเทศ
link: a connection - การเชื่อมต่อ
multi-: more than one; many - มาก, หลาย
ongoing: happening at the present moment; continuing - ไม่หยุดยั้ง, ต่อเนื่อง
overcrowded: with too many people or things in it - ซึ่งแออัดยัดเยียด
passenger: someone who travels in a motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or ship but is not the driver or one of the people who works on it - ผู้โดยสาร
present: this time, happening now, happening currently - ปัจจุบันนี้
rally: a large public gathering of people to support someone or to protest against something - การชุมนุม
relief: help for improving a bad physical condition or a bad situation - การผ่อนคลาย, การบรรเทา
risk: the possibility that something dangerous or unpleasant might happen - ความเสี่ยง
runway: a long narrow strip of ground with a hard surface that an aircraft takes off from and lands on - ทางขึ้นลงของเครื่องบิน
security: protection; safety from attack, harm, or damage - ความมั่นคง, ระบบรักษาความปลอดภั, ความปลอดภัย
solely: only; not involving something else - เท่านั้น, โดยอันเดียว
storey: a level in a building - ชั้นของตึกหรืออาคาร
study: A setting of the mind or thoughts upon a subject; hence, application of mind to books, arts, or science, or to any subject, for the purpose of acquiring knowledge. - งานวิจัย
temporary: intended to be for a short time only; not permanent - ชั่วคราว
terminal: a large building at an airport where passengers arrive and leave - อาคารผู้โดยสาร
traffic: the number of cars, trucks and other vehicles traveling along a road at one time - การจราจร
transfer: moving someone or something from one place, vehicle, person or group to another - การย้าย
upgrade: to make a piece of machinery, computer system, etc. more powerful and efficient - ยกระดับ
violent: involving the use of physical force, with the intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people - รุนแรง
volume: an amount of something - ปริมาณ
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