Thailand's six main airports will be teeming with 24% more travellers in the forthcoming holiday season than in the same period last year.
A daily average of 255,300 passengers is expected to go through the airports from Dec 25 to Jan 5, up from 206,700 in the same period last year when the numbers were depressed by flooding.
The surge in traffic is in line with the estimates of airlines, which are providing 1,476 flights a day, up 144 or 11%, according to Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT).
Somchai Sawasdeepon, AoT's acting president, said Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports, which handle the bulk of Thailand's passenger traffic, would see daily passenger volume rising by 29% to 197,000 as airlines are ramping up flights by 10% to 1,100 a day.
At Suvarnabhumi, 27 airlines are to add 422 extra flights over holiday period, breaking down to 271 international and 151 domestic flights.
AoT's regional airports will also see an increase in traffic.
Passenger volume at Phuket airport will be up by 2,100 a day to 31,000, with flights up by 19 to 190 a day.
At Chiang Mai, passengers will rise by 1,100 a day to 17,000, while flights will increase by 19 a day to 124.
Hat Yai airport will see a daily increase of 1,000 passengers to 6,800, with four additional daily flights to 44.
There will be 400 more passengers a day at Chiang Rai airport to 3,500 as two daily flights are added to its usual 18.
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