Air arrivals jump as entry curbs ease

Air arrivals jump as entry curbs ease

Suvarnabhumi Airport has seen a jump in foreign arrivals in the three days since the Thailand Pass requirement was lifted on July 1, according to deputy government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul.

On Friday, the number of flights into Suvarnabhumi rose to 140, bringing in 27,642 passengers. On Saturday, there were 134 flights with 27,147 passengers aboard, and yesterday, the airport clocked up 150 incoming flights with 28,910 passengers.

Ms Traisuree said the figures represented an increase last month which saw on average 130 daily landings carrying 23,000-24,000 passengers.

The rise is consistent with the Tourism and Sports Ministry's estimate that foreign arrivals could soon top 30,000 a day, said Ms Traisuree, adding the ministry also predicted the number could double during the high tourism season starting from October.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has forecast that air travellers to Thailand could exceed 10 million this year.

Meanwhile, the government is launching the "Thailand Moving Together" campaign today at Suvarnabhumi Airport to show the country is ready for tourists to return.

The event, to be presided over by Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, is jointly organised by the Public Health Ministry, the Transport Ministry and the Tourism and Sports Ministry.

Today's event will be Mr Anutin's first official engagement since his recovery from Covid-19, which he contracted during his recent trip to Europe.

Deputy Pheu Thai Party leader, Yutthapong Charasathien, yesterday claimed the country's daily Covid-19 caseloads were being underreported and that some vaccines are being hogged for political purposes.

The country registered 2,328 more infections and 19 new fatalities during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry announced yesterday. This followed the 2,508 new cases and 17 coronavirus-related fatalities reported on Saturday morning.

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