Chadchart confirms he's still in office

Chadchart confirms he's still in office

Transport minister, deputies chair meeting at ministry

Caretaker Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt and his two deputies, Prin Suvanadat and Pong Chewanan, called a meeting of heads of transport agencies on Wednesday morning to confirm that they remain in office even though the army has declared martial law.

Mr Chadchart also said he set up a transport coordination centre to help the Peace and Order Maintaining Command (POMC) return political demonstrators to their home provinces by bus and train.

Mr Chadchart said he would complain to the POMC about protesters entering expressways, blocking roads and seizing government offices, including the Ministry of Transport.

He would also ask the POMC to explain its imposition of martial law to foreign diplomats, so foreign tourists would not cancel their visits to Thailand.

Chokchai Panyayong, acting president of Thai Airways International, said that in the wake of martial law in Thailand, Australia and New Zealand had upgraded their travel warnings for Thailand to the highest level.

Airports of Thailand president Makin Petplai said martial law had not affected the number of air travellers. The number of passengers using Suvarnabhumi airport had dropped by 5-10% to 120,000 daily from 120,000-150,000 because it is the low season for tourism, and because of the months of political demonstrations.

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