Flights at Bangkok airports resume

Hotel News - 04/12/2008

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The closing of the Bangkok airports by demonstrators paralyzed the country’s economy and stranded hundreds of thousands of tourists. The potential for renewed political turmoil has been raised, however, as the party forced from office is preparing to regroup, in order to hold on to power.

On Wednesday evening, the first passenger jet took off from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport in a week – headed to Sydney.

Vudhibhandhu Vichairatana, the chairman of Airports of Thailand, has projected that operations at the international airport will return to normal over the next few days.

Cargo, emergency and military flights from Suvernabhumi resumed on Tuesday afternoon, Monrudee Kettuphan, an airport spokeswoman said.

Early on Wednesday, protesters ended their siege of the domestic and international airports in Bangkok, after the Thai Constitutional Court dissolved the ruling political party and banned Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat from politics for five years.

Anti-government protesters had accused the Somchai's government of being a front for former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who they say should be forced to stand trial for corruption.

On Tuesday, the Thai Court determined that the People Power Party committed electoral fraud, disbanding the party and barring Somchai and many other party officials from politics for five years.

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