WITH Thailand going through its rainy season and the heavy downpour on Thursday night having led to a part of Suvarnabhumi Airport being briefly flooded, air passengers are urged to leave for the airport three hours before flight departure.
Suvarnabhumi Airport Director Siroj Duangrat told Thai News Agency yesterday there was also a brief power outage and nine delayed flights that night.
Heavy rainfalls in many parts of greater Bangkok on Thursday night led to the road in front of the first floor of the passenger terminal being flooded with this preventing taxi drivers from picking up passengers from 10.30 p.m. to 12.45 a.m. that night but this service was moved to the fourth floor.
The airport management successfully drained out all the floodwater that very night, Mr Siroj added.
Regarding news that some taxi drivers refused to accept Thai passengers during this period, Mr Siroj said that the airport is currently scrutinizing its closed-circuit TV network and if any cabbies registered with the airport are found to have done so they will be summoned for questioning and punished.
Meanwhile the Meteorological Department said that during August 25-26, 2016 there will be scattered to fairly widespread thundershowers with isolated heavy rainfalls in Bangkok with this mostly occurring from afternoon to evening while during August 27-31 there will scattered thundershowers also mostly from the afternoon to evening.
A moderate southwest monsoon prevails across the Andaman Sea, the South and the upper Gulf of Thailand.
TOP: Passengers checking in at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Photo: Felix Triller, CC-BY-2.0
INSET: An electronic departure board at this airport displays flight information. Photo: Nick Hubbard, CC-BY-2.0
By Thai Residents reporters