Don Muang airport under water


BANGKOK, Thailand (eTN) – With a breach in a floodwall located northwards in Pathum Thani, Don Muang district is now invaded by water, which could reach between 1 to 1.5 meters.

Don Muang airport is now under water.

Bangkok’s oldest airport continued to serve domestic destinations with two low-cost airlines flying on a regular basis, however, the flood has now forced airlines to suspend their flights.

According to the English-speaking daily newspaper, the Bangkok Post, Nok Air CEO Patee Sarasin twittered in the early afternoon (1:00 pm local time) that all Nok Air flights will be suspended until November 1. Orient Thai Airways announced it would also relocate its flights from Don Muang to Suvarnabhumi International Airports starting today. By the end of the afternoon, the Airports Authority of Thailand (AOT) finally announced the closure of the airport as the northern runway has been flooded. The airport might remain closed for a week, until Tuesday Nov. 1st.

The government’s FROC (Flood Relief Operations Centre) agency asked residents in surrounding areas to be ready for an urgent evacuation. The government also just declared a public holiday from October 27-31 which will only be for public servants affected by the floods. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra admitted at night that Bangkok city center could be also invaded by waters as the Chao Phraya river is already overflowing its banks. Thonburi side is likely to be covered by 50 cm water with other parts of Bangkok being submerged up to 150 cm.