Thai Airways moves equipment to Don Muang

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BANGKOK, March 18 -- Only one week before domestic flights are to resume service at Bangkok's former Don Muang Airport, Thai Airways International (THAI) Sunday began moving some of its ground service equipment from the new Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Led by a police motorcade, the airline spent almost two hours in moving equipment loaded on 27 trailers and two crane trucks from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok's neighboring province of Samut Prakan to Don Muang.

On March 24, or only one-day before commercial domestic direct flights resume at Don Muang, THAI will move smaller equipment including passenger transport vehicles and luggage handling equipment to Don Muang.

THAI, along with three other domestic commercial airlines including Nok Air, One-Two-Go and Orient Thai, will resume their services at Don Muang to facilitate repairs of damaged sections of the runways and taxiways at Suvarnabhumi Airport which began full operations on September 28 last year.

Reopening Don Muang, closed since the debut of Suvarnabhumi Airport, is intended to ease congestion while mounting problems are addressed at the new airport, according to Thai transport authorities.