The U-TAPAO International Airport in Thailand, an old air base, is once again being used as a commercial airport in Thailand, for the first time since 2008. It has declared itself a fully functional airport that will receive scheduled commercial flights. This will relieve a lot of congestion from Bangkok’s other airports. The first flight to land there was on July 15, an AirAsia Bhd. flight from Kuala Lumpur.
Air traffic congestion is becoming a major problem in Thailand, and the issue is a threat to the country’s ability to enforce safety standards. Should the country’s ranking from the FAA be downgraded, it could lose Thailand a lot of money and reduce the number of flights into and out of the country, both for cargo and passengers.
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