Oct 25 2011
About 13:00 Tuesday Thai time, Thai low cost carrier Nok Air announced it was moving all incoming flights effective immediately to Bangkok’s main international gateway Suvarnabhumi Airport. The only other carrier using the airport, Orient Thai Airlines/1-2-Go!, is moving all flights to Suvarnabhumi Airport at 15:00 today. The reason given is that flooding of the airport runway is imminent. To be clear, Don Muang is not Bangkok’s main international airport.
In this report Nok Air is quoted (and also apparently by a tweet from their CEO) as saying all flights are stopping till November 1. There are also reports they have been moving their aircraft to U-Tapao airport near Pattaya. As their website is down, it’s unclear what the next step should be for ticket holders.
If you had planned to fly out of Bangkok with Nok Air in the next few days, we’d advise rebooking with Thai AirAsia, THAI or Bangkok Airways immediately.
Simultaneously, FROC (the official mouthpiece of the emergency response) has issued an immediate evacuation order for the Muang Ake area, which lies to the north east of the airport. The warning suggests Muang Ake residents should expect 1-1.5 metres of water in the area. This is still well north of the centre of Bangkok.
The siutuation is very fluid and we’ll add more as we hear it.
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