Bangkok's former Don Muang International Airport, which was closed to commercial flights nearly six months ago following the opening of Suvarnabhumi Airport, officially reopened Sunday for domestic flights.
Four commercial airlines, including Thai Airways International (THAI), Nok Air, One-Two-Go and Orient Thai, are initially providing services at the century-old airport.
Senior Transport Ministry officials, including Permanent Secretary for Transport Chaisawat Kittipornpaibul, were on hand to welcome passengers boarding four Thai Airways International (THAI) and Nok Air flights on Sunday.
Services offered to passengers and security measures at Don Muang on the first day of resumed operations were quite smooth, according to Kalaya Pakakrong, acting president of Airports of Thailand.
The reopening of Don Muang will help ease congestion at the new Suvarnabhumi Airport as its taxiways and main terminal undergo repairs.
Located in Bangkok's neighboring province of Samut Prakan, the new airport intended as Southeast Asia's commercial aviation hub has been plagued by varied problems including cracked taxiways, a shortage of toilets, design flaws and a long list of corruption allegations.