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Two THAI Aircraft make unexpected stop at U-Tapao Airport

Travel News Asia Friday, 26 January 2007

On Thursday, two Thai Airways International flights, TG 414 / routed Singapore Bangkok and TG 621 / routed Osaka Manila Bangkok, had to land at U-Tapao Airport.

The unscheduled stop at this small international airport, was due to in part to limited fuel and the need to circle because of heavy traffic at Suvarnabhumi. The heavy traffic was caused by the closure of west runway 01 at Suvarnabhumi Airport for maintenance. As a result, aircraft due to land at Suvarnabhumi, especially large aircraft, were instructed to land on the east runway which created a significant landing queue up. Consequently, THAIs aircraft was unable to land as scheduled and because of the limited fuel, the airline requested to land its aircraft at U-Tapao Airport for a fuel refill before flying back to Suvarnabhumi Airport.

TG 414 carried a total number of 83 passengers, including 16 in Business Class and 67 in Economy Class, utilizing Airbus 300-600 aircraft. TG 621 carried a total number of 141 passengers, including 18 in Business Class and 123 in Economy Class, utilizing Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.

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