Thai coup won't delay airport opening

General Sonthi Boonyaratkalin, who led a coup in Thailand to oust Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has confirmed that Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok will begin full operation for both domestic and international air traffic Sept. 28, as previously determined.

Somchai Sawasdeepon, general manager of the airport, also confirmed that the airport is ready to begin passenger and cargo service.

The new airport will take over most of the traffic from the Don Muang airport, also known as the Bangkok International Airport.

The Suvarnabhumi Airport has been operating some domestic and international flights since Sept. 15.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to David Cogswell at [email protected].

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