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Thu 4 Dec 2008 06:37 AM

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Emirates sets date for Bangkok flight resumption

Scheduled flight to protest-hit airport set to resume on Saturday, airlines chiefs say.

Emirates has announced that it will boost its initiatives to help passengers affected by the closure of Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.

The Dubai-based airline is operating two additional relief flights to U-Taphao Airport until Dec. 5 as well as re-instating its scheduled flight EK372/373 (Dubai-Bangkok-Dubai) from Saturday.

The carrier has previously operated a recovery flight each to U-Taphao Airport and Chiang Mai Airport, bringing back close to 600 passengers.

Emirates' third recovery flight is due to return on Thursday carrying another 380 passengers.

The fourth recovery flight will depart Dubai on Friday and will also bring back 380 passengers.

At present the flight is scheduled to operate to U-Taphao Airport, but it may be re-routed to Bangkok if the on-ground situation improves further.

Emirates has also positioned additional flight and cabin crew in Thailand in preparation for the resumption of services.

Richard Vaughan, Emirates senior vice president, Commercial Operations, East Asia and Australasia said: “Emirates is pleased to note that Bangkok’s international airport is slowly resuming operations.

"We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will resume all operations once the situation has returned to full normalcy. The safety of our passengers and crew is of utmost importance and we would not wish to compromise it in any way.”

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