Airport Shut by Protesters Reopens

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Bangkok, Thailand (AP) There was a celebration with dancers, drummers and apologetic tourist officials as Thailand's main international airport reopened today – about halfway anyway.

The facility was shut down for a week after anti-government protesters took it over and even the festive atmosphere couldn't hide the fact that the airport was operating at around 50 percent capacity.

Scores of flights have been canceled, another setback for tourists in a confusing and tiring ordeal.

The protest stranded more than 300,000 tourists, forced the cancellations of hundreds of flights and dealt a heavy blow to the country's tourism-dependent economy. Bangkok's domestic airport was also shut by protesters. It reopened yesterday.

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