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Bangkok Shutdown: Air control body says can ensure no disruption by protesters

Published on Jan 15, 2014 2:39 PM
 
Thai anti-government protesters blow into whistles at Asok intersection during ongoing rallies in Bangkok on Jan 15, 2014. Thailand's air traffic communications body said on Wednesday that it had back-up operations to ensure no disruption to air travel if hard-line anti-government protesters attempt to shut down its main control centre. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thailand's air traffic communications body said on Wednesday that it had back-up operations to ensure no disruption to air travel if hard-line anti-government protesters attempt to shut down its main control centre.

Protesters trying to topple the government are camped in central Bangkok and one faction has threatened to besiege the stock exchange and offices of the Aeronautical Radio of Thailand Ltd (AeroThai), part of the Ministry of Transport, which handles air traffic control communications.

AeroThai's offices in central Bangkok threatened by the protesters looks after planes in air space beyond 80km from Thai airports.

"AeroThai has prepared contingency plans to handle any situation that may affect our service...For en-route services, AeroThai has set up a back-up centre working parallel to our primary system," company president Prajak Sajjasophon told Reuters.

 
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