Trains, airports shut down for 3rd day

For the third day in a row, Thailand's transportation infrastructure remained crippled as anti-government PAD protestors blocked roads leading to two southern airports and train service nationwide has ground to a halt.

Thousands of tourists and Thai nationals have found themselves stranded in Phuket and Krabi, with little option of how to return to their home countries or home towns. Hat Yai’s airport reopened on Saturday after local officials convinced PAD protestors to allow flights to resume, and Phuket and Krabi's airports look set to resume service on Sunday. Worse for travellers, however, train service across the entire country remains at a standstill for the fourth consecutive day as state railway workers continue to strike.

Transport Minister Santi Promphat directly ordered the State Railways of Thailand (SRT) to immediately meet again with its labour union and find a way to get its staff back to work. Thailand’s railway workers have been striking en masse by calling in sick out of sympathy for the Bangkok protests, which are growing more violent by the day.

The SRT was forced to suspend trains on 76 of its routes, essentially every important rail route in the country. Tourists are suffering the worst from the strike as they have no way to complete their travel plans between northern and southern Thailand. Anyone planning to travel to Thailand should reconsider their plans until the political tensions have been resolved.

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