Don Mueang queues due to 'staff shortage'

Plans in line to increase capacity

This photo taken in March shows what passes for queues at immigration at Suvarnabhumi airport. The head of the Immigration Bureau, Pol Lt Gen Nathathorn Prousoontorn, admits he lacks the staff to man the immigration booths at both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports. (File photo)

Immigration Bureau Chief Nathathorn Prousoontorn admitted Sunday that a staff shortage was behind the hours-long wait for foreigners entering Thailand through Don Mueang International Airport on Saturday.

Pol Lt Gen Nathathorn said the Immigration Bureau will station 48 more immigration officers at Don Mueang airport by next week to handle visiting passengers during rush hours, when the airport has to deal with delays and extra flights.

He said the bureau also has a long-term plan to reduce waiting times by recruiting 300 more police officers to increase immigration capacity at both Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports by the end of this year.

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