WHILE four private aircraft have officially requested permission to land and park at Mjets Ltd.’s private passenger terminal within Don Mueang Airport tomorrow (Aug. 22), Pheu Thai Party de facto boss/former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s name is not listed among the passengers arriving on all four private airplanes, Matichon newspaper and Sanook.com said this afternoon (Aug. 21).
This list of passengers travelling on the four private aircraft landing at Don Mueang tomorrow also does not have the name of any member of Thaksin’s family on it.
However, according to aviation regulations, private airlines need not inform the airport authorities of passengers they are flying to the country in advance. They are allowed to add passengers who may present themselves at the Immigration service point upon arrival.
Thaksin’s daughter who is one of three Pheu Thai candidates for prime minister had said on Saturday (Aug. 19) that after 17 years in self-exile abroad, the globetrotting deposed prime minister is finally returning aboard a private jet to land at Don Mueang airport at about 9.00 a.m. tomorrow.
Meanwhile Mr. Karun Thanakuljeerapat, Don Mueang’s director, clarified that an invitation sent to reporters eager to cover Thaksin’s return via Line with a QR code added to make an entry card was first deleted because it was only a draft and not officially approved.
There was an error in the draft invitation as Don Mueang has not been assigned to invite the media to cover this event and after this was deleted the amended invitation was resent to the reporters.
Top: Pheu Thai de facto boss/ former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s image overlaid on that of Don Mueang Airport building. Credit: Matichon
Front Page: Mjets Ltd.’s private passenger terminal at Don Mueang Airport. Photo: Sanook.com