Thai protestors accept evacuation deal

Protesters occupying Bangkok’s main airports have agreed to allow 88 empty planes to fly to provincial airports to pick up stranded tourists.Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. and Singapore Airlines Ltd. are among carriers using the U-Tapao military airfield east of Bangkok to evacuate passengers. According to reports about 300,000 travelers were trapped in Thailand and the government has warned it may take a month to repatriate them.

Members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy, composed mostly of the Bangkok middle class, royalists and civil servants, shut down the Suvarnabhumi international and Don Mueang domestic airports to pressure Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat to resign.

A total of 88 aircraft had been stranded at Suvarnabhumi international airport since demonstrators stormed the terminal and forced it to close last Tuesday, an Airports of Thailand spokeswoman has said.