Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi Airport has held a ceremony to mark the start of special services during the Songkran festival, catering to local holidaymakers and international tourists.

The airport’s director Raweewan Netarakavesana said as the festive period marks a major spike in passenger arrivals and departures, the airport has organised the ceremony to remind staff members to ensure quality and speedy service during the hectic long weekend.

Every piece of the airport equipment is being checked and more staff members are being deployed around the airport ahead of the festival. Security will also be tightened to monitor the flow of visitors.

The airport is also hosting “Suvarnabhumi Songkran Festival 2014” to welcome passengers during April 8-28 and to introduce them to key elements of the festival at the moment they land. Buddha statues will be placed at the Departure Hall for water pouring and traditional Thai costumes can be rented for photo ops in the airport.

Nearly 1.5 million passengers are expected to pass through the airport during April 9-18.-VNA