A 45-year-old German tourist jumped to his death at Suvarnabhumi Airport at around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
In CCTV footage posted on YouTube, the man is seen dragging his black suitcase to a spot on the fourth-floor walkway connecting the airport’s car park building and departure terminal before taking a running start and jumping headfirst over the railing. He suffered severe injuries to his head and neck and later died at hospital.
The German had reportedly entered Thailand on February 15 and was scheduled to leave on March 16. His “motive” for virtually diving into his death remains unknown.
Police said that since the airport opened in late 2006, more than a dozen foreign tourists have jumped from the connecting platform between the car par and the fourth floor of the outbound passenger terminal, reportedly at a “rate of three or four suicides each year”. Airport officials previously announced a plan to install high glass barriers at the terminal’s fourth level.
We’re not going to post the clip of the fatal leap but if you want to watch it – it’s here. The man was apparently intent on ending his life that way before returning to his home country. Whatever the “motive” may have been – R.I.P.
Germany’s flag carrier Lufthansa, the largest airline in Europe, will soon offer super-low introductory airfares to Bangkok and Phuket when it launches its new low-cost, long-haul carrier Eurowings in October this year.
The Bangkok Post reports that the budget airline will initially serve Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport and Phuket, along with Dubai, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Fares from Germany to Thailand will start at only 199.99 Euros (currently less than 7,200 Baht).
Eurowings will start its long-haul service with two Airbus A330-200 planes seating 310 from Cologne airport and copy a price model introduced by the Lufthansa’s Germanwings unit with a “basic, smart and best” fare.
Flights to Bangkok will later also depart from Berlin and Hamburg, as well as a number of European airports including London-Heathrow (fares starting at £229.99) with stopovers in Germany.
Thai immigration will soon “install immigration clearance machines to cut queues at the country’s main Bangkok airports by mid-2015.” In addition, more immigration personnel will soon be manning Suvarnabhumi Airport’s immigration booths to “cut the lines during peak hours.” The ambitious goal is to limit the time it takes to clear immigration from up to two hours to 30 minutes.
According to a report in the Bangkok Post, a total of 16 automated immigration clearance machines will be allotted only to Suvarnabhumi airport – eight in the departure and eight in the arrivals hall -, while another four machines will be installed at Don Mueang Airport.
The new machines will be ready for use by July this year and are expected to “hasten immigration clearance, as they require a mere 20 seconds to process each person, while an immigration officer takes twice that, averaging 45 seconds per passport stamp.”
Unfortunately, the Bangkok Post adds, tourists will initially not be able to use the machines but “those eligible for machine-processed entry will only be foreign residents of Thailand who pre-registered with the immigration police to use the devices.”