Flights Resume as Thai Protesters Take Off

300,000 stranded travelers scramble to grab seats
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Dec 3, 2008 3:40 AM CST
The first commercial airliner to land in a week is reflected in the windows of a bus at Suvarnabhumi international airport in Bangkok today.   (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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(Newser) – Flights have resumed at Bangkok's international airport as a mob of Thai protesters began exiting after a week-long siege. A passenger flight has already landed, and cargo planes have taken off. The first departing passenger plane is scheduled tomorrow, reports CNN. It will be days before both airports in the city shut down by anti-government protesters will be back up to full speed, according to officials. Some 300,000 stranded travelers are awaiting flights out of the city.

Protesters agreed to leave after a court ousted Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat and other government leaders on election fraud charges, effectively dissolving the government. But a spokesman vowed the pro-monarchy protesters would return if the constitution or laws are changed to "whitewash some politicians or to subdue the monarch's authority."