Airports of Thailand slash jobs at Bangkok's Don Mueang

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Airport operator Airports of Thailand (AoT) is cutting the staff strength at Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport by half, as traffic at the Thai capital's former international air hub continues to fall.

AoT will slash the number of staff at Don Mueang to 210 from 464, says an AoT spokeswoman. The number of workers in outsourced jobs will be cut to 122 to 169, she adds.

Staff who no longer have jobs at the airport will be transferred to other departments within AoT, says the spokeswoman.

The job cuts are part of a restructuring process at the airport, which was Thailand's main international gateway until Suvarnabhumi Airport opened in 2006. Don Mueang handles mostly domestic flights currently.

Passenger traffic at the airport has fallen over the years. It handled 2.8 million passengers in the fiscal year ended 30 September 2009, down from 5.8 million a year ago.