Thai Airways International has filed a civil lawsuit seeking 575.2 million baht ($17.4 million) in damages from 36 individuals, who took part in anti-government protests last year that closed two airports and disrupted flights.

"The legal action has to be taken; otherwise, the board of directors and concerned management could be subject to charges of wrongfully unexercising their functions [as] required by state enterprise regulations," says the Star Alliance carrier.

The 36 defendants include key leaders of the People's Alliance for Democracy, which seized Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports in protests in November.

The lawsuit will be heard in court on 22 February 2010, according to Thai media reports.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news