Chapman Freeborn Rescues O&G Firms from Bangkok Blockades



After the anti-government protests that left Suvarnabhumi (BKK) and Don Muang (DMK) airports at a standstill, cargo operations are returning to normal in Bangkok, Thailand.

With scheduled cargo flights to and from the regional hub halted for over a week, South East Asia’s oil and gas industry was among those which utilized specialist charter services to bypass the blockades.

Global air charter company Chapman Freeborn Airchartering came to the assistance of several clients who found their urgent cargo shipments caught up in the gridlock.

In one of several charters arranged during the period, Chapman Freeborn’s Singapore office coordinated the release and onward flight of time-critical rig spares destined for an offshore project in southern Vietnam.

The 2,000 kg payload was flown to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) on an AN-26 charter from U’tapao (UTP), a military airport 90km southeast of Bangkok which was used as an alternative gateway during the protests.

Both Bangkok airports reopened last week and Thailand's interim government has officially lifted a state of emergency imposed.