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Budget carriers drive Thailand's record visitor numbers

A passenger at Don Muang airport seeks help at a counter of Thai AirAsia, the market leader in Thailand for budget airlines. (Photo by Marwaan Macan-Markar)

BANGKOK -- When the refurbished Terminal 2 building reopened at Don Muang airport, north of Bangkok, for the New Year holiday rush, teething problems were expected. Among those causing headaches for Phet Chan-charoen, the airport's general manager, were the crowds waiting at immigration counters during the busiest hours at sunrise and sunset.

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