US planes on relief missions in Nepal are allowed stopovers at U-tapao
BANGKOK: — The cabinet last week granted permission for the United States to use U-tapao airbase as a stopover for its planes to fly relief and medical supplies to Nepal, said Admiral Kraisorn Chansuvanich, commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Navy, on Sunday.
He disclosed that altogether 16 planes which include huge and medium-sized transport planes and tankers for aerial refueling from Okinawa, Guam and the Philippines would be allowed to use U-tapao airbase as a stopover for one month’s period until May 31.
Ten officers each from the Thai and US sides are at the airbase to facilitate the flight stopovers.
The first plane stopped at U-tapao airbase last Friday before continuing its flight to Nepal.
Source: NNT (reprinted by Thai Visa News)