Airport Rail Link, whose services have become synonymous with crammed passengers and inadequate trains, has come up with a measure to reduce overcrowding - an “early bird” campaign.
Suthep Phanpheng, deputy managing director of operator Electrified Train Co, said the promotional package would run for three months from May to July. Its aim is to encourage commuters to use the train between 5.30am and 6am to avoid overcrowding during the rush hours from 6am to 8am.
He said there are three promotional types: an “Everyday Special” from May 5 to June 1, a “Monday Special” from June 4 to June 25, and a “Friday Special” from July 6 to July 27.
He said passengers who use their Smart Pass electronic card on Airport Rail Link will get a discount of Bt5 per trip to travel between 5.30am and 6am.
Those who join the “Monday Special” campaign will get movie tickets if they are among the first 800 users of the service each Monday. The “Friday Special” will see passengers who travel between 5.30am and 6am receive a hot coffee and a sandwich, Suthep added.