Tour operator arrested after holidaymakers stranded at airport
Police arrested a tour operator in Nakhon Ratchasima's Mueang district on Saturday after 61 of his package tour clients were stranded at Suvarnabhumi Airport the night before.
Patthanat Wongwanchan, 31, was arrested by Nakhon Ratchasima police and charged with public fraud.
The arrest was made after 61 people who had bought packages to visit Hokkaido, Japan, from his company, Pranom Travel, filed a complaint with airport police.
They said they had each paid him Bt30,000 but when they arrived at the airport, the airline told them that only five of them could fly and the rest had no tickets.
Patthanat denied charges of deceiving his clients, saying he had bought flight tickets from the airline, which had then refused to issue them.