Airports reopen after PM ousted by court

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Officials in Thailand say the first departing flights are being cleared for takeoff from Bangkok's international airport, a week after anti-government protesters shut the place down.

Outside the main departure terminal today, the last anti-government protesters packed up their sleeping mats and took down their tents.

Hundreds of Thai army troops have been checking the area for bombs and weapons, as cleaning crews buff and mop the floors.

Officials say the airport building is not fully functional and authorities have not disclosed a timeline for when full-time operations are expected. But the runways and the control tower are being used for flights to land and take off.

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