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Anti-government protesters occupying Bangkok's international airport have allowed more than three dozen commercial aircraft to leave for a naval base where some 100,000 stranded passengers can try to catch flights home, an airport authority spokeswoman said Monday.

By early Monday, 37 aircraft had left Suvarnabhumi international airport, where hundreds of demonstrators have brought air traffic in the capital to a halt. All but one airplane, landed at the U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield about 140 km (90 miles) southeast of Bangkok, spokeswoman Monrudee Gettuphan said.

Authorities have estimated 100,000 passengers have been stranded since the protesters -- led by the People's Alliance for Democracy -- seized the airport on Tuesday, vowing not to withdraw until the government resigns. Read full article »

CNN's Dan Rivers and Kocha Olarn contributed to this report

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