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Suvarnabhumi Archive for February, 2007

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Re-opened Don Muang may operate at loss in the beginning

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

Bangkok’s former international airport at Don Muang, scheduled to start operating direct domestic flights on March 25, may operate at a loss in the early stage of its reopening, Deputy Transport Minister Sansern Wongcha-um said.

Initially, only three airlines will operate direct domestic flights from Don Muang , which comprise 17 per cent of the total domestic flights scheduled from the capital. They are now preparing to move back to the airport and to resume providing services there on March 25 as approved earlier by the cabinet, Mr. Sansern confirmed.

The three airlines are Thai Airways, Nok Air and Orient Thai.

Thai Airways to spend Bt10 million to move domestic operations to Don Muang

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Thai Airways International says it will spend Bt10 million in moving its domestic operations from Suvarnabhumi Airport back to Don Muang.

Chokchai Panyawong, executive vice president, said Friday that the airline was coordinating the return to Don Muang with Airports of Thailand and the traffic police.

About 20 per cent of its ground-service equipment – including ramps, stair vehicles and power units – will need to be trucked over.

The company hopes to finish the transfer by March 20 and start service on March 25,” he said.

New AOT board to sue King Power

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

The board of Airports of Thailand (AOT), newly assigned by Thai military government, is preparing to file a lawsuit with the Administrative Court to seek a court order to scrap the commercial development contract of King Power International Group at Suvarnabhumi airport. AOT board member and spokesman Chirmsak Pinthong said after yesterday’s board meeting that King Power was found to have violated and evaded the law governing private participation in state projects in its bid to win the right to carry out commercial development of the airport’s passenger terminal.

The law requires in-depth and time-consuming procedures in selecting contractors for any state projects priced at one billion baht and over.

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