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Suvarnabhumi Archive for April, 2007

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Thai Airways loses customers after moving back to Don Muang airport

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

Thai Airways International‘s decision to move a large part of its domestic services to the old Don Muang airport has resulted in a loss of tens of thousands of passengers who require connecting flights.

The flag carrier could have lost as many as 70,000 foreign travellers, who were transferring from international flights to domestic destinations or travelling from domestic routes to overseas, since Thai Airways started operating through the 93-year-old airport on March 25, 2007.

These travellers have turned to other carriers due to the hassle and long wait in connecting with international flights – all of which run through Suvarnabhumi Airport, a time-consuming 27 km away.

Airports of Thailand terminated King Power Duty Free’s contracts

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Airports of Thailand Plc (AOT)’s board of directors resolved on Thursday (April 19, 2007) to call a new bidding for operators of duty-free shops at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, indicating an eventual end in its contracts with King Power International.

The board also agreed to have all tenants at the airport to negotiate for new contracts with AOT individually. Previously King Power had secured the concession for commercial area management.

AOT, which runs the Suvarnabhumi Airport, had nullified its deals with King Power on advice from the Council of State, arguing that King Power had violated the Public-Private Joint Venture Act.

Restrictions will be enforced on liquids, aerosols and gels in hand-carried luggage on all commercial flights

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

Thailand will start enforcing new restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels in hand-carried luggage on all commercial flights departing from airports nationwide in the next few weeks.

Thailand is the latest Asian country to begin applying the security measures suggested by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) following the discovery of a terrorist plot in Britain last year.

Major Asian air hubs such as South Korea’s Incheon International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport implemented the measures earlier this year, while Singapore Changi Airport is due to apply them from May 8.

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