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Airports of Thailand to cancel Suvarnabhumi Airport hotel contract

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

The management contract for the airport hotel at Suvarnabhumi will be cancelled because the contractor was unqualified to win it in the first place, an informed source said. The board of the Suvarnabhumi airport hotel, headed by Airports of Thailand chairman General Saprang Kalayanamitr, decided yesterday to void the contract of Universal Hospitality Joint Venture, which runs the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport hotel.

Airports of Thailand board found that the bidding terms for the management rights of the hotel prohibited a joint venture from vying for the contract because a joint venture is not a juristic entity under the Civil Code and this could pose legal problems.

Customs free zone split up at Suvarnabhumi Airport will be reviewed today

Monday, May 21st, 2007

The government will meet today to debate whether to split the customs-free zone at Suvarnabhumi Airport to help improve operations.

Sansern Wongcha-um, the deputy finance minister, said that drafting a new zoning plan with normal export and import operations separated from the customs-free zone was one possibility to be reviewed by the committee, which is chaired by Interim Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont.

The zone is intended to facilitate imports of raw materials and intermediate products to be processed locally before being re-exported as finished goods. Products entering the free zone are exempt from normal import duties.

Burmese carrier launches flights to new Bangkok Airport

Friday, May 18th, 2007

Air Bagan, the first privately owned carrier in military-ruled Burma, has started daily flights between Rangoon and Bangkok, its first international route heralding an ambitious overseas expansion. The airline, which was launched in November 2004 as a domestic carrier, is also preparing to start daily flights from its Rangoon hub to Singapore in September, and a Rangoon-Mandalay-Kunming route in August, twice weekly.

They will be followed by the launch in October of regular flights to Siem Reap in Cambodia as well as chartered flights to Incheon and Osaka, according to chairman Yay Za, a Burmese tycoon who built his diverse business empire from timber exports.

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