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Airports of Thailand to revoke permanent passes of all King Power staff

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

Airports of Thailand (AOT) agreed yesterday to revoke all permanent passes of staff and operators working at Suvarnabhumi airport under King Power International Group and replace them with temporary three month passes. The Airports of Thailand board said the decision was made because it had already nullified the group’s right to use commercial space at the airport.

According to acting Airports of Thailand president Kulya Pakakrong, the board viewed that the permanent passes could be cited to claim that Airports of Thailand still accepted King Power and its subcontractors’ use of commercial space in the airport’s passenger terminal.

In flight liquids to be strictly enforced on June 1, 2007

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

Starting June 1, 2007, The Transport Ministry’s Aviation Department will enforce its rule requiring air passengers to display liquids, gels and sprays in transparent containers before boarding flights, Director-General Chaisak Angkasuwan said Saturday.

Mr. Chaisak said he had met representatives of Airports of Thailand (AOT), airlines and King Power, contracted for duty free and other business at Suvarnabhumi airport, regarding the measure, which will be enforced both on domestic and international routes beginning June 1.

Enforcement will follow International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) procedures already used by many airlines worldwide after Britain last year disclosed that terrorists planned to destroy planes and passengers with liquid bombs carried aboard aircraft.

New duty free shop operator at Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Airport could be delayed

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

The selection of a new duty free shop operator at Suvarnabhumi airport could be delayed if King Power obtains court protection for its concession.

King Power is expected to ask the Administrative Court for temporary dispensation against the Airports of Thailand board’s decision to nullify its contracts to run duty-free shops and sub-lease commercial space at the airport.

The source said if the dispensation was secured it would hold up selection of a new duty-free operator and impede negotiations with small outlets now sub-leasing airport space from King Power.

Airports of Thailand is offering the outlets the chance to lease space directly from it.

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