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Suvarnabhumi » JAL to add flight after Suvarnabhumi Airport opens

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

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Japan Airlines (JAL) will add one more daily flight between Bangkok and Tokyo after Suvarnabhumi Airport opens on September 28.

“Many people want to use Thailand as a transit point to a third country, but Bangkok International Airport [Don Muang] is too crowded and the number of flights to Bangkok is limited,” said Seigi Iwasaki, JAL regional manager.

“The new airport will encourage more people to stop over at Bangkok.”

He also voiced confidence in the airport’s security system, but is slightly concerned about the first-class passenger lounge with decorating yet to be complete.

Transport Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal has offered JAL the use of Thai Airways International’s lounges until their facilities are ready.

JAL currently has four daily flights between the capitals and will add a fifth after September 28.

Although service charges at Suvarnabhhumi Airport are higher than those at Don Muang, Iwasaki considers the rise reasonable.

“Suvarnabhumi’s service charges are still cheaper than other airports in Hong Kong and Singapore,” said Iwasaki. (TNA)

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