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Suvarnabhumi » New Bangkok Airport contracts to be re-examined by Gen Saprang

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

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Airports of Thailand‘s new board chairman Gen Saprang Kalayanamitr has ordered all airport contracts to be examined. Speaking after a board meeting, he said all contracts could be available for public vetting, depending on legal content.

”The public has the right to learn about the contracts. There is nothing to hide. But we need time to gather clear and complete information to ensure fairness for all parties,” he said.

The board set up three panels to look into complaints about mafia gangs and passenger problems at Suvarnabhumi airport. Any staff member found to be involved in mafia gangs will be punished, he said.

Transport Minister Theera Haocharoen yesterday advised the board to deal with contracts with care to avoid any counterclaims. He also demanded solutions to complaints that advertising by duty-free operator King Power Group was blocking direction signs and emergency exits.

The board was told to address service problems, particularly the shortage of toilets and long waits for baggage.

Adm Theera also called for a security beef-up against possible terrorist attacks. AOT managing director Chotisak Asapaviriya said the control tower, the passenger terminal and the AOT office were the most vulnerable.

Adm Theera also said the AOT board and the Civil Aviation Department would come up with a plan on how to use the old airport at Don Muang in six months.

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