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Airport of Thailand to push airlines back to Don Muang airport

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Airports of Thailand wants to use the abandoned Don Muang airport for international flights to help serve Bangkok passenger traffic and delay the expansion of Suvarnabhumi airport.

The idea has been opposed, however, by the agencies involved, which insist that the Airports of Thailand use only Suvarnabhumi for the sake of transport convenience.

Airports of Thailand adviser Passakorn Suwankanit said Suvarnabhumi airport would reach its full capacity of 45 million passengers a year in 2009 even if Don Muang airport served all domestic flights.

In his opinion, even though Suvarnabhumi could be expanded under its second- and third-phase development, traffic would reach saturation point by 2015.

Don Mueang Airport will turn to logistics hub

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Airports of Thailand (AOT) president Chana U. Sathaporn says he will pursue a dual airport policy and turn Don Mueang airport into a logistics hub for the region.

AM Chana, who will sign an employment contract with the Airports of Thailand today, said he wanted both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports to be used by the aviation industry.

He would encourage international airlines and new budget airlines to run flights in and out of Thailand to boost revenue.

Making use of both airports would reduce the financial burden on the state, as the expansion of Suvarnabhumi airport would require a huge investment.

Airports of Thailand offering big discounts on aircraft landing fees to airlines

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Airports of Thailand Plc (AOT) is adopting an incentive scheme to attract scheduled international air traffic to its four airports outside Bangkok through hefty reductions in aircraft landing fees, effective today.

The cuts, by as much as 95% of its normal fees, are essentiality aimed at luring newAirport Landing Fee carriers to operate through the four airports and encouraging those already operating to step up frequencies, said officials of the majority-state-owned firm.

The ‘aviation marketing incentive programme’ is applied to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket and Hat Yai where traffic volumes have been growing slowly.

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