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

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

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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.

The Airports of Thailand board nullified King Power‘s contract in March after finding that the firm’s acquisition of commercial space rights had not been scrutinised under the Public-Private Joint Venture Act.

As King Power and its shops in the passenger terminal are still operating pending legal proceedings, Airports of Thailand will replace permanent passes with temporary ones valid for only three months.

Until King Power signs an agreement recognising its use of permanent passes has nothing to do with Airports of Thailand‘s decision to nullify its commercial space contract, Airports of Thailand will not renew the permanent cards.

Suvarnabhumi airport director Serirat Prasutanond explained yesterday that operators working under King Power‘s contract needed passes because their areas of work were in some of the restricted areas of the airport.

At yesterday’s meeting, Airports of Thailand chairman Saprang Kalayanamitr also nominated acting national police chief Seripisuth Temiyavej to be a new Airports of Thailand board member. Transport Minister Theera Haocharoen said he and Finance Minister Chalongphob Sussangkarn had already agreed to Pol Gen Seripisuth’s participation in Airports of Thailand.

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