Reporting live from IT&CMA and CTW 2010 in Bangkok AOT reviews incentives, expands airports
THE AIRPORTS of Thailand (AOT) is mulling the extension of incentives and embarking on expansion programmes for airports in Bangkok and Phuket.
AOT senior executive vice president, business development and marketing, Nitinai Sirismatthakan, said AOT was mulling the extension of discounts on landing and parking fees.
The AOT incentives, offering 15 per cent discount on landing fees and 50 per cent off parking fees for airlines that signed the concession contract before March 31, expire on December 31.
Meanwhile, after much delay, AOT has started on the expansion of Suvarnabhumi and Phuket Airports this month.
The 62.5 billion baht (US$2.1 billion) development at Suvarnabhumi Airport, to be completed in 2016, will increase the airport's annual passenger capacity from 45 million to 60 million.
Phuket Airport's 5.8 billion baht expansion programme will raise annual capacity to 12.5 million passengers from 2013 to 2020, from the current 6.5 million.
Both airports are now nearing saturation point, with Phuket Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport chalking up six million passengers and 40 million passengers respectively last year.
(Sources: Sirima Eamtako, Bangkok, TTGAsia)
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