FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Bangkok Air Catering lands Phuket airport facility

PHUKET: The landscape of the airline catering business at Phuket airport is undergoing a transformation with Bangkok Air Catering Co (BAC) breaking up a long-standing monopoly.

tourismtransporteconomics
By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 29 August 2017, 09:21AM


Bangkok Air Catering loads meals onto a Turkish Airlines flight at Phuket International Airport. Photo: BAC

Bangkok Air Catering loads meals onto a Turkish Airlines flight at Phuket International Airport. Photo: BAC

BAC, part of the Bangkok Airways group, recently brought on stream its state-of-the-art airline catering facility near the airport, which was completed in 10 months construction time.

Built at a cost of over B550 million on six rai of land, the Phuket facility strengthens BAC’s catering profile that over the past decade centred on airline catering at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport.

The facility aims to cash in on growing demand for airline meals at Thailand’s third busiest airport. BAC provides options for airlines beyond what is offered by Phuket Air Catering Co (PAC), a joint venture of Thai Airways International, Airports of Thailand (AoT) and Pearl Group for some 25 years.

BAC Managing Director Linus Knobel told the Bangkok Post that the company is not aggressively pursuing existing clientele from PAC in order to quickly build market share.

“We would rather seek business from airline newcomers, those that carry double loads and those that already have business connections with BAC,” said Mr Knobel.

He cited Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways, both of which have been served by BAC at Suvarnabhumi and operate flights to Phuket, as examples of new clientele at Phuket.

Some international airlines such as Etihad and China Southern carry their in-flight meals from their countries of origin to serve passengers on return flights from Phuket.

Seven airlines have already come to inspect BAC’s in-flight offerings and facility, which classify as potential customers, said Mr Knobel.

BAC produces about 3,000 meals per day, delivering them to Bangkok Airways, Turkish Airlines, Asia Atlantic and Bangkok Airways’ lounge at Phuket airport.

The company looks set to ramp up output to 5,000 meals a day over the next two months as high-season airline demand comes in, raising its manpower to 150 from 85 at present.

Some 3,000 of the 5,000 meals are expected to go to Bangkok Airways.

BAC expects to fully utilise its Phuket facility’s design production capacity of 12,000 meals a day over the next five years under a conservative business scenario.

The company will ponder over the next few years whether and when its Phuket facility, which is operated under a 30-year concession granted by AoT, should be expanded, said Mr Knobel.

In related news, he confirmed Chiang Mai will become BAC’s next air catering investment.

Over B200 million will be spent to set up a catering facility on five or six rai next to Chiang Mai airport.

The facility is scheduled to open in October 2018 with a production capacity of 6,000 meals per day, though initial output will be 2,000-3,000 meals a day.

 

Read original story here.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Possible crocodile sightings closes Phuket beaches

It is the new secret strategy from local authorities to keep away irresponsible tourists out of wate...(Read More)


Possible crocodile sightings closes Phuket beaches

We have had 2 rather large long necked monitor Lizards swim ashore at Nai Harn this year. We guess t...(Read More)


Tourists storm-stranded on Koh Racha safely returned to Phuket

Again we see the same. A few days ago I wrote that we can wait for the next dumb boatman to sail out...(Read More)


Elon Musk apologises to British caver for ’pedo’ slur

So he was just sitting around waiting for a bunch of Thai kids to get stuck in a cave to prove himse...(Read More)


Phuket search launched for jet-ski rider missing in storm

@ _Timothy: I hope you dont live in such dangerous Land!! But if you doso, can you tell why??...(Read More)


Tourists storm-stranded on Koh Racha safely returned to Phuket

Tourists should understand that going to remote islands during the monsoon, bad weather may block th...(Read More)


Tourists storm-stranded on Koh Racha safely returned to Phuket

The big question was why did the speedboat venture out there in the first place, in spite of the wea...(Read More)


Phuket fisherman washed off rocks at Kata, body found off east coast

The master of compassion once again schools the rest of on “the Thais”.......(Read More)


Phuket search launched for jet-ski rider missing in storm

I blame the Thai's because the facts and statistics are evidence of their reckless behavior. I&#...(Read More)