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King Power wins duty-free rights at Phuket Airport

King Power wins duty-free rights at Phuket Airport

BANGKOK: King Power Duty Free Co has won a bid to run duty-free shops at Phuket, Chiang Mai and Hat Yai airports, Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) announced today (June 10).

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 10 June 2019, 06:33PM


King Power staff await customers to pick up their purchased items at the International Passenger Terminal on 3rd floor at Phuket International Airport. Photo: King Power Duty Free

King Power staff await customers to pick up their purchased items at the International Passenger Terminal on 3rd floor at Phuket International Airport. Photo: King Power Duty Free

AoT said in a statement that the winning bidder for the operation of the three regional airports was King Power as it offered highest returns than its two rivals and also received the highest scores.

A consortium led by Bangkok Airways Plc and a venture led by Royal Orchid Hotel (Thailand) Plc also entered bids for the rights to operate duty-free franchise outlets at the three international airports.

AoT Senior Executive Vice-President Wichai Bunyu said the decision will be submitted to the committee in charge of revenue on Wednesday and then to the board for approval on June 19.

He said King Power offered higher returns than the airport agency had expected and the process was transparent.

King Power on May 31 won the bid to operate duty-free shop Suvarnabhumi airport for another 10 years. On the same day, it won another 10-year contract to operate the commercial zone at the airport.

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Vitavas Vibhagool, Managing Director of Royal Orchid Hotel (Thailand) Plc, said after the bidding King Power received a score of 96 points, 10 more than his group did.

The Bangkok Airways alliance scored 84, he added.

The next duty-free bid will be for Don Mueang International Airport after the contract expires in September 2022.

 

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Kurt | 11 June 2019 - 10:24:57

Pity that King Power now has monopoly at all thai airports.  Do thai officials not know that competition among entrepreneurs encourage innovation and for customers competitive article prices? In the long run monopolies are killing for everyone, even for the monopoly holder. Hello, in 2019 the  passengers look on internet what articles costs at world wide 'tax free' shopping facilities.

Discover Thainess | 10 June 2019 - 20:44:37

Itā€™s a bit like waiting to find out who the next PM is going to be...... hmmmm I wonder who will win the rights for DM airport as well......???

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