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Plan to hike airport departure fees

PHUKET: Airports of Thailand Plc (AOT) wants to increase departure fees for passengers flying from any of its airports. AOT runs Phuket, Suvarnabhumi, Don Meuang, Haad Yai, Mae Fah Luang (Chiang Rai) and Chiang Mai airports.

Saturday 2 July 2011, 02:40AM

Flying from Phuket Airport is about to get more expensive.

Flying from Phuket Airport is about to get more expensive.

The fee, known as the Passenger Service Charge (PSC), has to be raised, AOT says, to help cover “higher operating costs that the AOT is shouldering and the investment it has recently made” such as the Phuket airport expansion and improvements to AOT’s flagship airport, Suvarnabhumi.

The company’s Senior Executive Vice President for Business Development and Marketing, Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, said the PSC on international flights would rise from B700 to B800 – up just over 14% – and the PSC on domestic flights from B100 to B250 – a whopping 150% rise.

The hikes are not definite yet; Mr Nitinai said the “rate adjustment” must still be put before the Civil Aviation Board (CAB) and its approval sought. This, he said, will be done “soon”.

That’s Plan A. If the CAB is not impressed with the proposed massive hike in the domestic PSC, Plan B will be to leave it at the existing B100 but raise the fee for international flights to B900, a rise of just under 29%.



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