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AOT chief insists on opening Don Mueang


February 21, 2008

AOT chief insists on opening Don Mueang for budget carriers

Airports of Thailand (AOT) president Air Marshal Chana U-sathaporn on Wednesday insisted he would use Don Muang airport to accommodate low-cost airline services despite opposition to the idea from the deputy transport minister, Thai News Agency reported.

Deputy Transport Minister Songsak Thongsri had previously expressed his disagreement with AoT's intention to open the Don Muang airport for full services of budget airlines, saying the airport should be rather used as the maintenance and repair centre or as a product exhibition centre.

AM Chana said AoT viewed it would not enjoy continued revenue growth if the airport was opened an exhibition centre.

It would be more worthwhile to use the airport to accommodate low-cost airline services because the company could gain enough revenue to compensate for annual operating costs of more than Bt1 billion for Don Mueang.

"Should the difference of views with the Transport Minister become (reason) for me to resign as AoT chief, I'm ready to accept that because I want do the best thing for the organisation," he said.

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