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Thai ministry opposes Thai Tiger startup
Ministry head, Sophon Zarum, said the ministry opposes the joint venture plan even if the prime minister and finance minister support it. Once again, the ministry’s stance has its roots in nationalism.
Mr. Sophon indicated that his ministry remains unclear to grant aviation rights to a foreign airline. Tiger Airways is headquartered in Singapore and Thai Airways International (THAI) is majority-owned by the Thai government.
The minister said THAI should use its budget Nok Air instead. He said the ministry’s legal team is checking out the legality of the joint venture and following that the ministry will take an official stance on the issue.
The memorandum of understanding on the joint venture was signed August 2 and the Thai Tiger is slated to start flying next March.
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