AVIATION & TOURISM
Competition among budget carriers will likely heat up once the market leader AirAsia starts using Don Mueang airport, which will replace Suvarnabhumi airport as the airline's new main hub in Thailand from next Monday.
The duel will be between Thai AirAsia (TAA), AirAsia's flagship in the country, and the Thai-owned Nok Air, both of which will compete on the same battlefield of Bangkok's old airport, which is set to become a fully functional aerodrome.
Industry executives predict intense fare competition and mind-boggling marketing gimmicks will likely be deployed by the two airline groups as they battle on the same ground rather than at different airports.
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