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AoT told to explain increased service charge plan

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Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) must explain details of its operating costs if it wants to raise passenger service charges by 100 baht per person, Transport Minister Chatchart Sitthipan has warned. 

"The AoT will need to have an acceptable reason if it says it's facing losses from collecting the charge," Mr Chatchart said on Tuesday. "The AoT is still making profit and it's necessary for us to look at the big picture."

The minister said officials will have to consider whether the proposed service charge is sustainable, given that budget carriers are now selling airfares for as little as 1,500 baht return. If passengers have to pay 200 baht service charges, it could reduce passenger traffic, he said.

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