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Airlines battle for control of Asean skies

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Intense competition from new players, a struggling national carrier and the volatile political climate are hitting Thailand's aviation sector, says an expert. 

With Asean economic integration arriving next year, time lost now could be critical for the Thai industry, said Frost & Sullivan aerospace and defence consultant Ravi Madavaram.

The imminent Asean Economic Community has triggered a mad rush by airlines to reach major regional markets _ Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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