Duty-free bids at Don Mueang airport to wait on new minister

Duty-free bids at Don Mueang airport to wait on new minister

Airports of Thailand waits for a new transport minister before calling bids for concessions to run duty-free shops at Don Mueang airport. (Bangkok Post photo)
Airports of Thailand waits for a new transport minister before calling bids for concessions to run duty-free shops at Don Mueang airport. (Bangkok Post photo)

Airports of Thailand (AoT) plans to call bids for concessions to run duty-free shops at Don Mueang airport after a new transport minister takes office, said a senior executive.

Wichai Boonyu, deputy AoT chairman in charge of marketing and commerce, said the bidding process will proceed after the AoT receives policy guidelines from the minister.

"There are changes being made at the ministry, so the AoT thinks it should wait for the policy [from the minister] to ensure smooth operations," he said.

Under the plan, the bidding process will go ahead as soon as the AoT signs contracts with the winner of the bid to run duty-free operations and other commercial areas at Suvarnabhumi airport, and Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hat Yai airports.

Duty-free giant King Power emerged the winner and the contract signing is scheduled for Friday.

The concession is split into three contracts.

King Power guarantees a minimum return of 15.4 billion baht for duty-free operations at Suvarnabhumi airport and offers a 5.7 billion baht return for the right to run other commercial areas at Suvarnabhumi airport.

For the three regional airports, King Power offered returns of about 2.3 billion baht for right to operate duty-free shops.

However, Mr Wichai assured the bidding will take place within this year.

The current concessions at Don Mueang airport are due to expire in September 2022.

As for plans to call bids for the concession to run duty-free pickup counters at Suvarnabhumi Airport, he said the scheme is likely proceed early next year.


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