Ministry weighs halving airport fee for charter flights

Ministry weighs halving airport fee for charter flights

Idea to boost tourism during high season

Suvarnabhumi is one of the most popular airports for charter flights to Thailand. (Bangkok Post photo)
Suvarnabhumi is one of the most popular airports for charter flights to Thailand. (Bangkok Post photo)

The Transport Ministry plans a 50% discount on landing and parking fees for charter flights to boost tourism.

Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob has ordered Airports of Thailand Plc to consider the fee slash at its airports as Thailand is entering the high season for tourists visiting the country.

AoT operates Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai and Phuket airports.

Landing and parking fees are between 10,000 and 60,000 baht depending on the type of the aircraft and landing time.

Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang have set aside 170 slots for non-schedule flights a day.

AoT president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn said on Monday the off-peak hours between midnight and 5am still were available for charter planes to fill.

The airport agency chief said the idea could entice tourists from eastern Europe and China as they were the top two groups chartering the aircraft for their visits to the country.


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