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Old July 13th, 2009, 04:30 PM   #1401
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Old July 17th, 2009, 03:32 PM   #1402
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TAGS changed in major shareholders

By The Nation 17/07/2009


Thai Airport Ground Services Co Ltd (TAGS) yesterday announced its change in major shareholding structure after being bought out by newly appointed CEO Anupong Rojanakarin.

He said that he has acquired a 56.5 per cent stake in TAGs, of which 48.5 per cent from SJ Asset Management and 8 per cent from Power Link Co Ltd.
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Old July 21st, 2009, 12:58 AM   #1403
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Ex-ceo takes control at TAGS

The Nation Published on July 17, 2009


Thai Airport Ground Services (Tags) has changed its shareholding structure after being acquired by new CEO Anupong Rojanakarin.


"The new shareholding structure should be completed in the next few months. The company's executive committee will also be changed," Anupong said yesterday.

He said he now holds a 56.5-per-cent stake in Tags, of which 48.5 per cent was from SJ Asset Management and 8 per cent from Power Link.

Anupong declined to reveal details of his partners or the transaction cost.

Airports of Thailand (AOT) has maintained its 28-per-cent interest in Tags.

Anupong succeeds former president and CEO Ladya Uriya, who on behalf of Malaysian investors was holding Tags via SJ Asset Management and resigned after the fund sold its Tags shares to Anupong.

Uriya said in an interview earlier that the group of Malaysian investors wanted to focus on investment in China as securing better returns than Thailand.

Anupong said that by himself, he would be one of the shareholders of Tags.

Anupong, who was CEO of Tags before the entry of the Malaysian group via SJ Asset Management, said that after the company completed its new shareholding structure, it would negotiate with AOT on how to resolve the dispute over the supply of luggage carts to Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Because Tags could not provide the number of trolleys specified in its contract with AOT, AOT's board of directors, chaired by Piyapan Champasut, the Transport Ministry's deputy permanent secretary, terminated the contract.

AOT has also sued Tags for Bt2.5 billion in damages.

"We want to end this problem promptly.

"We would like to reconcile and ask for a reduction in the charge," Anupong said.

AOT president Serirat Prasutanond said he could not give any comment, as the company would first consider its shareholding in subsidiaries following the order of the board.

But, he said, everything in business could be talked out.


AOT is preparing the terms of reference for a new cart supplier and expects to announce the tender in early August.

The airport should start receiving the new trolleys in November.


They will be installed with tagging devices to prevent loss.

Anupong also said that following the company's diversification plan, as previously released, Tags would develop a Bt3.2-billion condo adjacent to Suvarnabhumi Airport on 24 plots of land, and was looking for partners for the project.
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 10:12 PM   #1404
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Suvarnabhumi crackdown next week

BangkokPost.com Published: 22/07/2009 at 06:35 PM


A major crackdown on illegal taxis and unlicensed guides will be conducted at Suvarnabhumi airport starting July 28, according to a notice put up by the Airports of Thailand Plc in the airport on Wednesday.

The crackdown will be jointly carried out by AoT, which is the airport operator.

It is enlisting the Land Transport Department and Special Operations Division, provincial police from Samut Prakan and tourist police to help.

The move came after Transport Minister Sohpon Zarum made an inspection trip to the airport and ordered the AoT to step up measures to prevent extortion gangs preying on foreign air passengers.

Mr Sohpon managed to avoid any comment on worldwide reports of an organised gang operating from duty-free shops, whose members have reportedly cheated tens of thousands of baht from foreign tourists.

The reports claim that the gangs, apparently operating in collusion with shop employees and rogue policemen, intimidate and browbeat accused foreign shoplifters and thieves into paying large "fines" in order to escape lengthy incarceration and trial and return to their own countries.

At least one European country has warned its citizens not to shop in the duty-free area of Suvarnabhumi at all, and the alleged cheating has been featured in reports by the BBC, among others.


The duty-free scams are in addition to the longtime Bangkok airport problems of so-called "black-licence taxis" which have no authorisation to carry passengers, and airport touts who try to steer naive arriving tourists to unwanted hotels and shady businesses.
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Old August 2nd, 2009, 05:22 PM   #1405
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AoT beefs up security at Suvarnabhumi Baggage staff coming under closer scrutiny

Bangkokpost Published: 31/07/2009 at 12:00 AM


Airports of Thailand Plc is stepping up security to curb thefts from passenger baggage at Suvarnabhumi airport.

AoT chairman Piyaphan Champasut said the board had expressed concern at a meeting yesterday about reports of thefts in the airport's luggage handling system.

Several passengers have complained that valuables packed inside their bags had disappeared. They discovered the thefts when they collected their baggage from carousels at the airport.

Mr Piyaphan said AoT management had proposed to the board ways to curb luggage theft.

Stricter security measures would be imposed on staff in the airport's luggage sorting area.

The number of inspectors in the area would be boosted and an additional 165 surveillance cameras would be installed.

A special task unit would also be set up to inspect the luggage handling process.

In addition, AoT plans to add 320 surveillance cameras to the airport's luggage handling area.

Luggage handlers must wear uniforms without pockets, and will be required to wear luminous vests with a tag clearly stating their name and unit at all times.

AoT also plans to make lockers available for luggage handlers to store their belongings.

The handlers will be searched when they enter and leave the luggage handling area.

AoT will act swiftly against staff caught stealing.

They will be fired and the contracted company that hired them will face legal consequences.

A firm whose staff steal from passengers' bags more than three times will have its contract terminated, Mr Piyaphan said.

If luggage theft occurred, it was contracted staff who were responsible.

But the AoT had to shoulder the cost of stepping up security at the airport to tackle the problem.

AoT management has proposed that private firms pay a share of the airport's additional security costs, he said.

The AoT board yesterday also approved a management plan to collect an extra 989 million baht in rent from the King Power group, which runs duty free shops at the airport. AoT demanded the extra rent after Suvarnabhumi airport found King Power's duty free outlets took up more retail space than stated in its contract with AoT.
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Old August 5th, 2009, 08:37 PM   #1406
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Turkish Airlines sees Thai aviation-hub potential

THE NATION Published on August 6, 2009


Turkish Airlines is eyeing Thailand as the regional hub for its expansion into the Asian market. "The Asia market is an important area for us to grow. Although general aviation is dropping 20 per cent, we are growing in both passenger numbers and profit," CEO Temel Kotil said yesterday.

The Istanbul-based airline will start flying five times a week to Jakarta this month, with a stopover in Singapore, he said.

It plans to resume operations to Kuala Lumpur and is looking further to Vietnam, the Philippines as well as Australia.

It already serves Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan and India.

Thailand has the potential to become an aviation hub in the future as it has a well-located airport in the region's centre as well as a good partner, Thai Airways International, he said.


Turkish Airlines has ordered 19 new aircraft - seven Airbus A330-300s and 12 Boeing 777-300s - for delivery over the next two years.

It also plans to purchase more than 100 aircraft as part of its long-term expansion. The airline's fleet currently has 132 aircraft.

This year, the airline expects to carry 26.7 million passengers, increasing to 40 million by 2012.

To deal with global economic crisis, the airline is focusing on some non-core businesses, including catering, charter flight services and a technical and maintenance service centre.



"Despite many problems, we grew at 9 per cent in second quarter in terms of passenger numbers both domestic and foreign. However, yields dropped due to lower demand from premium passengers," he said.

The airline has set its sights on becoming one of the leading carriers on the European continent in the future.

"Aviation is a global business. Every-one is good but how can become an airline that customers trust? We always say our passengers are kings so we give them maximum service," Kotil said.

Adnan Aykac, director for Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam, said the airline is offering a special round-trip fare from Thailand to 55 cities in Europe at Bt19,155, excluding fuel surcharge and fees.

That is 13 per cent lower than the normal rate and good through the end of October. The promotion is part of the airline's celebration of 20 years of operation in Thailand.

The airline operates seven flights a week between Bangkok and Istanbul. The average load factor is 75 per cent this month, lower than 80 per cent at the same time last year.

"By November, the airline will change the aircraft for the Bangkok-Istanbul route from a Airbus A340 to a Boeing 777 and also up the frequency to 10 flights per week to tap the coming high season," he said.
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Old August 10th, 2009, 10:12 AM   #1407
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Taxi cheats, fake tour guides targeted

Bangkokpost Published: 10/08/2009 at 12:00 AM


Unregistered tour guides and taxis are facing fines of 2,000 baht and/or a year in jail as part of Suvarnabhumi airport's new get tough policy.

The taxi cheats and illegal tour guides followed when Bangkok International Airport moved from Don Mueang to Suvarnabhumi three years ago.

There have been attempts to flush them out but they just keep coming back.

Airports of Thailand Plc chairman Piyaphan Champasut said yesterday a subcommittee on transport control at the airport had been set up in May to enforce suppression measures on illegal tour guides and taxis.

The subcommittee is chaired by Land Transport Department director-general Chairat Sanugansue.

A special operation unit will work on the ground to ensure the crackdown is effective.

It will also enforce measures such as zoning and parking time limits. Mr Piyaphan yesterday met the Tourist Police Bureau and the Department of Land Transport to discuss the problems at the airport.

The airport was declared a controlled area for tour guides and taxis in 2006.

Mr Piyaphan said scores of illegal tour guides and taxi drivers were arrested and fined, but they simply came back.

The airport will now strengthen the measures.

Unregistered tour guides and taxis could be fined 2,000 baht and face up to a year in prison.

The punishment would be heavier if they adopt an aggressive sales pitch or engage in physical abuse, and if they operate at night. They can be jailed for up to five years and fined up to 10,000 baht.

Mr Piyaphan was confident the stricter measures would start to show results in the next two months. Assessments would be made every 15 days to see if they were working.
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Old August 10th, 2009, 11:31 AM   #1408
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It will never work, the real problem is corruption, to get away from being caught, all they have to do is to bribe the airport guides.

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Old August 10th, 2009, 06:57 PM   #1409
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Old August 11th, 2009, 01:11 AM   #1410
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Old August 17th, 2009, 11:20 AM   #1411
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Airport shops to get clearer markings

Bangkokpost Published: 17/08/2009 at 12:00 AM


Clear signs are needed at Suvarnabhumi airport so tourists know when they are leaving a shop's premises, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva says.

The signs would prevent future conflicts between shoppers and duty-free staff, Mr Abhisit said yesterday.

Tourists have complained they have been falsely accused of shoplifting by duty-free staff because they did not realise they were taking goods from the shop premises, he said in his weekly public address.

Mr Abhisit visited the airport on Saturday to get first-hand information about problems at Suvarnabhumi.

The visit came after he promised on Thursday to clean up the issues affecting the airport's tourism image.

Other problems include dishonest taxi drivers, unlicensed tour guides and luggage theft.

The government was drawing up guidelines for agencies to implement, Mr Abhisit said.

His visit included a duty-free shop where a tourist recently complained he had been falsely accused by shop staff of stealing goods.

The shop staff told Mr Abhisit they had images taken from closed-circuit television cameras that prove the tourist had stolen the products.

Airports of Thailand Plc chairman Piyaphan Champasut, meanwhile, said 205 unlicensed taxi drivers and tour guides had been arrested and fined for operating illegally at the airport.

The arrests come as part of a crackdown implemented over the past week, Mr Piyaphan said.

AoT will also call a meeting with Bangkok Flight Services and Thai Airways International, the two contracted operators handling passenger luggage checking and transport at the airport, to discuss more measures to deal with luggage theft.

The measures will include cross-checks by AoT of luggage containers before they are transported to planes, to ensure nobody could steal passengers' belongings after they had been checked by the operators.
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Old August 17th, 2009, 04:04 PM   #1412
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Old August 23rd, 2009, 08:18 PM   #1415
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Old August 25th, 2009, 09:26 PM   #1416
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Plans for 3rd Suvarnabhumi runway, domestic terminal to go to Cabinet


BANGKOK, Aug 23 (TNA) -- Airports of Thailand (AoT) will submit its plans to construct a third runway and a domestic passenger terminal at Suvarnabhumi Airport to the Cabinet in October, AoT president Serirat Prasutanond said on Sunday.

If approved by Cabinet, both projects will be financed by AoT at a cost of about Bt10 billion and could be completed within three years, Mr Serirat said.

The plans for the domestic passenger terminal have been completed, while concerned officials are now studying the environmental impact report submitted by the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning.

Initially, it was determined that a third runway, if built, would in effect reduce the impact of noise on people living near the airport, because it would spread noise pollution over a wider area and reduce the number of landings and departures per runway, he explained.

Construction of the third runway will not hamper services provided by the first and second runways, he added. (TNA)
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Old August 26th, 2009, 09:50 PM   #1417
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AOT board to mull disposal of stakes in five companies

THE NATION Published on August 27, 2009


Airports of Thailand's board is expected to decide tomorrow whether the company should dispose of stakes in five companies in order to avoid conflicts of interest, an AOT source said yesterday.

The five companies are Thai Airport Ground Services, in which AOT has a 28.5-per-cent stake; King Power Duty Free, in which it holds 5 per cent; Airport Duty Free (10 per cent); Airport Associate (10 per cent); and Fuel Pipeline Transportation (1.38 per cent).

"The share-disposal suggestion is the result of a study by a working committee chaired by AOT director Prasong Poontaneat. The study suggested AOT should dispose of shares in five of its 11 subsidiaries and affiliated companies, due to possible conflicts of interest," the source |said.

The source said the committee had concluded AOT could maintain stakes in the remaining six companies, as there were no signs of conflict of interest.

The six companies are Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel (60-per-cent holding), Thai Aviation Refuelling (10 per cent), Bangkok Aviation Fuel Services (4.94 per cent), Phuket Kitchen (10 per cent), Don Mueang International Airport Hotel (9 per cent) and Trade Siam (1.5 per cent).

AOT operates Suvarnabhumi and four other international airports in Thailand.

Meanwhile, the board will also consider the management's proposal to operate a ticket-screening service. AOT had planned to outsource the service but now considers that operating the service itself will save on maintenance costs.

The source said the board would also consider a new marketing campaign that would see AOT provide more benefits to certain airlines. Under such a campaign, airlines with a high number of passengers passing through its airports would enjoy special landing and parking fees.

AOT had planned to provide special fees across the board but now considers this would make too much of a dent in its revenue.

AOT posted a net profit of Bt1.47 billion for the quarter from April to June, against Bt7.3 billion in the same period last year.

The full-year net profit is also expected to drop, due to a |sharp decrease in the number of travellers.

It estimates the number of international arrivals this year will drop from last year's 14.6 million to between 12 million and 13 million, due to the global economic crisis and domestic political turbulence.
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Airport crackdown gets boost

Bangkokpost Published: 28/08/2009 at 12:00 AM


Airports of Thailand Plc plans to spend 15 million baht to extend its crackdown on unlicensed taxi drivers and tour guides at Suvarnabhumi airport.

The spending was approved yesterday to boost efforts to end illegal taxis and tour guides at the airport during the new fiscal year starting on Oct 1.

The campaign involves police responsible for the airport and tourism, Land Transport Department staff and airport authorities working around the clock, AoT chairman Piyapan Champasut said.

The drive was launched on July 31.

As of Aug 9, 437 taxi drivers and 221 tour guides operating illegally at Suvarnabhumi had been arrested.

Licensed taxis were now making more trips from the airport, up from 7,000 to 8,000 trips a day, Mr Piyapan said.

The number of official airport limousines leaving the airport had also increased, from 800 to 900-1,000 trips a day. Registered tour guides who have counters at the airport say their income has increased 14%.

The board also agreed to sell its shares in five companies which were granted concessions by the AoT. They are Airport Associate, in which AoT has a 10% stake, Airport Duty Free (10 %), Thai Airport Ground Services (28.5%), King Power Duty Free (5%) and Fuel Pipeline Transportation (4.49%). Airport Associate runs a car rental and limousine service.

The book value of the shares was almost 400 million baht.

Mr Piyapan said the board could sell the shares without having to seek approval from shareholders. The decision to sell off its holdings was based on the companies' unimpressive returns. Some firms were also in dispute with the airport agency over concessions, he said.

After the shares from the firms were sold, AoT would still have shares in six other firms: Phuket Kitchen, Don Mueang International Amari Hotel, Bangkok Aviation Fuel Services, Trade Siam, Thai Aviation Refuelling and Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel.
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Aahh... glad to see that they have put up cushion pad over that god-awfull metal chair. It would certainly make the waiting area at the gate more pleasant.

I transited through BKK two years ago, and I remember that the gate lounge had a very dim lighting, and the hard metal chair was very cold. It was such an unpleasant experience.
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