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Old January 19th, 2010, 11:40 AM   #1521
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Old January 24th, 2010, 07:27 PM   #1522
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Airport IT upgrade

Bangkokpost Published: 22/01/2010 at 12:00 AM


Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) says that Suvarnabhumi Airport will be among the first international gateways capable of providing a new global IT standard for passenger check-in and boarding.

Suvarnabhumi is currently installing the SITA AirportConnect Open system at 800 workstations serving 56 airlines.

AoT said the system would encourage greater take-up of shared IT infrastructure and bring down costs. Airlines will also be able to offer better passenger processing from off-site locations such as downtown Bangkok.
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Old January 26th, 2010, 06:51 PM   #1523
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Body scanner goes on trial run at airport

Bangkokpost Published: 26/01/2010 at 12:00 AM


Airports of Thailand is testing a full-body scanner at Suvarnabhumi airport for a month in an effort to boost security in line with other major gateways around the world.

Airport deputy director Narongchai Thanadchangsaeng yesterday said the use of the microwave imaging equipment, known as the Brijot Gen 2, would be limited during the test run and then only on a "voluntary" basis.

The scanner was installed at the airport's departure lounge yesterday.

Mr Narongchai said all passengers would undergo the usual screening with metal detectors and X-ray machines first.

Only passengers who are suspected of having concealed objects on their bodies would be asked to choose between a pat-down screening by security staff or a "virtual pat-down" by the scanner, he said.

Mr Narongchai said the full-body scanner was said to shorten passenger screening time by 75%.

The process takes about five seconds using the equipment, compared to 20 seconds using the present systems.

The AoT will decide after a month of testing whether to invest in the Gen 2 scanners which cost 5 million baht each, he said.

"There are four factors to consider: if it is time-saving; if its detection is precise; what impact it will have on the passengers; and whether it is cost-effective," he said.

Techit Tiwaruangrong, managing director of the Brijot Gen 2 supplier, Law Enforcement Technology Solutions, said the equipment could deal with several problems of screening.

It can locate and identify hidden objects in real time and thus reduce bottlenecks at passenger screening checkpoints. It can also tackle personal privacy violations involved in pat-downs.

"Passengers, especially women, can feel threatened if they have to undergo a pat-down. But Gen 2 can clearly identify and locate hidden objects [from a distance]," he said.

Mr Techit said the technology was "passive", meaning it did not give "clear" anatomical details of the passengers.
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Old January 27th, 2010, 10:14 PM   #1524
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Old January 29th, 2010, 01:50 PM   #1525
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Old January 31st, 2010, 06:21 PM   #1526
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Old February 1st, 2010, 11:28 AM   #1527
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Old February 8th, 2010, 05:55 AM   #1528
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Old February 9th, 2010, 08:20 PM   #1529
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Suvarnabhumi police station approved

Bangkokpost Published: 9/02/2010 at 03:41 PM


The cabinet on Tuesday approved in principle a proposal to set up a police station inside Suvarnabhumi international airport, deputy government spokesman Supachai Jaisamut said.

Mr Supachai said the new police station is intended to bolster security inside the airport, crack down on crime and make Suvarnabhumi one of the world's best-serviced airports.

The proposal was put forward by the committee set up to for solve problems and improve services at Suvarnabhumi airport. The committee proposed the setting up of the police station after five meetings.

Royal Thai Police Office is being instructed to go ahead with the proposal.

The new police station will be called the 6th Tourist Police Division and willbe attached to the Tourist Police Division.

The airport police will supervise security inside the airport, while the Bang Phli and Rachathewa police stations, Samut Prakan provincial police, will have jurisdiction outside of the airport grounds.

The cabinet decision followed repeated and regular complaints by tourists that they are being ripped off by scam artists at Suvarnabhumi airport
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Old February 12th, 2010, 08:45 PM   #1530
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Old February 16th, 2010, 07:07 PM   #1533
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Old February 22nd, 2010, 09:25 PM   #1534
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AoT grants top 10 carriers Suvarnabhumi incentives

Bangkokpost Published: 19/02/2010 at 12:00 AM


The 10 largest passenger airlines at Suvarnabhumi Airport yesterday signed an agreement with Airports of Thailand Plc that entitles them to landing-fee rebates for carrying more international passengers.

Signatories of the agreement include Thai Airways International, Thai AirAsia, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Emirates and Singapore Airlines.

The scheme offers discounts of up to 30% to airlines that increase passenger volume through Bangkok's gateway airport.

The rebates are based on a complex formula that compares a carrier's passenger volume this year with 2009.

Transit passengers and crew members are excluded from the scheme.

The new metric replaces across-the-board cuts in landing fees implemented by the state-controlled airport operator over the past year as part of a relief package to help the aviation industry weather the economic downturn.AoT expects to see the other 70 international carriers operating through Suvarnabhumi sign up for the incentives over the next two months.

Suvarnabhumi general manager Nirandra Theeranartsin said yesterday that the scheme would encourage airlines to channel more passengers through the airport, by increasing flight frequencies, deploying larger capacity aircraft and opening new routes through the airport. These dynamics would directly benefit Thailand's tourism industry.

"It's a win-win situation, I think all airlines will join the scheme," he said.

AoT hopes the programme will help it achieve its target of 42 million passengers passing through the airport this year. Suvarnabhumi handled 40.5 million passengers last year.

But airline managers said they would prefer AoT to continue with landing-fee discounts, even at a reduced rate of 20%.

Offering rebates for landing fees was intended to be a long-term part of AoT's new business model to boost traffic through Suvarnabhumi.

AoT is working on a new incentive scheme for its regional airports, similar to the one at Suvarnabhumi, to increase passenger traffic in October when the current flat reduction in landing fees expires.
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Old February 24th, 2010, 07:28 PM   #1535
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Turkish Airlines makes Bangkok its regional hub

Bangkokpost 24/02/2010


Turkish Airlines is moving to consolidate Bangkok as its regional hub as it aggressively expands in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

The Istanbul-based carrier is counting on Thai Airways International (THAI) as its strategic partner to begin its foray into the Australia-New Zealand market.

The airline plans to extend its non-stop flight from Istanbul to Bangkok through to Ho Chi Minh City in October, while Kuala Lumpur and Manila are also on the radar screen for flight extension, possibly next year.

It hopes to increase its Istanbul-Bangkok flights from daily to twice daily later this year if its plan to extend services to Australia-New Zealand partnering with THAI materialises.

Adnan Aykac, general manager for Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, said yesterday that negotiations with THAI to form a code-share partnership began about a year ago and had been slow.

Turkish Airlines would switch its passengers to THAI-operated flights to Australia under the plan, but THAI does not see any urgency to co-operate.

"While we are hopeful we can strike a deal with THAI later this year, we do have alternatives to support our growth in this region," he said.

The airline sees Australia as a lucrative market not adequately covered and wants to exploit THAI's extensive Australian routes, before entering the region itself.

Turkish Airlines transfers about 30,000 of its passengers a year to THAI's Australian network, and Turkish has had a sales office in Australia for 15 years.

He said a code-share deal with THAI would result in Turkish Airlines feeding some 40,000 passengers a year to THAI's Australian-bound flights.

The airline wishes to work with THAI on Australian operations although the Australian government signed its first air services agreement with Turkey this week allowing direct flights.

Turkish Airlines bucked the trend of slumping traffic through Bangkok last year, when domestic political unrest, the global downturn and H1N1 flu hurt the airline business. It claimed a 5% increase in traffic through Bangkok in 2009, raising its load factor by 6% from 2008 to an average of 80%.

The airline expects to increase these numbers as it strengthens brand awareness in the Thai market. It has budgeted 30 million baht for advertising and promotion this year, perhaps the largest sum for a foreign carrier in Thailand.

The airline allocated US$70 million for advertising worldwide this year, 50% more than 2009. "We hope 2010 will be way different (in growth figures) for us (in Thailand)," he said.
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Old February 24th, 2010, 07:33 PM   #1536
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Tags loses Suvarnabhumi duty-free cargo contract

Bangkokpost Published: 24/02/2010 at 12:00 AM


Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) terminated the contract for Thai Airport Ground Services (Tags) to manage the duty-free air cargo zone at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

AoT last week sent a notice of the cancellation after witnessing the spiralling liquidity problems at Tags, including its inability to pay salaries to employees since November last year and a change in management, which resulted in failure to perform its duties.

Tags had earlier failed to raise capital from its shareholders and has yet to find new shareholders to help inject some liquidity into its operations.

"We decided to terminate the contract because it was unable to solve problems within a given time and risks damaging AoT," said Nirandra Theeranartsin, general manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The AoT board will acknowledge the contract termination tomorrow.

He said the state-owned airport operator reserved the right to end the 10-year contract if it believed Tags' performance did not live up to expectations.

AoT's decision was influenced by several complaints from Tags employees who said they had not been paid.

AoT recruited temporary workers, many of whom were former Tags employees, to do jobs at the free zone that were supposed to be done by Tags.

These temporary workers will perform their duties for the next three months until a replacement provider is found through bidding, Mr Nirandra said.

Since Suvarnabhumi opened in late 2006, Tags had acted on AoT's behalf in providing all kinds of housekeeping, security, IT and customs facilitation services over the 560,000-square-metre free zone adjacent to the airport's apron. Under the deal, the airport operator reimburses Tags for the actual costs arising from running the free zone.

There are two major cargo handlers at the airport: Thai Airways International and Bangkok Flight Services (BFS). The free zone is capable of handling 3 million tonnes of cargo a year.

The lost contract, which could have earned Tags some 20 million baht a month, is another blow to the company. Last May, it lost a contract to provide baggage trolley services at the airport.

A problem arose after more than 3,000 Tags-owned trolleys were stolen from the airport and Tags failed to make available a substitution, creating a contractual default with AoT. Tags was obliged to provide 9,034 carts at the airport.
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Old February 28th, 2010, 10:48 PM   #1537
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Old March 1st, 2010, 04:11 PM   #1539
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