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24 June 2006 :: 16:06:37 pm 21110

Suvarnabhumi airport

Airlines to test flights at Suvarnabhumi airport,Six Thai airlines will conduct test flights in July at Bangkok‘s new international airport which is expected to open in late September.
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The six airlines include Thailand‘s flag carrier Thai Airways International, Thailand‘s biggest private airline Bangkok Airways and budget carrier Thai AirAsia, said Somchai Sawasdeepon, the director of the new airport.

  “Local airlines will have test flights on July 29 to pave way for the opening of the airport‘s commercial operation,” Somchai told , They are real flights, meaning that passengers have to pay for tickets,” he said.

  Bangkok‘s Suvarnabhumi Airport, whose name means “golden land” in Thai, has been in the works for more than 40 years but construction delays and claims of graft have repeatedly postponed its opening. The latest schedule for commercial opening is September 28.

  Thailand hopes the new airport, with an initial capacity of 45 million passengers annually, will surpass rivals Singapore and Malaysia as the region‘s most important hub.

  It also aims to expand the airport capacity to 120 million passengers annually.

  The new airport will relieve traffic congestion at Bangkok‘s current Don Muang international airport which currently accommodates 38.5 million passengers annually although it was designed to handle only 36 million.

THAI offers Bt999 tickets for Suvarnabhumi Airport inaugural
CHIANG MAI, June 23 (TNA) – Thai Airways International (THAI), Thailand‘s flag carrier, and six other Thai airlines have jointly agreed to fix airfares for inaugural commercial flights from Don Muang Intenational Airport to Suvarnabhumi International Airport on July 29 at 999 baht, a THAI senior official said.

THAI Executive Vice President, Commercial Department, Mr. Vasing Kittikul said on Friday that all income from the ticket sales would be presented to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadet for his use.

Mr. Vasing said THAI and six other commercial airlines — Nok Air, Thai Air Asia, Orient Thai, P.B. Air and Bangkok Airways — had agreed to join the launch of commercial flights for Suvarnabhumi Airport with special flights on July 29.

“Tickets from Bangkok‘s Don Muang Airport to the new Suvarnabhumi Airport are priced at Bt999,” he noted.

The flights are considered the inaugulation–before the airport is fully opened, Mr. Vasing said. The tickets would be on sale from July 1, he said.

  Moreover, THAI will offer other special flights to mark the Suvarnabhumi Airport‘s commercially opening with one-way economy class tickets from Chiang Mai in the North and Phuket in the South set at Bt1,999, while the round-trip fare is Bt3,999.

  Round-trip business class tickets from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Bangkok to Phuket are set at Bt2,999 and Bt5,999 respectively.

  Prime Minister Thaksin Shinwatra confirmed earilier that the Suvarnabhumi Airport would officially open on September 28. (TNA)-E003, E002

Minor International sees airport helping lift growth

Minor International expects to post growth of 20% this year, as the planned opening of the new Suvarnabhumi International Airport in the third quarter should help boost tourism in the second half. Pratana Manomaibhiboon, the chief financial officer for Minor, said the company was expanding both its hotel and food operations.

Minor currently manages hotels in Thailand, Dubai, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, and plans to expand in the Middle East in 2007. Over the next few months, it also will open several new hotels, including three in the Maldives, one on Koh Samui and one in Chiang Rai.

Hotel management operations are expected to account for 40% of total revenues within the next five years, Mrs Pratana said, with fee income of around 120 million baht in the next three years.

She said that diversifying hotel operations to overseas markets would help reduce concentration risks and the potential of a downturn from local events such as the December 2004 tsunami.

Minor currently owns three five-star hotels in Bangkok, Pattaya and Hua Hin, all managed by Marriott. It also operates the Anantara Resort Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai, Anantara Resort Hua Hin and Anantara Resort Samui Island.

Minor also plans to expand its food operations, including in China. It operates the Pizza Company, Swensen‘s, Sizzler, Dairy Queen and Burger King brands.

‘‘Over the past five years, the company has had revenue growth of 20%, and I‘m sure that Minor can maintain this growth in the future. Hotels and food are good industries that offer good cash flow, and there remains considerable potential for growth,‘‘ Mrs Pratana said.

Minor International reported profits in the first quarter of 420.3 million baht, up from 300.4 million in the same period last year.

Minor International (MINT) shares closed yesterday at 9.80 baht, up 50 satang, in trade worth 31.04 million baht.

THAI Ready for Reservations to Suvarnabhumi from 1st July 2006

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