Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Thailand's aviation business to grow by 8-12% in 2011

BANGKOK, 3 January 2011 (NNT) - The Airports of Thailand (AOT) has estimated that the aviation business would grow by 8-12% in 2011, compared to last year’s, as a result of global economic recovery and more Chinese tourists traveling in the region.

According to Kongsak Hiranpruek, the Chairman of the Airline Operators Committee (AOC), many foreign travelers are expected to resume their planned visit to Thailand in 2011. The AOC represents international airlines operating out of Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

He further stated that the only worrying factor was domestic political problems given gatherings of certain groups were still going on quite often after the emergency had been lifted. Contrary to what had been claimed, the increasing oil prices would not have that much impact on the industry, said Mr Kongsak.

Many airlines have been urging the government to decide on the use of Don Muang Airport, suggesting that as Thailand is a single-airport country, Don Muang should be used as a repair center for private and chartered planes and small jets without delay.

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