Thai Airways International
is reducing its ground handling, passenger and cargo handling charges by 50 percent at regional airports for a period of
one year in order to make the country more attractive to other airlines in
an effort to become an aviation centre for the region.
THAI's President, Mr Kanok Abhiradee, disclosed that the Civil Aviation
Board has agreed to promote Thailand's regional airports as an aviation hub to support the government's policy. The national airline will therefore
offer its full cooperation by reducing handling fees for ground, passenger
and cargo by 50 percent at airports in Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, Phuket and Hat Yai. This discount only applies to
new airlines, additional scheduled flights, and charter flights for a period
of one year as of now until 30 April 2004. This is expected to be well received by THAI's airline customers and other international airlines
planning to fly to any of Thailand's regional airports in the future.