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    Airport departure tax fees to go up

    Airport fees to go up

    Air passengers will be asked to pay heavier departure taxes from early next year, Airports of Thailand Plc (AOT) said yesterday.




    The international departure tax would be increased by Bt200 to Bt700 and domestic passengers would incur a Bt100 fee, up from a current Bt50. The increase would be effective from February 1 .

    AOT operates Suvarnabhumi Airport. It had planned to introduce the new taxes upon the opening of the new airport on September 28. Meanwhile, new landing fees levied on aircraft using the airport would be imposed from April 1, 2007. That is a six-month delay from the original schedule.

    AOT said it was postponing the new fee to attract airlines to Suvarnabhumi. The new landing fee is a 15-per-cent increase on that charged at Don Muang airport.
    AOT explained earlier that fees at Suvarnabhumi Airport needed to be raised due to the greater amenities and facilities that would be provided. After 40 years in the making Suvarnabhumi has cost Bt150 billion. It is scheduled to start operations on September 28.

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    Suprirse, surprise, William!
    Nothing new here and a very Thai thing to do. Heavily in debt? Managed to f**k up your finances and cause no end of grief to others? Get the punter to pay. In this case, get the airlines AND the passengers to pay for the chaos, controversy and corruption that has dogged the new airport since its inception.

    Given that the airport has taken 10 years to build and is already 1 year overdue for opening, my big question is why aren't the transport links already in place? What do these have to do with building the airport if they were being done by the Bangkok MRTA? Very typical. I recall a beach restaurant that had absolutely no customers for 2 months. The owners asked me (I used to have breakfast there) what they should do. I said halve your prices, offer free meals and generally go further than anyone else is on that street. Instead they put their prices up in the hope that they would recover their losses!! Result - they went out of business one month later.

    The airport situation is insidious in that passengers and airlines can't choose not to come to Bangkok. Well, they could, but it's not really going to happen. An increase of only 200 baht? They must be slacking!
    The truth is out there, but then I'm stuck in here.

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    guess what Indonesia has an even better system - visitors pay 100,000 rupiah ($10) departure tax at checkin counter. (tho my g/f got tricked into paying an additional $20 also - a thai man who spoke indonesian was 'helping' her!)

    But all residents - farang and local - have to pay this plus 1,000,000 rupiah fiscal tax. (about $100 or 4000 baht!)

    Perhaps the AOT could talk to the relevant Indo beau****s.....

    wouldnt do to have the unwashed masses travelling overseas and seeing how other ppl live would it ?

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    Is SuvarnibahIcantpronouncethenamebecauseitstoolongni Airport really going to be fully operational on the 28th? I read it wasn't going to be until middle of next year (2007).

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    Quote Originally Posted by surasak View Post
    Is SuvarnibahIcantpronouncethenamebecauseitstoolongni Airport really going to be fully operational on the 28th? I read it wasn't going to be until middle of next year (2007).
    Believe it or not they're still aiming for the end of this month. This in spite of the fact that the overpriced, scandal-ridden CTX scanners have proved to be too slow for use with transit passengers or budget airlines. New scanners are to be procured and installed in time for the opening. (This according to yesterday's Bangkok Post.)

    Ha ha ha.

    Edit: Interesting. The article is no longer on the Post web site. Here's the summary from Google News:

    CTX too slow, new machines will be bought
    Bangkok Post, Thailand - Aug 27, 2006
    ... Using the CTX system, airport staff need at least 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete a flight luggage check. This was too slow for ...
    Last edited by buadhai; 29-08-2006 at 04:32 PM.

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    What about domestics? Still going from Don Muang? Or will that change?

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    Everything from the new airport....

    At one point they were considering having budget airlines use Don Muang, but that plan is out the window.

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    Is this new airport going to be further away from or closer to central Bangkok than DM?

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    Where do you consider Central Bangkok to be?

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    if you take the center of Bangkok to be Silom, I think they are roughly the same (approx. 35 kms)

    But, infrastructure from DM is MUCH better, IMO

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    You can get to the new airport fairly quickly from Suk if you don't get lost on the tollway.

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    Seemed to be about the same to me when I drove past them in March on my way back from Pattaya.

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    Fu*kers.

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    How can you get lost on the tollway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabian View Post
    How can you get lost on the tollway?
    Very bloody easily!

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    No kidding, last time I drove through Bangkok from Pattaya I ended up going the long way around towards the west because I made the mistake of looking for an airport sign (for Don Muang).

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