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Airport authority proposes long-term airports development plan

The Department of Airports (DOA) is prepared to propose its 20-year plan to develop Thailand's airports to the cabinet for approval.

The long-term plan emphasized on cooperation with local administration organizations in the development, as well as to resolve passenger congestion at the airports.

According to DOA director-general Darun Sangchai, the plan aimed at adopting greater use of Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) agreements with the private sector.

The main impetus will be to create a more comprehensive link with other transport networks in order to complement the ever growing tourism sector.

He said the department has talked with the Airports of Thailand (AOT) to work out plan for the share use of airports as separate planning will not contribute to the country's aviation industry and its aim to be a regional hub.

To achieve the goal, the private sector will also be invited to participate in PPP agreements for the right to manage the small-scale airports such as Nakhon Ratchasima, Lampang, Phetchabun and Chumphon airports.

He said in 2018, Mae Sot and Ubon Ratchathani airports will be developed and investors will be invited to bid for the exclusive right to manage commercial interests within these airport terminals.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)