BANGKOK, 23 February 2017: Airports of Thailand has allocated a budget of THB220 billion to improve six airports under its management.
National News Bureau of Thailand quoted AoT president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, saying the AoT executive board had approved the mid-term airports development budget worth THB220 billion for its six AoT-operated airports until 2025.
The airports are: Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in North Thailand and Hat Yai and Phuket in the South. Read more
HANOI, 3 February 2017: Vietnam has launched its first electronic visas for citizens of 40 countries, worldwide, effective 1 February.
Local media reported that nationals of 40 countries will be able to apply for the 30-day single-entry e-Visa, which will save a visit to a consulate or queuing for an visa-on-arrival at a Vietnamese airport.
The government confirmed the e-Visa was launched as a two-year pilot scheme. Read more
THE HAGUE, 2 February 2017: A technical problem hit air traffic control at Amsterdam’s airport, Wednesday, causing delays and flight re-routings at one of Europe’s busiest travel hubs, an official said.
“We don’t know the cause of the problem and we don’t know how long it will last,” airport spokesman Paul Weber told AFP, saying the trouble had started at 0815 (0715 GMT).
Delays were lasting about 30 minutes to an hour, he said, adding it was difficult to estimate how many flights had been affected. Read more
WASHINGTON, 31 January 2017: US President Donald Trump on Monday again rejected accusations that his ban on travellers from Muslim countries had prompted chaos in US airports, blaming protesters and a computer systems outage at Delta Airlines.
Trump’s executive order issued, Friday, temporarily banning travellers from seven predominantly Muslim countries and suspending the arrival of all refugees prompted thousands to protest at major US airports amid outrage around the world.
“Big problems at airports were caused by Delta computer outage, protesters and the tears of Senator Schumer,” he tweeted about the Democratic Senate minority leader who made an emotional vow on Sunday to fight Trump’s order. Read more
BANGKOK, 30 January 2017: Airports of Thailand reports strong increases in both aircraft movements and passenger traffic at the six airports under its management during December last year.
AoT reported, late last week, that all of its supervised airports served 11,273,057
Passenger traffic was up 8.88% from 10,353,665, when compared with the same month in 2015. Read more
WASHINGTON, 20 January 2017: FlyerRights, a group that lobbies for airline passenger rights and safety, kicked off the New Year calling for stronger measures to make US airports safer.
While the group targets US airports, the message could equally apply to airports worldwide that are face a growing risk of terror attacks.
The group said US passengers should be able to count on TSA as well as local and state law enforcement authorities to protect them. Read more
BANGKOK, 18 January 2017: Thailand’s Minister of Transport has assigned Aeronautical Radio of Thailand to raise the standard of aviation and boost flights to 2.7 million by 2032.
Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith met with executives of AEROTHAI to present his policy guidelines on the overhaul of the Thai aviation industry, that aims to increase flights , annually, by nine to 10%.
The minister noted the country was served by 909,000 flights and that should increase to 1 million this year and double to 2 million by 2027. Read more
BANGKOK, 13 January 2017: If you like airlines that fly on time then your best bet, worldwide, is Hawaiian Airlines, or in Asia choose from Japan Airlines or Singapore Airlines.
Details of the Punctuality League 2016 winners were announced by OAG last week.
Including year-end data, Hawaiian Airlines took the top spot by achieving an average on-time performance of 89.87% for 2016. Read more
TAIPEI, 12 January 2017: Annual passenger traffic at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport topped 42 million in 2016 improving 9.09%.
According to government-owned Taoyuan International Airport Corp, which manages the facility, annual passenger traffic has been growing steadily for the past five years.
The 2016 performance was a record for the 37-year old airport. Read more
SURAT THANI, 11 January 2017: South of Thailand continued to suffer flash floods and widespread inundation, as rainfall persisted in the region Tuesday.
According to the National News Bureau of Thailand, the Command Centre for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation confirmed 12 provinces in South Thailand are dealing with a flood crisis.
They comprise of Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Patthalung, Songkhla, Trang, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Krabi, Ranong and Prachuap Khiri Khan. Read more