Ombudsman finds overpriced food and drinks at Suvarnabhumi Airport

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Bangkok – The Office of the Ombudsman has conducted an inspection of the food and drink prices at Suvarnabhumi Airport and has found certain vendors to be overcharging.

Gen Witthawat Rachatanan represented the Office of the Ombudsman in following up with the agency’s suggestions to resolve the issue of overpriced goods at the airport. The meeting was attended by the Airport General Manager, Sirote Duangratana and Deputy Director-General of the Department of Internal Trade Chatchai Saksilapachai.

The Ombudsman’s representative then led officials in surveying the price of goods and beverages, where vendors are allowed to mark-up their products by no more than 25% over department store prices, and provide bottled water options at 10 baht per bottle. Previous inspections were conducted in May last year, and January this year.

The survey revealed that many vendors continue to overcharge for food. Some egregious examples include 214 baht for a small plate of mango and sticky rice, 150 baht for shrimp Pad Thai, and 40 baht for bottled water.

The Ombudsman issued a warning to the airport to strictly regulate the price of food and drinks and to blacklist vendors that fail to comply.