Transport Ministry to turn Nakhon Ratchasima Airport into new maintenance center

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BANGKOK, 18 May 2012– The Transport Ministry is preparing to turn the Nakhon Ratchasima Airport into a new aircraft maintenance center.

Deputy Transport Minister Chatchart Sithipan said that he has assigned the Department of Civil Aviation to consider transferring the operations of some regional airports to Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT).

Mr. Chatchart said that the AOT is likely to be able to administer and fully utilize the capacity of several local airports, such as the Nakhon Ratchasima Airport, which locates on a 4,000-rai plot of land not far from Bangkok.

The Deputy Transport Minister recommended that the Nakhon Ratchasima Airport should be turned into the aircraft maintenance and service center as it has only been serving charter flights nowadays.

Mr. Chatchart said that the planned transformation of Don Mueang Airport into another service center may not be feasible now, as there have been talks of a plan to transfer some commercial flight services to this airport due to an increasingly crowded situation at Suvarnabhumi Airport.