AOT forecasts 70 million people to pass through Thai airports in 2012

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BANGKOK, 30 June 2012  – Thailand’s airport operator is hopeful that its business will still be expanding well in spite of the impact of last year’s severe flooding. 

Airports of Thailand (AOT) President Flying Officer Anirut Thanomkulbutra said that AOT will be celebrating its 33rd anniversary on July 1st.

Mr. Anirut stated that, during the first 8 months of the current fiscal year, 47.74 million travelers have flown in or out of all 6 AOT-operated airports on 319,765 flights.

Moreover, the company’s performance in the first half of fiscal 2012 posted a net profit of 4.25 billion baht, which is 1.54 billion baht or 57.19 percent higher than the same period of last year.

The AOT President went on to say that the flood crisis in late 2011 and the ongoing Eurozone debt crisis have not posed serious impacts on the company’s operations.

For the current fiscal year, AOT specifically forecast that 52.2 million passengers will fly through Suvarnabhumi Airport with 9.1 million traveling through Phuket Airport.

Overall, AOT is eyeing to achieve record passenger traffic of 70.9 million on a total of 476,159 flights flying through all of its 6 airports.

When compared with 2011, this year’s target represents a 7-percent increase in passenger numbers and a 7.9-percent rise in the number of flights.