AOT to raise air passenger fees


BANGKOK, 30 June 2011 – The Airport of Thailand Plc (AOT) is preparing to increase the Passenger Service Charge (PSC) due to higher operating cost that the AOT is shouldering and the investment it has recently made. 

AOT Senior Executive Vice President for Business Development and Marketing Nitinai Sirismatthakarn said the PSC on international flights would be raised to 800 baht from the original 700 baht while the charge on domestic flights would be increased to 250 baht from 100 baht currently.

The vice president then announced that the rate adjustment would be proposed to the Civil Aviation Board (CAB) for consideration soon.

According to Mr Nitinai, the AOT has to adjust the PSC as the company has invested a lot of money in improving facilities at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The PSC has been directly calculated from the operating capital.

Nevertheless, the AOT may decide to raise the PSC on international flights to 900 baht and maintain the charge for domestic flights at 100 baht instead if the CAB does not want the increase to affect domestic passengers.