According to Thailand English-speaking newspaper Bangkok Post, regional carrier Bangkok Airways is involved into the development and management of two new airports. In a conversation with the Bangkok Post, the airline President Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth confirmed thjat the company is now looking at developing two greenfield airports, one located in Thailand and one in a neighbouring country, most probably in Myanmar.
Bangkok Airways President however declined to give names for the sites of the proposed airports, which would revive the airline’s long-standing unsuccessful bid to expand its airport portfolio. Bangkok Airways is already the owner and operator of airports in Koh Samui, Sulhothai and Trat in Thailand.
Details of the proposed airport development remained sketchy as Mr Puttipong said several processes must be approved by the relevant authorities.
Some industry experts however suggest that the company could develop a brand new airport in Phang Nga in a bid to relieve neighbouring Phuket Airport, which is running over its saturation point-despite the opening of a new international terminal last year. According to the Bangkok Post, the second airport in Myanmar could be located in Myeik, in the south part of the country. The proposed foreign airport would be developed as a joint venture with local investors as required by the host country, while the Thai project would be a solo job, he said. The future airports will be open to any airline willing to operate flights, added Bangkok Airways President to the newspaper.
The airline will not bid anymore to run some of the airports owned by the Department of Airports such as Krabi or lampang. Lampang.
(Source: Bangkok Post)