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AOT invites King Power for talks on Don Mueang duty-free counter concession

Mar 10. 2020
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By THE NATION

Airports of Thailand (AOT) is preparing to negotiate with King Power after no other contractors made bids for the concession to run a duty-free pick-up counter service at Don Mueang International Airport, AOT president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn said.

AOT had twice opened bids for the project -- in November-December 2018 and January 20-31, 2020. On both occasions, only King Power Development Co Ltd submitted bids. “This indicates that no other contractors are interested in the project,” he said. “AOT’s board of directors therefore agreed to cancel the bidding process and use specific identification as the selection method instead. We have invited King Power for negotiations, and if their financial proposals meet AOT’s expectations they will undertake the project, which will run from October 1, 2022 to December 31, 2032.”

According to AOT’s schedule, King Power will have to submit its project proposal by Wednesday (March 11), technical proposal by Thursday (March 12) and financial proposal by Friday (March 13).

Nitinai added that AOT expected the Covid-19 situation to be resolved by April and that it would affect both number of passengers and revenue.

“We estimate that overall passenger arrivals and revenue in 2020 will drop by at least 10 per cent,” he said. “The outbreak also has affected the opening of Midfield Satellite 1 Building, which was scheduled to finish in April and open in November. Due to the current situation, the building might not be finished before April next year as we are still awaiting construction materials to be shipped from China,” he said.

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