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Authorities ponder pleas from struggling airlines

Feb 27. 2020
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The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) will ask the Civil Aviation Board when it meets on March 6 to consider measures proposed by some 20 airlines suffering the effects of the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

CAAT director-general Chula Sukmanop said on Wednesday (February 25) that one proposal is for a 50-per-cent reduction through year’s end in fees charged to the airlines – for landing, parking, office rentals and other services.

Others would see the two-week process for approving requests for flight adjustments shortened and

passenger-service charges halved to encourage more people to fly.

Nearly 9,800 flights to Thailand scheduled for March have been cancelled, representing a loss of three million passengers, Chula said.

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