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Phuket and BKK airports clear retail space for more passenger facilities

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Airport bosses in Phuket and Bangkok have reclaimed a number of areas previously used for retail and offices to create additional passenger facilities.

Airports of Thailand CEO, Kirati Kitmanawat, says AoT has taken back 491 square metres in Phuket Airport’s international terminal, and 1,907 square metres from the main concourse and the new SAT-1 buildings at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi.

The move follows complaints from passengers at Suvarnabhumi Airport, who told AoT they had to sit on the floor due to a lack of seating in the Departures areas, which many described as “full of shops”.

According to a Bangkok Post report, the areas being reclaimed at both airports were previously used by Thai Airways, King Power, Thai Immigration, and some for offices for customs and revenue officials.

Kirati says that within 2 months, these areas will be put to new use, offering passengers better facilities, including more seating or a children’s playground.

He adds that the changes are expected to cost AoT around 90 million baht in lost rental income.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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