On 15th Aug 2012 at Phuket International Airport, Mr.Kaecha Saksombat – Chairman of Senator Transportation Committee held a meeting together with Mrs.Thanyarat Audchariyachay – Chairman of Senator Tourism Committee, CDR.Prateep Vijitto – Executive Vice President of Thailand’s Airports Public Company (Ltd), Mr.Sampan Pongthai – Ministry of Transport, Mr.Pratuang Sornkham – Director of Phuket International Airport, Mr.Theerayut Prasertpol – Director of Phuket Transport and relevant agencies including the Harbour Department, Highways Department and Rural Roads Department.
The meeting was held to get an update on the situation with regards to complaints made about the cooperative car service fee concessions and the increasing number of illegal taxis at the airport. It was also a chance for the group to be updated on the renewal of the commercial area, the Phuket International Airport expansion project and improvements made to the security in the airport.
Mr.Kaecha said “We have arranged this meeting to follow up with Phuket’s management team about how they are progressing with the issue of black plate taxis at Phuket International Airport, the renewal of the commercial area and also to see what progress has been made to the expansion project. We also want to look at the complaints made by the operators of the limousine service, as it appears the concession fees are very high. It is also believed that we now have a 30 registered taxis at the airport.”
With regards to the progress with the expansion project, which will increase the airport’s capacity, CDR.Prateep said that bids had now been received and the relevant subcommittee will consider the bids on 23rd August. After select the winning bidder, the plans will be approved and construction will begin in 2013. It is estimated the expansion will take 31 months to complete and will use a budget of around 5,700 million baht. With regards to the improvements to the commercial area, he stated that it would take a further 6 months to study the information received.
Mr.Pratuang said “We have now increased the amount of seating in the departure areas by changing the seats to smaller ones, and have made improvements to the washroom facilities. This year we expect we will accept more than 9 million people at Phuket International Airport.”
Mr.Prakob Panyawai, President of Phuket Car Service Cooperative said “The cooperative is required to pay concession fees to Phuket International Airport of about 1.5 million, which is a very high rate. Now there another 30 registered taxis, which will have a big impact on the cooperative.”
Mr.Theerayut said “The registration of 30 taxis is the agreement of provincial congress participants; however I will refer back to the committee again.”
Mr.Jamreun Thipayapongtada, Deputy Governor of Phuket and Mrs.Thanyaras Audchariyachai raised concerns about the safety inside of Phuket International Airport and outside. They ask for additional measures to be implemented to prevent any misfortunes. Especially the old road to the airport, which runs adjacent to the runway of the aircraft.