MRO Centre And Duty Free Shops As Additional Revenue Sources For Bangkok Airways

The number of international tourists’ arrivals keeps on increasing every year. This is the reason for the dramatic growth of the hospitality industry. For the comfort and convenience of visitors, there are hotels in Sukhumvit that offer luxury accommodations with exceptional service and state of the art facilities.

Meanwhile, Bangkok Airways has announced that they are focusing on aircraft maintenance and duty free business in order to improve corporate performance particularly since the aviation industry has become rather competitive. The airline believes that the continuous growth of tourism in Thailand will help boost the duty free business.

New opportunities can be found in the aircraft maintenance sector because maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services are very important to the aviation industry most particularly for the low-cost airlines. Bangkok Airlines will seek investment privileges from the Board of Investment which is in line with the government’s initiative to create an aviation city near U-TapaoAirport, a part of the Eastern Economic Corridor.

The first MRO service centreis being operated from Don Mueang Airport. The second MRO centrewill be situated at Sukhotai Airport and expected to open in the next 18 months. Bangkok Airways spends at least 160 to 200 million baht for aircraft maintenance and repair. Additional maintenance centres will help in reducing operating costs. Fluctuating fuel costs are making operations quite difficult and diversification will help minimize the risks.

Early this year, Bangkok Airways has launched More Than Free Co to operate the small duty free shops at Samui, Surat Thani and LuangPrabang airports. Tourism growth is expected to drive this sector.  British Airways is also into talks with duty free operators from France and Germany. They are being encouraged to join the upcoming bid called by the Airports of Thailand.

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