Monday, May 29, 2006

Bangkok Air for building airport near Assam's Kaziranga National Park

Bangkok Airways is looking to India as a potential location for a new airport.
Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, the airline's founder and president, has reportedly held discussions with Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi about building an airport near Kaziranga National Park.
During the talks with Mr Gogoi in Bangkok, Dr Prasert proposed establishing infrastructure to boost tourism, such as an 'Assam Safari', as well as links to other national parks in the state and the country's northeastern region.
The minister reportedly suggested the state would provide land for the airport if a formal proposal was received from the airline, in order to boost tourism in Assam.
Bangkok Airways has also been keen to build and operate airports in neighbouring countries including Laos and Cambodia, as part of a strategy to create synergy with its fledgling flight operations in those countries, said company sources.
29/05/06 Boonsong Kositchotethana/Bangkok Post, Thailand
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