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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Three male suspects arrested for robbery

Three male suspects, including a former bank security guard, have been arrested for Sunday's bank robbery at Suvarnabhumi airport. Supatcha Phuthukmok, 33, a former security guard at Bangkok Bank's Suvarnabhumi airport branch; Sirisak Yodcharoen, 35, a former public bus driver at the airport; and Somkhuan Sriwanna, 35, the alleged get-away driver, were apprehended separately yesterday afternoon.

The first two suspects were discovered during a search of the Khao Fah Laep and Khao Saming hills in Lop Buri's Chai Badan district by police from Lop Buri and Samut Prakan's Ratcha Thewa police station. Mr Somkhuan was arrested at his house in Samut Sakhon's Krathum Baen district.


Police seized 360,000 baht from Mr Sirisak and about 1.1 million baht from Mr Supatcha. Another 1.1 million baht was found hidden in a jar at the house of Mr Sirisak's wife in Chai Badan district.


Another team of police seized 500,000 baht from Mr Somkhuan's house. The suspect threw a bag containing another 60,000 baht into a bush near his house, according to police.


The suspects have been charged with colluding to rob the bank.


Pol Maj-Gen Witthaya Prayongphan, the Samut Prakan police chief, said witnesses saw the suspects checking out the area around the bank on Sunday morning, shortly before the hold up.


The robbery lasted 40 minutes and the thieves stole 3.3 million baht.


Police allege Mr Supatcha and Mr Sirisak were wearing black jackets bearing the word ''Police'' when they entered the bank on Sunday morning, just after Saichon Pawangkanan, a 28-year-old teller, arrived for work.


One of the robbers brandished a handgun and the other held a knife.


They forced bank staff to open the vault, but could not get at the cash as it was stored in a separate safe inside the vault and another worker held the key. The robbers decided to wait.


When 40-year-old Pimwaree Tansriwong arrived, the robbers forced her to open the safe before handcuffing her and taping her mouth.


They also handcuffed six other workers who arrived during the heist before fleeing with the money in a pick-up truck.

Thai-Indian consortium lead the race for modernising Kolkata airport

A Thai-Indian consortium has emerged the lowest bidder for the Rs2,000-crore Kolkata airport modernisation project.

Thai company ITD, which also shared in the construction of the Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok has along with its Indian partner ITD CEM quoted around Rs2,000 crore, according to sources in the ministry of civil aviation. The ministry completed the examination of bid two days ago. The highest bid was around Rs2,400 crore.


The ministry of civil aviation anticipated a three week period before the award of the contract is formally announced, as the bid will first be evaluated by a technical committee that will send its recommendations to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) board for approval. Financial as well as technical experts would be part of the committee.


Three consortiums and one company had submitted technical and financial bids on 16 June, including Pomerleu Inc (Canada)-CCCL, TAV Tepe Akfer Yatirim Insaatva Isleme AS (Turkey)-Punj Lloyd Ltd. Indian infrastructure major Larsen and Toubro was the lone ranger, participating in the bidding process on its own, and not as part of a consortium.


Two armed men rob Bangkok Bank's Suvarnabhumi Airport

Two armed men robbed Bangkok Bank's Suvarnabhumi Airport Sunday morning and made off with Bt2 million.



Initial report showed that they entered the bank which is situated near shuttle bus terminal at the airport at about 9.30am.

They forced at gunpoint the bank cashiers to hand over them the money, altogether Bt2 million in cash.

They then handcuffed the bank staffs, removed a tape from the security camera at the bank and then ran away.

Police reported that one of them wore a hood while another man wore black jacket and no hood.

Police found difficulties in locating them because there are many road links around the airport.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Busy airports defy slump

Contraction? What contraction? Air traffic through Thailand's six key airports continued to show good growth last month, defying suggestions that momentum was slowing due to soaring oil prices and the sluggish global economy.


Figures for May from state-controlled Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) surprised industry analysts as they showed passenger throughput up 8.87% year-on-year and aircraft movements rising 3.78%.


Cumulative passenger traffic (departures, arrivals and transit) in the first five months of this year grew 10% over the same period last year to 26.14 million.


Total international passenger traffic in the five months to May rose 9.43% to 16.35 million, while domestic passenger volume was up 11% to 9.79 million.


Combined aircraft movements including transit through Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Hat Yai airports in the first five months were 173,742. International aircraft movements rose 3.9% to 94,845 while domestic ones rose 5.8% to 78,897.


Total cargo tonnage last month rose 8.5% to 117,769 tonnes, driven largely by a 9.1% gain in international shipments to 109,243 tonnes. Domestic movements were up just 1% to 8,526 tonnes.

Passengers passing through Suvarnabhumi, where most air traffic takes place, rose 9.5% in May to 3.24 million with aircraft movements up 5.3% to 21,461, and freight up 9% to 110,508 tonnes.


International passenger traffic grew 8.1% to 2.71 million while domestic trips rose 17.2% to 522,651.


But on a five-month basis, passenger traffic through Bangkok's main international airport was up only 1.37% over the same period in 2007 to 18.14 million, affected by a lower domestic volume.


Suvarnabhumi's international passenger throughput remained relatively strong in the five-month period, rising 8.8% to 14.97 million, while domestic trips contracted 23.5% to 3.16 million.


But industry analysts predict slower growth in the coming months as result of high fuel prices,inflation, travellers' austerity, and weakening demand in low season that normally lasts until October.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

180 fume over 28-hour delay in S'pore flight



HE thought it odd that his flight details were not flashed onscreen at the check-in counter of Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

But since people were still being checked in for Tiger Airways' 8.10pm flight to Singapore on Sunday, Mr Seng Ngee Kiang did not ask questions.


But it turned out that flight TR109 was cancelled. Its 180 passengers ended up waiting 28 hours for another flight, at 1am this morning.


Upsetting them further was the manner in which they claim Tiger Airways treated them - no airline official spoke to them till the next morning.


One passenger alleged he couldn't get through to the airline staff when he called for information.


Mr Seng, 33, a network engineer, had gone to Bangkok last Thursday with his wife and her 14 relatives, with a return flight booked for Sunday.


They sensed something was amiss when they remained at the boarding gate 30 minutes past flight time with no announcements.


Another passenger, sales engineer Glenn Tan, 29, told The New Paper that by 9.15pm, five airport staff appeared.


He said: "Some passengers were frustrated and yelled "What is going on?". It did not help that the Thai staff had communication problems as they spoke limited English."


Mr Seng described the situation as "chaotic", with babies crying.


Eventually, airport staff called out each passenger's name to return their departure cards and boarding passes.


All they were told was that the aircraft had a "landing gear" fault, said Mr Tan.


Passengers were instructed to return to immigration counters to void their departure chops and reclaim luggage at the arrival hall.


It was only when they were taken to buses and vans that they realised it could be an overnight delay.


They were taken to the three-star Alexander Hotel, about 20 minutes away.


A hotel employee told The New Paper that 70 of its 305 rooms were taken up by these affected passengers.


The receptionists told the passengers to assemble at the lobby by 8.30am the next day for an update.


Mr Seng's brother-in-law, Mr Lim B Y, 28, said none of the family members ventured out as they were on the outskirts of Bangkok.


Said Mr Seng: "When 8.30am came, we were told to come back an hour later. When we gathered again at 9.30am, we were asked to return in an hour's time. It was getting frustrating."


According to Mr Tan, an impatient passenger rang the Singapore embassy which was unable to help them further.


Then he rang the Tiger Airways office in Singapore.


Mr Tan claimed no information was made available.


At 12.30pm, two officials from the Thai airport arrived at the hotel.


By this time, one of Mr Seng's relatives booked a Swissair flight to Singapore that afternoon as he could not miss important meetings on Tuesday.


Mr Seng recalled: "It was while we were having our catered buffet lunch in the function room that we were given updates. The two Thai officials were speaking so softly and seemed overwhelmed by people near the front who badgered them with lots of questions."


The passengers learnt that a special flight had been chartered at 1am, Singapore time.


When contacted, a Tiger Airways spokesman confirmed the delay.


She said passengers were updated via a letter to their hotel rooms around noon once a new flight time was confirmed.


The letter said: "Tiger Airways apologises to passengers affected by the delay of TR109 (Bangkok to Singapore) on 15 June 2008. Upon landing, the aircraft experienced a technical problem with its nose gear. We are now in the midst of repair to rectify the problem. In the meanwhile, we are making alternative travel arrangements for affected passengers."


It also notified them that as it is a peak travel period, an extra flight had to be added.


She added that the Thai airport officials handling the situation were representing the airline as they were "contracted ground handlers" of Tiger Airways.


The fault with the "nose gear" was only realised when the flight from Singapore landed at Suvarnabhumi half an hour before it was due to take off back to Singapore, she said.


Mr Lim felt that at least a middle-management airline employee should have met the passengers earlier on to keep them informed.


Mr Tan said: "It was really about how they managed uncertainty. Technical faults may not be anticipated and safety should never be compromised, we understand that."


But he expected a backup plan for such situations to be ready.


All three men paid more than $250 in air fare. All had to take two extra days of leave.


Mr Tan said his wife, an accountant, was not as lucky as she had to return to work on Tuesday morning - about five hours after the flight was to land at 3.30am.


The airline spokesman said that Tiger Airways would be investigating how the ground handlers managed the situation before commenting further.


She added: "The safety of Tiger Airways passengers is top priority and we will ensure the aircraft meets airworthiness standards before operating any flight.


"We regret that there may be incidental delays during which we endeavour to keep passengers informed when updates are available and do our best within our means to make alternative arrangements to minimise the inconvenience caused."

Heavens above

Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Monday urged Thais to put their faith in astrology, and blamed the alignment of planets for the current economic and political troubles. But a "real" fortune teller said the ex-premier was wrong and predicted bloodshed in three weeks.


Street protests against the Thaksin government have been rumbling since May 25, while soaring oil prices and inflation have shaken investors and prompted farmers and transport workers to threaten strikes.


This is because Mars and Saturn are close together, Mr Thaksin claimed on Monday. He added that the troubles will ease soon.


"Be patient with the headache-inducing situation until July 2," Mr Thaksin told reporters. "Mars moving close to Saturn causes the headache. When Mars leaves, the situation will ease."


Famed fortune-teller Luck Rekhanitade disagreed. He predicted the opposite, that a deadly situation will occur on July 2.


In fact, he said that July 2 is the scariest day of the past 30 years. He predicted conflicts will erupt which could lead to bloodshed in the heart of the city when the violence peaks on July 6.


The astrologer urged Thais to reunite, a step which would prevent his prediction from coming true.


Mr Thaksin has put great stock in predictions of fortune tellers and astrologers.


When he was prime minister, Mr Thaksin ordered the first plane at the new Suvarnabhumi airport to land t precisely 9:19am because a seer had convinced him it was an auspicious moment.


For a while, he cancelled weekly press conferences, claiming that Mercury was not in a favourable alignment.


For all his faith in fortune tellers, he was completely taken by surprise when the army overthrew him in a coup on Sept 19, 2006.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Singapore Airlines Opens SilverKris Lounge at Suvarnabhumi Airport

Singapore Airlines has officially opened its SilverKris Lounge at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand.


The 313sqm SilverKris Lounge has a capacity of 102 seats. It is located on Level-3 Concourse-A, after the immigrations area. The lounge is designed in modern-contemporary style, with fullheight fabric-laminated glass panels to enhance privacy.


The airline claims that its SilverKris Lounge is equipped with 50-inch plasma televisions, a small business area where passengers can catch up on work and a WiFi network for wireless internet connection anywhere within the lounge. The lounge was designed by Leo International Design Group from Bangkok, and construction was managed by Jim & Hall's.

SA opens Suvarnabhumi lounge

BANGKOK: Singapore Airlines has opened its new SilverKris Lounge at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok.
The 350sqm lounge has a capacity of 102 seats and is located on level 3 of concourse A, after the immigration area.


The lounge is designed in what Singapore Airlines describes as a "modern-contemporary style", with walls decorated in rich timber and full–height fabric-laminated glass panels to enhance privacy. The high ceiling gives a sense of space, while full-length windows allow customers to enjoy tranquil views of the garden outside, as they relax in seats upholstered in nature-touch fabric or rich leather.


The SilverKris Lounge is equipped with 42-inch Plasma televisions, a small business area where passengers can catch up on work and a WiFi network for wireless Internet connection anywhere within the lounge.


The lounge was designed by Leo International Design Group Company Ltd of Bangkok, and construction was managed by Jim & Hall’s (Thailand) Company Ltd.


The SilverKris Lounge is open daily from 0515 to 2300 hours (except on Thursdays - from 0515 to 1900 hours).

Thai Intl focus of government cargo plan

The Thai government is considering setting up a cargo airline through Thai International to focus on agricultural exports.

"I believe the cargo airline will get off the ground this year. It is very challenging for Thai to manage the cargo airline," Finance minister Surapong Suebwonglee said.


Thai International Airways, which already offers a freighter service, could operate a new subsidiary to carry only farm products, he told a seminar.



The proposed new cargo airline might fly out of both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports and help speed up traffic, especially for agricultural products.


Product transport in Thailand currently is 86 per cent by land. Transportation accounts for six per cent of all product costs.

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