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“Airport mafia” set to be hit as Fast Track scheme stopped at Bangkok’s main airport

From July 1st only first and business class passengers and those with special needs like the handicapped will be able to use the Premium Lane (Fast Track) service at Suvarnabhumi airport.  

The move comes after Thai media revealed that a major scam was netting “airport mafia” millions of baht.  Fast Track tickets – sold by Thai Immigration and handled by VFS Global Group – were finding their way into the hands of tour groups and other individuals who were selling on the tickets for vast profits.  

Tickets that started costing 18 baht were trading for anywhere between 200 and 1,000 baht.  Sutheerawat Suwannawat of the Airports Authority of Thailand at Bangkok’s main airport said that his personnel would be keeping a close watch on Premium Lanes from July 1st.  Only first and business class passenger and those with special needs would be able to use the service from then on.  Manager said that the story that broke on “360 Ongsa (degrees)” showed the extent of millions of baht profit in the scam. The airport mafia would be hit by the new regulations, they said.  

Thai Visa /  Manager Online

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