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Airport taxi surcharges to be increased

Transport Minister Prajin Juntong has given a green light for the increases of surcharge for taxi services at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Mueang International Airport, he said Monday.
He said the surcharges for small taxis and large van taxis will be allowed to be increased at the rates lower than the ones proposed by a special committee studying the taxi fares at the airports.
Prajin said to prevent impact on the people, the Airports of Thailand Plc will be asked to  shoulder the increases from the current surcharge rate of Bt50 for six months.
Prajit has assigned Deputy Transport Minister Arkom Termpitayapaisit and Deputy Permanent Secretary for Transport Ministry Pongchai Kasemthaweesak to work out with the Airports of Thailand as to how the surcharge rates for ordinary and van taxis should be increased.
The panel headed by Arkom proposed that the surcharge for ordinary taxis should be increased to Bt75 and van taxis to Bt95.
Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, president of the Airports of Thailand, said he has not received the official conclusion of the panel but he has been informed by Prajin that the new surcharge rates would be Bt60 and Bt80 for ordinary and van taxis respectively.
Nitinai said Prajin told him to have the Airports of Thailand shoulder the Bt10 and Bt30 increases for six months but he replied that the issue would have to be first submitted for an approval from the shareholders of the public company in line with the rules of the Stock Exchange of Thailand.
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