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Prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered relevant agencies to check prices of food and drink at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports following complaints from passengers that the prices are very expensive.
Passengers’ complaints about the exorbitant prices for food and drink at the two airports was first reported in the www.thaich.net , a Japanese-language portal website about Thai travel and lifestyle.
On Jan 8, a Bangkok-based Japanese businessman Akihiro Koki Tomikawa, also complained of high price of bottle water at Suvarnabhumi airport which was marked up to 40 baht.
Mr Tomikawa, whose Facebook page has over 60,000 followers, also complained of taxi overcharging foreign passengers at Suvarnabhumi.
“I would like to stress that if these problems are left unsolved, all sides will be affected. If tourist number drops, nobody will earn. I wish that the Thai people take the issue seriously,” he wrote.
Deputy government spokesman Col Athisit Chainuwat said Gen Prayut had ordered concerned agencies to inspect business operators at the two airports during the weekly cabinet meeting on Tuesday (Jan 9).
He said the prime minister would like to know if the prices for food and drink at the airports are high as claimed by passengers. If yes, authorities must find out the cause of the high price and make sure that the food and drink prices are reasonable.