The Airports of Thailand (AOT) yesterday (Jan 10) dismissed allegation that bottled water was sold at unreasonably high price at the Thai airports, while affirming that it has regulation to govern all stores at airports.
The action came after the AOT was ordered by the Ministry of Transport to enforce stricter controls on overpriced food and drinks in the airports.
Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said he has ordered the AOT to introduce stricter controls on prices after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had voiced his concern over reports on overpriced food and drinks at Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports.
Under his instruction, Mr Arkhom said he ordered the airport authorities to make clear differentiation on basic consumer goods such as food and plain drinking water and luxury items.
But he admitted that high price in airports is a global phenomenon and not isolated to Thailand’s air terminals.
Accordingly, the AOT has issued an announcement dismissing the claim by a Japanese Facebook user Akihiro Koki Tomikawa that he paid a bottle water for 40 baht.
The AOT said a bottle of plain water of 500ml is allowed to be sold at not more than 10 baht while mineral water is sold between 25-50 baht.
It said it has introduced a contractual requirement where vendors must exercise the greatest care to ensure the quality of its goods and more importantly, make certain that their prices must not exceed 20 – 25% of local market prices.
It said further that it has received the cooperation of vendors to provide at least one cheap prepared dish on their menus and post clear prices on each item.
Vendors have also been asked to inform airport visitors that the AOT has setup free, clean drinking water booths and welfare shops selling cheap food as an economical alternative.