AOT will be asked to cut prices of fast food and drinking water at airports

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The Internal Trade Department will hold a discussion with Airports of Thailand Public Company tomorrow (Thursday) about the possibility of slashing the prices of food and drinks at six airports, including Suvarnabhumi and Don Meuang.

Ms Viboonlak Ruamrak, director-general of Internal Trade Department, disclosed today that the department had received many complaints from passengers that the food and drinks sold at the airports were overcharged.

She said that the meeting with executives of AOT tomorrow was meant to seek cooperation from the AOT to cut down the prices of food and drinks starting with drinking water and fast food in lunch box.

She said that the fast food and drinking water on sale at the airports should be higher than elsewhere because of the high rental fees charged to the food outlets but the prices should not be higher than 20 percent of normal prices of the same kind of food and drinking water on sale outside the airports.

A survey by officials of the department showed that a bottle of drinking water which was sold at 7 baht in the market was charged 17 baht at the airports. She said that 12 baht should be a reasonable price.

AOT is responsible for six airports nationwide which include Suvarnabhumi, Don Meuang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket and Hat Yai.