Airport chiefs mull slashing food and drink prices at Thai airports

Airport and trade officials will meet tomorrow to discuss slashing food and drink prices at Thailand’s six airports, including Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports.

The move comes after the Internal Trade Department received several complaints from airport passengers that they were being overcharged for food and drink at the airports, Thai PBS reported.

The airports concerned are Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket and Hat Yai.

Viboonlak Ruamrak, director-general of Internal Trade Department said her agency will meet with executives from Airports of Thailand to discuss cutting prices, starting with fast food and drinking water.

She said that although food and drink rices should be higher at airports due to high rental fees charged to the food outlets, they should be no higher than 20 per cent of normal prices.

For example, a survey by the department showed that a bottle of drinking water which was sold at THB7 baht in the market would cost THB17 at the airports. Viboonlak said a more reasonable price would be THB12.

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