CAPA Center for Aviation

CAPA Center for Aviation

LCCs now account for more than one in four airline seats worldwide, whereas within Southeast Asia close to three in every five seats are now produced by LCCs. In virtually every region worldwide, LCCs are the growth engine within the airline business. But the airports they serve were often built in a very different era. As a result, there is commonly a mismatch between airport infrastructure, technology and services and the contemporary needs of LCCs. Airport managers and government regulators can also lack insight into the drivers of the LCC business model. Meanwhile, there are different types of LCCs, as many adopt the features of their full service counterparts and ‘hybridise’. This one-day Summit aims to help bridge the gaps in awareness that exist between the stakeholders - to help create the conditions for a win-win in Asian aviation and beyond.

AOT is the operator of the airport business in Thailand, the core tasks of which are airport management and development of the country’s 6 international airports, namely Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai, Phuket and Hat Yai. As for airports serving Bangkok and its vicinity, Suvarnabhumi Airport has the capacity to accommodate 45 million passengers a year, facilitate 3 million tons of freight a year and able to serve 68 flights per hour. Once serving as Thailand’s main gateway, Don Mueang International Airport is now the major LCC hub for budget carriers. It can accommodate up to 18 million passengers; with its Terminal 2 is under renovation to open in the near future to support an additional 11.5 million passengers per year. Currently, the airport can operate up to 40 flights per hour. It has 24 domestic and 32 international non-stop destinations.

As of 2014, all 6 AOT airports connected to more than 250 destinations, and served 131 scheduled airlines. The number of flight movements grew by almost 10% from over the previous year to almost 61,000 flights, increasing the number of welcomed passengers to almost 88 million. The success in operating all 6 international airports is based on 5 (Five) key strategies adopted in line with the company’s vision: “AOT operates the world’s smartest airports”. These are

1) To have exceptional infrastructure and facilities

2) To use top notch information technology at the airports 3) To enhance safety, security and service at the airports 4) To have good governance and efficiency and 5) To have sustainable growth and generate reasonable profit.