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Foreign airlines flock to Thailand in cold season

Successful open-sky negotiations have significantly boosted the number of foreign airline flights arriving in Thailand…

Successful open-sky negotiations have significantly boosted the number of foreign airline flights arriving in Thailand during this year`s cold season, Deputy Transport Minister Vichet Kasemthongsri revealed.

With 95 open-sky agreements now under its belt, the Thai government is now reaping the rewards, with three new airlines coming to Thailand over this year`s cold season.

Of these, two are from Russia and one a cargo airline from Saudi Arabia.

The increase in flights gives a boost to business contacts, investment and tourism, leading to more visitors coming to Thailand and a boost in foreign revenue, Mr. Vichet said, adding that the open- sky agreements were helping transform Thailand into a regional aviation hub.

This year a total of four Russian airlines will fly to Thailand, while Thailand`s own Phuket Air has expressed an interest in launching flights to Moscow.

Last year saw 90,665 Russian visitors coming to Thailand, while 63,695 Russians visited Thailand over the first seven months of 2004, an increase of 35.49 percent.

Vicky Karantzavelou
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