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PHUKET: Phuket International Airport (PIA) appointed 54-year-old Wing Commander Wicha Nurnlop as the airport’s new director on February 1, replacing former-Director Squadron Leader Pornchai Eua-aree, who has been transferred to the Airports of Thailand (AOT) headquarters in Bangkok.

K. Wicha returns to PIA after spending the past four months as Director of Haad Yai International Airport. Before transferring to Haad Yai in October 2007, K. Wicha had been Deputy Director of PIA since 2004.

K. Wicha and his two deputy directors, Yuttana Chitrobaree and Suteep Saensiriphan, met with Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanmit on February 4, K. Wicha’s first official meeting with the Phuket Governor since taking up his position as PIA’s director.

During the meeting, K. Wicha said that plans to expand Phuket airport with a 10-million-baht budget are still under consideration and that he was unable, as yet, to specify exactly how the money would be used.

“As for the limousine taxi problem, I want everything to end happily. I can’t do anything for the moment as I’ve only just arrived and have yet to receive orders from AOT, but we all would like to see positive developments that will benefit everyone,” K. Wicha added.

 

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