THAILAND: THAI scraps Bangladesh airport deal

Thai Airways International has unilaterally terminated a contract to run Chittagong’s international airport due to Bangladeshi authorities’ repeated failure to hand over management of the airport, the Bangkok Post reported. Frustrated by the delays, THAI’s board last month decided to cancel the 10-year deal to manage the Shah Amanat International Airport and to pursue legal […]


Thai Airways International has unilaterally terminated a contract to run Chittagong’s international airport due to Bangladeshi authorities’ repeated failure to hand over management of the airport, the Bangkok Post reported.

Frustrated by the delays, THAI’s board last month decided to cancel the 10-year deal to manage the Shah Amanat International Airport and to pursue legal proceedings in Chittagong court for compensation from the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB).

Executives of the Thai national carrier had lost patience after allowing ample time for the CAAB to clear impediments, including protests from Biman Bangladeshi Airlines employees and opposition from Bangladeshi politicians.

THAI management now believe there is no chance for the CAAB to clear the way for THAI to begin its work at Bangladesh’s second-busiest airport.