Thailand is aiming to become centre for theregional aviation which will provide full-service for aircraft repair and maintenance, as well as training centre for regional pilots and air crew. Strategically located within the region along with strong supporting industries on aviation, the opportunities for growth and improvement are very high. The Boeing forecasted there will be 8,960 new airplanes in the period from 2009 to 2028 for Asia-Pacific region in response to growing travels volume within the region.
Thailand’s current aviation sector comprise of air transportation service for passengers and cargoes and ground-based supporting activities such as refueling, catering, repair and maintenance. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport has also been ranked world 13th busiest airport by passenger traffic in 2012 up from 16th place in 2011 and ranked world 20th busiest by cargo traffic in 2010. In response to the increasing growth in the aviation industry in the region, Thai government plans to expand the 2nd phase of Suvarnabhumi Airport to support increases in passenger traffic which already exceeded its existing capacity of 45 million passengers per year. The expansion will increase its capacity to handle 80 million passengers by 2019. The government has also approved 5.8 billion baht plan to increase the airport’s capacity to 12.5 million passenger by 2018 and recently Chiang Mai International Airport has completed its 2 billion baht expansion.
In line with the government policy to make Thailand full-service aviation hub, the BOI promotes the manufacture, repair or conversion of aircraft, including aircraft parts and equipment. These activities are classified as a priority activity of special importance and benefit to the country, which means that projects in the aircraft maintenance industry are eligible for exemption of import duties on machinery, regardless of zone, and an eight-year corporate income tax exemption, regardless of zone, and not subject to the corporate income tax exemption cap. For more information please go to www.boi.go.th.
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