AOT Signs Sister Airport Agreement with Liege Airport
Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT) signed a sister airport agreement with Liege Airport S.A. at the Asia Air Cargo Summit 2018. The agreement was signed by Mr. Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, President of AOT, and Mr. Luc Partoune, CEO of Liege Airport, witnessed by Miss Sasisubha Sukontasap, Senior Executive Vice President (Corporate Strategy), AOT and Mr. Steven Verhasselt, Vice President, Commercial Liege Airport.
Mr. Nitinai said: “AOT has cooperative projects with international airports under the framework of “Sister Airport Agreement” with airport operators across the world to promote the vision of ‘AOT operates the world’s smartest airports,’ which focuses on enhancing quality of service with safety standard as well as generating revenues sustainability. Additionally, the sister airport agreement pursues the AOT’s corporate strategy on international standards and business opportunity through information exchange , joint work activities, joint marketing and promotion and regular meetings.”
The signing of the agreement is aimed at mutually develop air cargo business opportunities , since Liege Airport S.A. manages Liege Airport in the Kingdom of Belgium, which is mainly used for freight/ cargo operations and located in the golden triangle Paris-Amsterdam-Frankfurt that handles 66 % of European freight.
Mr. Nitinai added that the signing of the agreement with Liege Airport S.A. will be beneficial to AOT for the preparation and development of air cargo infrastructure at Suvarnabhumi Airport to export perishable goods to Europe without rejects from destination countries. With the expertise of Liege Airport in air cargo operations and its rankings of the biggest cargo airport in Belgium and the eighth-biggest cargo airport in Europe, it will be useful to AOT for the establishment of a Certified Hub, E-Commerce Hub and Perishable Hub at Suvarnabhumi Airport in the future. The signing will also enable AOT to face challenges, follow the business trend in the air transport industry, and adapt to the ever-changing environments and contexts of the airport business. Above all, it will support the administration of AOT which is aware of its role as a commercial state in creating security and value-added economy to the country.