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**Thai Airways fares stay fixed - for now

Bangkok Post dd. 17 januari 2006

(TNA) - National flag carrier Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) plans to keep its air fares at the present rate, but took note of rising fuel costs and first quarter results that were below expectations.

Acting THAI President Somchainuk Engtrakul, who is also a member of the THAI board, said that the rising fuel costs in early 2006 had yet affected the company’s cost management. Therefore, the national airline has no plan to increase its air fares through fuel surcharge at the moment.

Mr. Somchainuk conceded, however, that the company’s gross revenues in the first quater of the 2006 fiscal year, or from Oct 1-Dec 31 2005, were lower than earlier targeted.

The company’s gross revenues of Bt43 billion during the period were also lower that those of Bt46 billion in the same period of the previous fiscal year, he noted.

The national airline, nonetheless, gained a net profit of Bt5.72 billion in the first quarter of this fiscal year, he said.

The number of passengers per flight has also grown to 78-80 per cent on the average, which is satisfiactory, according to the acting THAI president.