The Management of Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) recently met with Admiral Chorchat Gra-tes, Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Royal Thai Navy, and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Office, regarding proceeding further with the Utapao MRO Campus Project at the Reception Room, Royal Thai Navy Headquarters.

Mr. Cherdphan Chotikhun, THAI Executive Vice President, Technical Department, Mr. Nond Kalinta, THAI Acting Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Sustainable Development, Flying Officer Ronnachai Wongchaoum, THAI Vice President, TG MRO Campus Project, as well as the TG MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul) Campus Project and THAI Technical Department working teams were welcomed by Admiral Chorchat Gra-tes, Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Royal Thai Navy, and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Office, Deputy Chief of the Office of the Comptroller of the Royal Thai Navy, Budget Bureau Director of the Office of the Comptroller of the Royal Thai Navy, representatives from the Naval Public Works Department, and entourage.

Following the meeting, Mr. Chotikhun said that the Royal Thai Navy is eager to allocate an area in Utapao Airport for THAI’s aircraft pending sale. In addition, THAI confirmed the rehabilitation filing process and its intention to proceed with the Utapao MRO project. The Royal Thai Navy has no objection to plans to complete construction of the MRO project according to schedule. In the fiscal year 2020, the budget for design and land preparation was approved. The blueprint is currently under consideration. For the fiscal year 2021, the construction budget will be considered by the Ad-Hoc Committee on the Annual Appropriations Bill Budget. The Royal Thai Navy and the EEC Policy Committee will present the information to the Ad-Hoc Committee on 17 August 2020.

The Royal Thai Navy requested THAI to collaborate with the EEC Policy Committee with regards to proceeding with the MRO project, in order to abide by restrictions and laws. THAI is scheduled to confer with the EEC Policy Committee on 7 August 2020.