Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) will provide ground handling services for ASEAN leaders and dialogue partner leaders at Hua-Hin Airport, Thailand, during the 15th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit between October 23-25.

THAI is the official handling airline for the Summit. THAI managing director, ground customer services, Mr. Lek Klinvibul, said: “THAI is proud to provide services to such a distinguished gathering of ASEAN leaders. THAI will be providing similar ground services for other important events in Thailand. A full ground handling service at Hua Hin includes aircraft technical handling and support, ground handling services equipment, ramp services, baggage handling, and meeting and assisting visitors on arrival and departure.”

In association with the summit, THAI has also launched a “Visit ASEAN Airpass Fare” (VAAF) promotion with ticket prices to promote tourism in ASEAN countries. The special airfare is valid from now until November 30, 2009. For reservations, please contact THAI’s sales office and sales agents nationwide. For more details, customers may contact THAI’s call center at telephone: 0-2356-1111 or Fares Promotions/SF Promotion index.htm.

Thailand assumed the ASEAN one-and-a-half-year chairmanship in July last year. Thailand has summarized its priorities during that term with the three Rs: realizing the commitments under the ASEAN charter, revitalizing a people centered community, and reinforcing human development and security for all the people of the region.


The five original members – Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand – established ASEAN in 1967 in Bangkok. Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia joined over the next 32 years. As of 2006, the ASEAN region had a population of about 560 million and a combined gross domestic product of almost US$1100 billion.