Due to the Thai Prime Minister's disapproval at Thai Airways International, he has invited Singapore Airlines, via the Singapore Government, to study the viability of a low-cost airline based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The proposed airline was discussed between the two PMs of Singapore and Thailand during an informal summit. "We have kept SIA informed about what happened (at the summit). They will be conducting a detailed study in Thailand," said the Singaporean Minister of Transport - Yeo Cheow Tong.
"As PM Goh said this is called a commercial project and therefore SIA will be driving it. It must be commercially viable." "Singapore welcomes the idea because if we can play a role in opening up the Greater Mekong Subregion and turn Chiang Mai into a northern aviation hub, that will be useful."
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