17-Nov-2009 10:43 AM

Thai Airways President criticises Thai Government interference in carrier

Thai Airways President, Piyasvasti Amranand has criticised the Thai Government for interfering in the management of the carrier, and stated minimising political interference, including favouritism in promotions and awarding of contracts, would be central to the recovery of THAI (BBC News, 16-Nov-2009). The carrier also expects to report another loss for 4Q2009, after reporting a net loss of USD121 million for 3Q2009.

Thai Airways: "The management had not really been allowed to manage the company. The company had been interfered heavily by the board, by the politicians. That had substantially weakened the management of the company, and our response to the crisis…When you promote people who have connections but no ability, initially it's okay, but eventually it weakens the company. It reduces the quality of the work. That is what has happened to Thai Airways," Piyasvasti Amranand, President. Source: BBC News, 16-Nov-2009.

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