ShoppingAirport authority claims five-billion-baht project due to open next month poses issues for aviation safety.

Thai luxury shopping outlet halted in conflict over approvals

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Central Village, a new five-billion-baht project, was due to open at the end of next month.

AoT president Nitinai Sirismatthakan said on Thursday that the Central Pattana Plc project posed issues to aviation safety. The project, Central Village, was due to open at the end of next month.

Airports of Thailand (AoT) has ordered the halt of a new five-billion-baht luxury shopping outlet adjacent to Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi airport due to the lack of land use approval.

AoT president Nitinai Sirismatthakan said on Thursday that the Central Pattana Plc project posed issues to aviation safety. The project, Central Village, was due to open at the end of next month.

Approval for the project was delayed due to its proximity to flight paths, which required prior approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), Bangkok Post reported. The project has also encroached on some land owned by the Treasury Department, Nitinai added.

However, CAAT director-general Chula Sukmanop clarified in a Bangkok Post report on Friday that the aviation authority had given the greenlight to the luxury project on July 6 last year.

The project was approved as it posed no aviation risk, with structures less than 23-metres high.

Chula said that the location “is in the aviation safe zone and the project can proceed”.

Aviation safety standards usually dictate that high-rises are not prohibited within a three-kilometre radius of a runway.


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