Expensive parking

Parking at Phitsanulok Airport is expensive – 70,000 baht a month for just two spots. Of course, these are not ordinary parking spots.

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One of the two Boeing 747 planes parked at Phitsanulok Airport. CHINNAWAT SINGHA

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Expensive parking

Parking at Phitsanulok Airport is expensive – 70,000 baht a month for just two spots.

Of course, these are not ordinary parking spots. They are located just outside the passenger terminal and they are currently occupied by two Boeing 747 jets.

The decommissioned planes have been there since 2008 and they belong to budget carrier Orient Thai. The engines have been removed from both aircraft.

Orient Thai had originally rented the two Boeing planes for use in its domestic aviation business.

However, after the rental contract expired, the owner did not ask for them back. This left the company to shoulder heavy parking costs at Bangkok's main Suvarnabhumi airport, prompting the move to Phitsanulok.

Now airport officials want the planes removed, but there is a problem.

The two planes have been under investigation since March 2011 because Crime Suppression Division police suspected parts were being secretly sold to avoid taxes.

The police have not pressed charges against the airline but have ordered the airport not to move the planes until the case is finalised.

Yesterday Director of Phitsanulok Airport Kasem Intasorn called on police to quickly wrap up their investigation.

Meanwhile, the planes have become something of a tourist attraction, with curious passengers taking pictures before leaving the airport.

Each aircraft now bears a sign saying, "This plane is to be donated for educational purposes".

Adapted from stories in the Bangkok Post.

spot – the particular place where someone or something is  ที่, สถานที่
ordinary – not unusual or different in any way ธรรมดา, ปกติ
located – where something is ตั้งอยู่
terminal – a large building at an airport where passengers arrive and leave อาคารผู้โดยสาร
currently – at this time; now ในปัจจุบัน
occupy – to use a place for period of time ครอง
decommission – to take out of use or service ปลดประจำการ
budget carrier – an airline that charges very low prices
remove – to take something away เอาออกจาก
rent – to pay money for the use of something for a period of time  เช่า
domestic – inside the country being talked about ภายในประเทศ
aviation – the flying of aircraft การบิน
expire – to come to an end or stop being in use หมดอายุ
shoulder – to deal with or accept something difficult  แบกรับภาระ หรือสถานการณ์
prompted – caused ก่อให้เกิด
investigation – the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something การสอบสวน
suppression – stopping an activity from happening, in this case, criminal activity  การปราบปราม
suspect – to believe that something is true, especially something bad  สงสัย
avoid – to try to prevent something from happening or from having to do something หลีกเลี่ยง
taxes – money that you have to pay to the government so that it can pay for public services ภาษี
press charges – to accuse someone officially of committing a crime ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
finalise – to complete the last part of a plan, trip, project, etc ทำให้เสร็จสมบูรณ์
wrap up – to finish  ทำให้เสร็จสิ้น
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
attraction – something that creates interest and brings people to see it  การดึงดูดความสนใจ
tourist attraction – somewhere or something tourists can visit that is interesting or enjoyable แหล่งท่องเที่ยว
curious – having a strong desire to know about something  อยากรู้อยากเห็น
bear – to carry something ถือ
donate – to give something such as money or goods to an organisation, especially to a charity, school, political party, etc. บริจาค

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