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Shortfall in revenue 'won't kill Airport Link'

The Airport Rail Link has no problem with cash flow, according to the chairman of the board of State Railways of Thailand (SRT), Supoth Sublom.

He denied a report that SRT would discontinue the Airport Rail Link in the next few months because the service was generating insufficient revenue.He added that the service had witnessed high daily ridership of 36,000-38,000, with a peak of 40,000 per day. Therefore, it is impossible that the service would be discontinued.The SRT is constructing links between the airport train with the Skytrain and MRT subway to provide more convenience to commuters.SRT governor Yuthana Thapchareon said it was normal that the Airport Rail Link would lose money initially, as it had just commenced service. The Airport Rail Link, which connects Suvarnabhumi Airport and downtown Bangkok, costs Bt70 million per month to operate versus monthly ticket revenue of Bt35 million. It is expected to become profitable in the sixth year of operation.

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