The Ministry of Commerce has agreed with four airlines that passengers can transport up to 20 kg of fresh fruit on individual flights free of charge
This measure is designed to help reduce the surplus of fresh fruit currently produced and to maintain prices in the domestic market.
Minister of Commerce Yurin Laxanavisitt visited a project to assist fruit producers at Surat Thani Airport following the conclusion of memoranda of understanding between the Ministry of Commerce and airlines such as Thai Smile, Bangkok Airways, Nok Air and Air Asia.
Each passenger is allowed to take no more than 20 kg of fresh fruit per flight free of charge. However, the fruit must be in a package prepared in accordance with aviation regulations. There are 5-kilogram and 10-kilogram packages that are available free of charge to airline passengers at the public relations desks of all these airlines.
The Minister of Trade said that such an innovation will function at any time of the year, and officials will estimate the number of fruits that will be distributed with the help of airlines. He plans to visit Long Kong markets in the southern border provinces August 31 and September 1. He also plans to apply this measure to help fruit growers in both Hatyai and Narathiwat.
Source: Pattaya Mail.