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LUXURIOUS HOTEL TO BE DEMOLISHED

SUPREME ADMINISTRATIVE COURT: Court upholds ruling on Soi Ruamrudee highrise



BANGKOK:

A luxurious hotel in Soi Ruamrudee will have to be demolished on the orders of the Supreme Administrative Court, which on Tuesday upheld an earlier ruling that its construction was against city laws.

The court ruling said that highrise in Soi Ruamrudee had been built illegally as the soi is not 10 metres wide as claimed by a former Bangkok governor and a former Pathum Wan district chief, who approved the construction.

Tuesday’s ruling upheld an earlier verdict given by the Central Administrative Court that ruled in favour of a petition by the Foundation for Consumers volunteer lawyer Chalermphong Klabdee, who represented 24 Ruamrudee residents.

The petitioner included Royal Household Bureau’s Deputy Lord Chamberlain Khwankeo Vajarodaya and the petition was against the then Bangkok governor and then Pathum Wan district chief for allowing Tabtimtorn and Lapprathan companies to construct the highrise on Soi Ruamrudee.

The Court ordered the Bangkok Metropolitan and Pathum Wan District to have the hotel demolished partly or wholly within 60 days.


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Red Light Jihad: Islamic insurgency in Thailand’s strangest party town

SUNGAI GOLOK, Thailand — Pin is stumbling drunk. When she bends down to refill a customer’s Heineken, her hair dips into the beer. Her breath smells like menthols and fish sauce. She is shrieking advances in tortured English at any male who passes by.
 
None of this is particularly odd in Sungai Golok, a gritty border town in Thailand. Pin is a 35-year-old sex worker in one of the city’s countless open-air bars. Cooing at strangers and plying them with overpriced beer is part of her job.
 
But nerves are extra raw tonight. The city is under attack.
 
Again.
 
One hour earlier, five bombs erupted in quick succession in various parts of the city. An innocent woman, killed by flying shrapnel, is sprawled in the street just a few blocks away. Soldiers have hastily draped a white sheet over her body. It covers all but her feet and a single manicured hand.
 
Shopkeepers are yanking iron gates shut. Locals are hunkering indoors.
 
Yet, in the city’s red-light zone, the beer keeps flowing and the electro-pop keeps blaring.
 
“I’m really scared,” Pin says. “I’m also really drunk.”
 
You won’t find Golok on the cover of any guidebook. It’s a surreal sex destination that Thailand’s tourism authorities don’t like to talk about. It’s a little bit Tijuana, a little bit Kabul.
 
The city is located in Thailand’s touristed south, sought out for its deluxe resorts and crystal-sand beaches. But few Westerners (or Thais for that matter) like to venture this far into the Thai-Malaysia borderlands — a region plagued by Southeast Asia’s bloodiest insurgency.
Everything that makes Thailand infamous is available in Golok: cheap booze, late nights, rented female company.
 
But these parties just happen to be raging inside territory claimed by jihadis who pull off hundreds of bomb attacks each year.
 
The jihadis are hell-bent on turning this region into an Islamic breakaway state. Since 2004, their war against the Buddhist nation of Thailand has tallied more than 6,200 dead. That’s more conflict deaths in the last 10 years than in the Gaza Strip.
 
And yet the tourists keep coming. Not from Europe or the United States but from Muslim-majority Malaysia just across the border. They are men escaping provinces where Islamic codes forbid booze and miniskirts.
 
“When the Muslim guys get here, they drink hard,” says Tip, a brawny 33-year-old woman who manages Pin and several other women at the same bar. She has the look of an enforcer: camouflage pants, wallet chain, forearms raked by scar tissue.
 
Like many women on this strip, Tip has suffered from the attacks. She earned her scars right here, on the same strip, in a bombing several years back. For veterans of this city’s sex trade, witnessing an attack is practically a rite of passage. “I just cleaned off the blood and brought out more beer,” she says. “You have to get used to it.”
 
Pin — a slight woman in jean shorts — is still drowning her worries in beer. She executes a sloppy pirouette, trips and plops into the laps of two male customers. The men look nearly comatose-drunk, oblivious to the bombings. Pin cracks open another Heineken and charges it to their tab.
 
“Sorry, Pin usually doesn’t misbehave. She’s just scared,” Tip says. “But we can’t shut the bar every time there’s an incident.”
“Very un-Islamic”
Nightclub bombings are just another casualty in southern Thailand’s guerrilla war, a conflict over land, power and religion.
 
This is where Southeast Asia’s Buddhist mainland, anchored by Thailand, merges uneasily into a long expanse of Muslim island nations.
 
The conflict dates back to the early 20th century when Siam (now Thailand) conquered Patani, an Islamic sultanate.
 
Its Muslim inhabitants were not thrilled to become subjects of a Buddhist kingdom that had just defeated them in battle. Their descendants have never quite assimilated into modern Thailand.
 
Many feel their homeland is still run like a colony. Four out of five people in the contested region are Muslim. Yet Thai Buddhists hold almost all of the power.
 
Obedience to the Thai state is enforced through never-ending martial law. The area is flooded with 60,000 armed security officers — about one for every 30 residents. Most don’t speak the local language (Malay), don’t follow the local faith (Islam) and don’t hesitate to raid villages under dubious pretexts.
 
Indignation has given rise to a shadowy network of jihadi cells with no unifying name or leader. In the war to reclaim their lost sultanate, the jihadis have rejected peaceful resistance in favor of extreme violence, often against civilians. They shoot monks, torch schools and deploy roadside bombs.
 
The heavily fortified red light district has become a green zone for drunken men on the prowl.
 
 
Their most sought-after prey: cops and soldiers, whom they call “Siamese pigs.” But they will attack anyone linked to the Thai state, including teachers, bureaucrats and Muslim collaborators.
 
Also targeted are brothels, karaoke joints and any place deemed an affront to Islamic values.
 
The region’s Muslim fighters are outraged at the spread of Thai sleaze, says Wan Kadir Che Man, an elder statesman of the insurgency. Now 73, he’s retired from managing separatist groups. But he still maintains contact with active jihadis.
 
“The [jihadis] say ‘This is against Islam!’ It’s their duty to eliminate this,” Wan Kadir says. “When you’re Muslim, and you see other people in your area doing things against Islam, you should stop them.”
 
For Wan Kadir, a man tempered by a youth spent in the US, bombing brothels is a step too far. But he insists that Thailand must defer to Muslim culture by moving sordid venues into walled-off zones away from public view.
 
Until that happens, he says, the nightclubs will continue to attract the wrath of hard-line jihadis. “For someone in the [Muslim villages] who just came back from Mecca ... this is very unusual,” Wan Kadir says. “This is very un-Islamic.”
 
Abu Imad is a 55-year-old insurgency leader who claims he is actively ordering attacks. In his eyes, brothels are more than just a nuisance. They’re a deliberate plot to pollute Muslim society.
 
“The Thais want to destroy our young generation,” says Abu Imad, who sits on the supreme council of the Patani United Liberation Organization, a separatist group founded in the late 1960s. “They use drugs and go to the prostitution house ... then they get HIV, go home and spread it to their wives.”
 
“Prostitution? No, no,” he says. “This is not our culture. This is their culture.”
 
“We’re not angels”
 
The Marina Hotel dominates Golok’s red-light scene.
 
At $31 per night, it is the city’s priciest attraction. That buys admission to a 15-story fortress of vice, with an in-house massage joint and two raucous nightclubs. There’s even a ballroom where diners are treated to a middle-aged crooner in Tammy Faye makeup butchering love songs.
 
The Marina Hotel is also a footnote in Asian terrorism history. In 2005, the insurgency’s first-ever car bomb exploded here, destroying the ballroom and claiming five lives. The hotel has been bombed at least four times, most recently in 2011 when four Malaysian tourists were killed.
 
And yet it’s often packed.
 
“You have to understand. We just want to be happy,” says Eddy, a goateed Muslim dad who slips out of Malaysia to party at the Marina. “Our government bans nightlife. So we have to seek out happiness in Thailand.”
 
In the Malay tongue, Sungai Golok means “Sword River.” A ribbon of neck-high water is all that separates the noise and squalor of Golok from Malaysia’s most devout state, Kelantan, a sleepy backwater with 1.5 million people. The state is controlled by an all-Muslim political party advocating for strict Islamic laws.
 
Forget about go-go bars; in Kelantan, cops can lock up unmarried women simply for making out. This is the sort of orthodoxy insurgents hope to enforce in Thailand’s deep south if they ever emerge victorious.
 
But many men living in Malaysia — namely Muslims and ethnic Chinese — seek an escape from this rigid society, at least for a weekend. Those with suspicious wives can even enter Thailand through back routes that don’t require a passport stamp.
 
“Yes, Islam says all this stuff is bad,” Eddy says. “But we’re not angels. Isn’t it normal to like girls?”
 
Like most male visitors to Golok, Eddy seems nonchalant about bombs potentially ruining his holiday.
 
It’s not like explosions are rare. The region, roughly the size of Connecticut, is hit by an average of 280 bombs per year, according to the independent organization Deep South Watch.
 
In 2007, the jihadis inflicted 91 bomb deaths here — topping the number of US and US-led coalition bomb deaths that year in Afghanistan.
 
Bombs have ripped through Golok’s dance floors. They’ve exploded in karaoke joints and outside rent-by-the-hour hotels.
 
But after multiple Malaysian tourist killings, the city’s main red-light district is heavily defended. Closed-circuit cameras now scan every corner. Humvees rumble through every hour. Thai soldiers with M-16s stand guard outside neon-lit bars.
 
It has become a Green Zone for drunken men on the prowl.
 
The night ladies
 
The Night Lady is a karaoke joint stranded on one of the city’s rougher, second-tier party streets. The walls are painted Barbie pink. The squat toilet in back is accented by a disco ball twirling overhead.
 
“We’re open to everyone,” says Bam, the bar’s senior female employee. She is a twig-skinny woman with a ponytail and vigilant eyes. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a terrorist, a cop or a soldier. We accept them all!”
 
Ten years ago, Bam was a 20-year-old young woman seeking an escape from the rice fields. She came in search of a job indoors, away from the aching drudgery of field work and the skin-searing heat.
 
She found it in a Golok dive bar more than 1,000 miles south of her village.
 
Bam is now a 30-year-old sex worker with a head full of dark memories. She has taken shrapnel to the face. She has seen ambulances haul off the dead. “Once you have your second and third bombing,” Bam says, “you start to get used to it.”
 
Most of the city’s working women share Bam’s backstory. The overwhelming majority migrate here from the rice-farming heartland in Thailand’s north and northeast.
 
“You don’t have to force girls to come work here. Everyone likes money,” Bam says. “People can say my dignity is more important. ... Well, can I buy food with dignity? Or do they take cash?”
 
Bam’s job requires daily binge drinking and sleeping with strangers. She witnesses the occasional patron-on-patron stabbing. Add to that the nagging fear of jihadi bombs.
 
Yet Bam insists that, for Golok’s working women, selling sex in an insurgency zone is often their least bad option in life. “The money’s decent,” she says. “It’s more profitable than working in Bangkok.”
 
Men flocking to Thailand’s high-profile red-light zones — in Bangkok and in coastal Pattaya, a notorious sleazefest — are fickle. They’re from faraway places like Australia, Russia or Japan. Their numbers ebb when the global economy slumps or Thailand suffers through a military coup.
 
But the Malaysian guys are consistent, Bam says. They’re always just a river crossing away, and so nightlife-starved that they’ll wade into an insurgency for beer and sex.
 
“Even if I found out a customer was a terrorist, I wouldn’t say anything,” Bam says. “I’m here to make friends. Not enemies.”
 
Coyote dancers
 
Roughly 24 hours have passed since Golok and its surrounding districts came under attack. Authorities have tallied the carnage: more than 20 bombs, most of them small, targeting schools, markets and shops.
 
Pin, looking hungover, is back out on the strip. A blast-resistant military vehicle is idling on a nearby curb. The same model, a South African-made REVA, is also popular with the Iraqi army. Baby-faced troops with assault rifles are posted in the shadows.
 
If the jihadis intended to scare away partygoers, they failed. City workers have yet to scrub the bomb char off the pavement. But the men who love Golok are undeterred.
 
Most are drifting toward the Marina’s upstairs disco. A doorman kindly encourages all guests to deposit handguns in lockers by the entrance.
 
Inside, there’s a stage of “coyote” dancers, Thai women in bikinis gyrating to electro-dance music cranked to gut-quivering volume. (The term “coyote” dancers draws from the US film “Coyote Ugly” about women dancing sexily on New York City bar tops.)
 
Everyone entering the disco is accosted by a Thai aunty in a lilac pantsuit. She cups her hand to customers’ ears and screams instructions: Pick your favorite coyote girl, buy her lots of alcohol and give aunty a tip.
 
She recommends a 20-year-old, nicknamed Benz, who has a Samsung Galaxy 3 wedged into her bikini bottoms. Aunty boasts that she’s imported all the girls from Khon Kaen, a farming province in the far north. “Khon Kaen girls are light skinned and sexy!” she shrieks. “Everyone knows that!”
 
Many of the customers are middle-aged men behaving like boys on spring break. They’re pawing at dancers’ tights. One guy keeps drunkenly ashing a cigarette in his friend’s beer.
 
Jihadis once managed to plant a small bomb behind the loudspeakers on this very floor. If they repeat their strike right now, it’s possible these guys wouldn’t notice.
 
Downstairs, in the hotel’s ballroom, the atmosphere is less abrasive. A plump female crooner belts out Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.” She appears to have applied an entire makeup aisle to her face.
 
There are men here too. They’re smoking, blowing nicotine storm clouds at the ceiling in between bites of mediocre Thai food.
 
The only other entertainment is a wall-mounted TV running a local news program. The displayed image is startling: a dead woman, half covered in a sheet, under hazy fluorescent lamps. It’s the woman who was killed last night just three blocks away.
 
Like her attackers, she was Muslim. It wasn’t a targeted hit, just the haphazard murder of a woman who passed by at the wrong time. Somehow, the bomb blast barely loosened her hijab. It was the shrapnel (possibly tiny nails, a jihadi favorite) that took her life. Her name was Sarika Mama.
 
The news plays closed-circuit security footage of the bombing on a loop. Everyone in the ballroom can watch Sarika’s killing — a blinding flash that flings her body out of the camera’s right-hand frame.
 
The Thai staff is staring at the screen.
 
The male tourists look disinterested.
 
The crooner on stage begins warbling through Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven.”


http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/thailand/141204/sin-city-fire-islamic-insurgency-thailand-party-town
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TERRORISM

Tourist spots on alert after CIA report
Bangkok Post Published: 11 Dec 2014

Security measures have been stepped up around the US embassy and in tourist spots in Bangkok, following a warning by the US State Department over the safety of Americans and other foreigners in Thailand, the deputy Metropolitan Police chief said Wednesday.

The move comes after the release of a US Senate report on alleged CIA practices in Thailand.

Pol Maj Gen Chantawit Ramasut said no violent incidents have been reported so far.

"Intelligence has reported that the situation is still normal at the moment and we have not yet faced a situation that could lead to protests or unrest," he said, saying police stations have been instructed to boost their patrols in areas thought to be at risk.

Security has been stepped up in popular tourist areas such as Khao San Road, Soi Nana and Sathon, according to Pol Maj Gen Chantawit.

Thailand joined Afghanistan and Pakistan as one of the countries at risk of violence after the release of the report outlining harsh interrogation techniques used by the CIA on terrorist suspects.

In identical notices to Americans in the three countries, the embassies said the release of the report "could prompt anti-US protests and violence against US interests, including private US citizens".

The State Department urged US citizens to be on alert and to take appropriate safety precautions, including avoiding demonstrations or confrontational situations.

The three countries allegedly hosted secret facilities where prisoners were interrogated and tortured, according to the report.

For Thailand, however, the report blanked out all the information about the country's role in water boarding, housing terrorist suspects from around the world and the exact involvement of the Thaksin Shinawatra government, National Security Agency and Royal Thai Army.

The report delivered a damning indictment of CIA practices, accusing the spy agency of inflicting pain and suffering on prisoners beyond legal limits.












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PRE-PAID MOBILE PHONE SIM CARDS

NBTC deadline for prepaid users

The 90 million users of prepaid mobile phone services must all register their numbers by July 31 or their service will be suspended, according to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC)

NBTC secretary-general Thakorn Tanthasit said the commission set Feb 1 as the first day for strict enforcement of the registration of prepaid mobile phones with mobile operators or at Krung Thai Bank, superstores like Tesco Lotus and Big C and also 7-Eleven convenience stores.

Users will be given six months to register, otherwise mobile operators were to suspend the service.

This was a move to the prevent use of mobile prepaid phones in security cases such as the detonation of bombs.

NBTC commissioner Prawit Leesathapornwongsa said the registration requirement for prepaid users had been law for a long time, but had not been strictly implemented.

There were now as many as 90 million prepaid users.

The principle is to register before the activation of a new number, but mobile phone operators had ignored it.

He said the new requirement is unfair to consumers, so the NBTC should find a way to soften the impact - such as setting a condition that non-registered users will not be able to top up the credit for their mobile phone.



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NEW ALCOHOL LAWS

Restricted alcoholic beverages sale times will take effect today throughout the country.

Alcohol beverages can now only be sold from 11.00 am – 2.00 pm and from 5.00 pm – 12.00 pm every day.

An announcement was made today by the Prime Minister’s Office on the 2015 law regulating alcohol sales which takes effect today.

At all other times, alcohol sales are strictly forbidden with the exception of at international airport terminals and legally registered entertainment venues which have laws that strictly govern the periods they can operate daily.

Director General of the office of the Alcohol Control Committee Mr Samarn Futrakun stated the core substance of the new regulation remains the same in that the permissible duration for daily alcohol sales to be capped at 10 hours.

Airports however are given the same allowance as before while entertainment venues which in the past were allowed to sell alcohol from 9.00 pm – 2.00 am can only do so up to midnight.

This means that in total, night time entertainment venues can only legally sell alcohol for 5 hours every day which in total is less than regular restaurants.

As for the reason for the new regulation governing alcohol sales, he stated that the old law was problematic as it did not cover every aspect.

The new law however takes into account every type restaurant and other venues selling alcohol.

Also, the old law allows for wholesale purchase of alcohol in excess of 10 liters to be made at any time of the day while any purchase under 10 liters can only be made at the specified times.

The new regulation does not allow for this, what matters now are the stated hours for purchase or sale of alcohol irrespective of quantity.

Violation of the law is subject six months imprisonment and/or a 10,000 Baht fine.
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ANGKOK– Thailand’s Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has targeted its concerns over the online travel website Agoda.com owned by the Priceline Group.   Agoda is extremely popular in Thailand for its discounted deals on accommodation and tour packages.

Thailand’s Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is saying that a recent report indicated that the site is providing deals with unregistered hotels.

According to NNT officials at (TAT) are especially concerned about its direct link with Agoda.com. TAT has now dispatched officials to gather further details.

Meanwhile, the TAT has stressed that its website supports only legally registered hotels that officially belong to the Thailand Hotel Association, adding that the search results from zizzee.com , a Thai made hotel price comparison website, would add hotels listed from Agoda.com without checking the credentials of the establishment.

Consumers are urged to perform background checks on hotels on websites themselves before booking.

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ALCOHOL SALES BANNED ON ROADS...

Alcohol sales banned on roads, pedestrian areas and bus terminals

BANGKOK, 15 February 2015 (NNT)

The Prime Minister’s Office has issued a ban on alcoholic beverage sales on the roads and pedestrian areas.

The ban also covers sales and consumption of alcoholic beverages at bus terminals.

Director-General of the Department of Land Transport Thiraphong Rodprasert said the ban was imposed since drunk-driving was the main cause of road accidents.

Those who violated the ban were subject to imprisonment of up to six months and/or 10,000 baht fine, he said.

Safety of public bus passengers was always a priority of the department, said the director-general.

The department makes sure that drivers of all types of public buses have zero alcohol in their blood.

Those who are found to have more than zero milligram percent while on duty will be immediately replaced and face up to three-month imprisonment and/or fine of 2,000-10,000 baht.

Their employers will also face fine of not over 40,000 baht.

The department will send officers to inspect alcohol sales and consumption at bus terminals and set up check points on the roads.

The general public are urged to take part in promoting road safety by alerting officers if they see alcohol sales at bus terminals or public bus drivers drinking on the bus or while driving.


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IMMIGRATION CLEARANCE MACHINES

Machines will cut airport queues



Friday, 27 February 2015

The Immigration Police Bureau will install immigration clearance machines to cut queues at the country's main Bangkok airports by mid-2015.

Sixteen automated immigration clearance machines will be allotted to Suvarnabhumi airport and be ready to use by July this year.

Eight machines, costing a total of roughly 76 million baht, will be stationed at the departure immigration zone and another eight in the arrival hall, said Choengron Rimphadee, the director of immigration clearance at Suvarnabhumi airport.

Don Mueang airport will also receive four machines for its arrival and departure halls by the end of the year.

Initially, those eligible for machine-processed entry will only be foreign residents of Thailand who pre-registered with the immigration police to use the devices.

Pol Lt Col Choengron explained that registration is required as immigration clearance concerns national security.

The apparatuses will hasten immigration clearance, as they require a mere 20 seconds to process each person, while an immigration officer takes twice that, averaging 45 seconds per passport stamp, he said.

More personnel will also be deployed to Suvarnabhumi's immigration booths to cut the lines during peak hours.

It has been known to take up to two hours to clear immigration, but officials aim to limit this to 30 minutes, which meets international standards, he said.

Meanwhile, nationals from applicable countries should fill out online applications for the visa-on-arrival prior to landing to do away with the hassle of paper forms, Transport Minister Prajin Juntong said.



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The logo of German Lufthansa's new budget airline Eurowings is pictured on a model at the Lufthansa headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany,
The carrier will serve Bangkok and Phuket and three other world cities at launch. (AFP photo)


FRANKFURT — Deutsche Lufthansa AG will offer rock-bottom airfares to Thailand when it launches its low-cost, long-haul carrier Eurowings in October.

Lufthansa, Europe's second-largest airline initially will serve Bangkok and Phuket, along with Dubai, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, offering steeply discounted promotional fares to begin. Fares from Germany to Thailand will start at 199.99 euros (7,159 baht) while Dubai fares begin at 99.99 euros (3,580 baht).

The company introduced the super-low fares to sharpen competition with Persian Gulf carriers that have been crowding it out of routes, said Karl Ulrich Garnadt, head of Lufthansa's passenger business, said at a presentation in Berlin Wednesday.

"We are not presumptuous to think that we could challenge Emirates with two weekly flights to Dubai given the massive capacity they have," Mr Garnadt said in an interview. "This is not a provocation, I believe Emirates won't even notice this."

Starting a low-priced offering to Dubai, the most popular long-haul destination from both Frankfurt and Munich, Lufthansa's main German hubs, is a shift of strategy. Lufthansa had been pulling out of routes that faced too much competition, deciding in October to end service to Abu Dhabi after Etihad Airways increased capacity to the city through Air Berlin Plc, its minority-owned German partner.

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Eurowings' long-haul service will start with two Airbus Group NV A330-200 planes seating 310 from October from Cologne airport and that fleet will eventually grow to seven, Mr Garnadt said. It will copy the price model introduced by the Lufthansa's Germanwings unit with a "basic, smart and best" fare.

"In the longer run, seven aircraft surely are not the optimum size for such an operation," Mr Garnadt said, adding that increasing the size of the fleet further would require economic proof that the concept works.

Eurowings aims to be profitable by 2017 at the latest, and the goal might be achievable next year, Mr Garnadt said. The aircraft will be leased by General Electric Co's GE Capital Aviation Services, he said.

At 620 seats per week, Eurowings's offering to Dubai is less than a tenth of the capacity Emirates offers between Munich and that destination, flying 1,036 seats per day.



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