Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra wants to boost Thailand as the region’s budget airlines hub and vowed to expand airports in tourism provinces to accept more overseas travelers.

She floated the idea in a meeting with Tony Fernandes, AirAsia chief executive officer, and several AirAsia executives who paid a courtesy call on her at Government House on Wednesday.

Mr Fernandes briefly outlined AirAsia’s vision in expanding its investment and aviation service in Thailand and described the kingdom as Asia’s most significant strategic location.

Thailand has a geographical advantage, which will be strengthened when the Southeast Asian region is integrated under the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, he said, stressing AirAsia’s confidence in using Thailand as its aviation springboard for the region.

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