Directions: In this part, you will read a selection of texts, such as magazine and newspaper articles, letters, and advertisements. Each text is followed by several questions. Select the best answer for each question and mark the letter (A), (B), (C), or (D) on your answer sheet.
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Part 7 Reading Comprehension 單篇閱讀
29（10 則單篇閱讀，每則 2-4 題）
Questions 1-2 refer to the following article.
Layoffs Hit Airline Industry
By Kalaya Suniyasi
Bangkok (13 February) — One of the largest airlines in Thailand, Superior Thai Airways Ltd. has announced plans to lay off more than 100 employees in March. This follows similar moves made by two of Superior’s competitors — Royal Tigress Air and Thai Venture Airlines — in late January. Prasong Yadasang, senior vice president for Superior Thai Airways, said the move was necessary due to the falling numbers of passengers flying to international destinations this year. However, domestic travel has remained steady. Yadasang blamed a poor global economy and the growing threat of terrorism as factors negatively affecting the travel industry. “Unfortunately, the company has no choice but to downsize in order to meet the challenges we are currently facing,” the senior VP said in a statement. He noted that employees who are let go will receive severance packages that are in excess of what is required by Thai labor law. In addition to cutting flight attendants,
pilots, and administrative staff, the airline may reduce the frequency of its flights on some routes. “No routes are currently on the chopping block at this time,” Yadasang said. “However, the company will not rule out getting rid of some of its more unprofitable routes in the future.”
1. What action will Superior Thai Airways take?
(A) It will run a recruitment campaign.
(B) It will dismiss staff members.
(C) It will cut some of its international routes.
(D) It will advertise internationally.
2. What is suggested about air travel within Thailand?
(A) It has decreased more than travel to international destinations.
(B) The company has decided to chop its domestic routes.
(C) More Thais are traveling within the country than in the past.
(D) The number of passengers has not suffered a decline.
3. What is reported about money paid to laid-off employees?
(A) It will be more than what is legally required.
(B) It will be based on seniority.
(C) It will be dependent on the company’s financial situation.
(D) It will be confirmed in the future.
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