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Old April 5th, 2006, 01:46 AM   #481
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yes, an airport express rail line is under construction and it is scheduled to open about a year and a half after the new airport opens in July.

it links the city and the airport, allowing passenger to travel from a City Airport Terminal to the Airport in 15 minutes using a limited-stop express train service. there'll also be a local serive running along the same line but trains will call at every station.

the airport railway station is underground, just below the passenger terminal (Basement 2) and the airport hotel (Novotel).

the train is not Maglev though, but a Siemens built Desiro train.

if you're familiar with Bangkok, you can transfer to the Skytrain (BTS) and the Metro (MRT) in the downtown. the airport is about 20 km by road from the city centre. it is found on the eastern suburb or Bangkok.

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Wow, very interesting. Thanks for the pictures and information. I think all large airports should have a rail link to the airport. It's very convenient since there's no waiting in highway traffic.

I tried looking up the Desiro train but they all look different. Why kind of Desiro train will it be and is it diesel or electric?
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Old April 8th, 2006, 10:13 AM   #482
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New airport 'will not be open in July'
Construction delays, cost increases blamed

8 April 2006
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The contractor has admitted that Suvarnabhumi airport cannot open in July, as caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced, due to delays in construction and cost increases.

A source at the Transport Ministry said the new airport could not meet the July opening schedule because many construction jobs were delayed, which held up operational tests.

To speed up construction, parties responsible for the project intend to divert over 40 construction contracts to fast outsourcing, without open bidding contests. The practice could lead to favours of specifications for particular contractors, the source said.

"All parties know that the airport cannot open this July but no one dare speak out, fearing that it could deal a blow to Mr Thaksin, who made the announcement.

"If the opening was postponed until December, those 40 contracts would be subject to open bidding contests," the source said.

Many airlines had expressed concern over the delay and doubted the airport would open in July, the source added.

A source in ITO Joint Venture, the constructor of the airport, said it needed another three to four more months to finish work and officials responsible for the project were already aware of the situation.

A source at Airports of Thailand Plc (AOT) said that, apart from delayed construction, ITO Joint Venture was demanding an additional six billion baht from AOT for increasing construction work at the new Bangkok airport.

The joint venture led by Italian-Thai Development Plc said it had to do more work than specified in its original contract but AOT has not agreed to the additional sum. The dispute is also delaying completion of the airport.

According to the source, more construction work was assigned because the government wanted to increase the capacity of the new airport from 30 million passengers a year to 45 million.

Higher costs of raw materials also add to the dispute.

To settle the issue, AOT asked a committee of outsiders to examine the additional construction work and compared the cost claim with market prices.

The committee consists of representatives from the Engineering Institute of Thailand, the Association of Siamese Architects, the Council of Engineers, the Office of the Attorney-General, the Comptroller-General's Department and the ministries of transport and commerce.

Earlier the joint venture demanded an extra two billion baht, but the AOT approved only 600 million baht. The final additional cost should not reach the six-billion-baht claim, the source said.

The original cost of the new airport stood at 120 billion baht.

Suvarnabhumi airport director Somchai Sawasdeepon said verification of the extra money claimed would delay the airport's opening but careful consideration was worth the time.

However, caretaker Transport Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal insisted yesterday that the airport could open in July and Don Muang airport would close at that time.

He said luggage conveyors and scanners next to the western runway have been tested, but the tests for those near the eastern runway had just started. The tests will be completed next month.

Signalling systems for aprons and taxi-ways have been tested and the airport hotel will open next month when the public will be welcomed to visit the new airport, he said.

The roofing of the concourse buildings will be replaced in June simultaneously with repairs to leaks in the roof of the airport information management system building.

Tests of aircraft refuelling systems will start next month.
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Old April 8th, 2006, 10:51 AM   #483
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Well better late than never. At least the airport is "almost" done. I think once the airport is up and running and all the kinks are sorted out, everyone will forget that there was a delay to this airport.
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Old April 10th, 2006, 05:54 PM   #484
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Old April 10th, 2006, 05:57 PM   #485
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Old April 13th, 2006, 05:49 PM   #486
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Old April 13th, 2006, 10:53 PM   #487
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Old April 13th, 2006, 10:54 PM   #488
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Old April 14th, 2006, 06:29 AM   #489
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Old April 15th, 2006, 04:57 AM   #490
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What is left to finish in the airport??
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Old April 16th, 2006, 11:33 PM   #492
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So other than the "human" aspect of the airport, the rest is finished??
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Old April 22nd, 2006, 02:54 AM   #494
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Old April 23rd, 2006, 04:44 AM   #495
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Environmental designs honoured

Bangkok will host the first global Holcim Awards tomorrow, in which 15 of the most environmentally friendly architectural, industrial, engineering and urban planning designs from five continents compete for the gold medal.


Among the finalists are an entry from the Philippines in which concrete substrates are used to speed up the restoration of coral reefs and an urban renewal project in China that fits housing for extended families into a neighbourhood without requiring wholesale demolition or resettlement.


An entry from Japan, referred to as an "air suit", upgrades buildings to increase energy efficiency by wrapping them in a "new skin".


An urban planning project from Italy - "waterpower renewal" - combines historic preservation with contemporary architecture and uses water to power "self-sustaining buildings".


One of the two entries from Canada is an industrial product in which concrete moulds are made from fabric, which allows greater flexibility. Designs for roof gardens in Argentina and an underground railway station in Germany are also in the race.


Thailand's Suvarnabhumi international airport will be showcased as an example of sustainable construction.

"About 600 architects from around the world will visit the site of the new airport, which was designed by world-renowned architect Hermut Yan. Its energy-saving features make the new airport a sustainable development," said Chantana Kukumanond, executive vice president of Siam City Cement, an organiser of the event.


The awards, sponsored by one of the world's largest cement groups, Holcim, was initiated at the Earth Summit in 1992 to promote green designs and raise awareness about sustainable development among architects.


The first round of the awards started in 2004. The 15 candidates competing for global awards won regional competitions. A total of US$2 million (Bt76 million) will be handed out in the regional and global awards.


"This event is the first of its kind as judges will pick three finalists for the gold, silver and bronze prizes. Altogether, we received more than 3,000 nominations from 118 countries," Chantana said.


"The top three entries from five continents will be competing for the final Bt36 million awards here. We hope the event will raise more awareness of sustainable development among architects and people in the cement and construction industries," Chantana said.


The theme is to combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence to enhance the quality of life.


In 2004, nominations were submitted for the first round of five regional awards. The final 15 candidates were selected for the top prizes.


The panel of judges includes members of five leading academic institutions from five regions: the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tongi University of China, University of Sao Paulo and University of the Witwatersrand of South Africa.


Chantana said the awards had yet to gain recognition among Thai architects.


"Maybe, our public relations campaign was poor. In China, there were many applications and nominations after applications.


"Here we obtained only seven nominations and some failed to meet the organisers' conditions due to language and technical problems," she said.


However, the next round of Holcim awards, which begins next year, should attract more Thai entries as the construction industry will step up its campaign to encourage Thais to participate.


"Besides financial incentives, we think participation can boost competitiveness as all designs must be practical in terms of construction. They also need to be environmentally friendly, conserve energy and display a wise choice of materials that match climate and surroundings," Chantana said.


As host of this year's event, Thailand should benefit from the visitors the event will draw.


For a cement industry to co-host a green event may seem somewhat ironic, but it shows that the industry can play a role to improve the planet by promoting innovative architecture designs, Chantana said.

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Thailand's Suvarnabhumi international airport will be showcased as an example of sustainable construction.

"About 600 architects from around the world will visit the site of the new airport, which was designed by world-renowned architect Hermut Yan. Its energy-saving features make the new airport a sustainable development," said Chantana Kukumanond, executive vice president of Siam City Cement, an organiser of the event.

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Old April 24th, 2006, 09:32 AM   #497
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THAI to exploit Suvarnabhumi hub

Pattaya (dpa) - Thai Airways International (THAI) has pegged its five-year marketing plan on the launch of Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi Airport, although the exact opening date of the new airport remains a mystery, senior executives said on Tuesday.

"One of our strategies is to promote Bangkok as an aviation hub for the region, as the best connectivity centre to other points beyond Asia," said Vasing Kittikul, THAI's marketing director.

"We want to use Suvarnabhumi to attract more traffic away from Singapore, from Malaysia and even from Hong Kong," Vasing told a press conference at the sidelines of the 55th Pacific Asian Travel Association (PATA) conference in Pattaya, Thailand.

THAI is specifically looking to boost traffic from Europe to Asia and Australia. THAI already doubled its daily flights from Frankfurt and London last winter, and the airline plans to increase its flights from Paris to ten a week next year.

"The European market is growing. At present our cabin factor on Frankfurt and London is over 82 to 85 per cent," Vasing told Deutsche Presse-Agentur, dpa.

To prepare for increased in traffic THAI plans to boost its fleet from 82 aircraft at present to 100 by the year 2010. THAI has ordered six Airbus 380s, the world's largest aircraft, which will be delivered between 2009 to 2010.

But key to the strategy will be the opening of the new Suvarnabhumi Airport, which is scheduled for an official launch in July, but is likley to be delayed.

THAI has invested 400 million dollars in facilities at the new airport, which will boast the world's tallest terminal tower and have a capacity to receive 45 million people per year.

"The plan is for it to open this year," said Chokchai Panyayong, another senior executive at THAI, dodging questions on whether it would be delayed and if so, by how long.
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