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Old September 27th, 2006, 05:31 PM   #741
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Old September 28th, 2006, 04:06 AM   #742
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Old September 28th, 2006, 04:43 AM   #743
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It's all over the news! I envy Bangkok!! Congratulations on your new airport!
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Old September 28th, 2006, 04:48 AM   #744
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YAY!! It opens !!!
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Old September 28th, 2006, 04:56 AM   #745
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It OPENS !!!!!
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Old September 28th, 2006, 05:00 AM   #746
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yes!! finally it's open !!
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Old September 28th, 2006, 05:20 AM   #747
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Old September 28th, 2006, 05:24 AM   #748
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Old September 28th, 2006, 05:26 AM   #749
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Old September 28th, 2006, 05:38 AM   #750
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congratulation to Thai people....the new airport is very nice....
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Old September 28th, 2006, 05:44 AM   #751
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It looks so much better then the other airport. Well done to Thailand for investing in such a great airport
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Old September 28th, 2006, 08:48 AM   #752
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I saw it on the local news in LA. Beautiful!
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Old September 28th, 2006, 01:39 PM   #754
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Old September 28th, 2006, 01:45 PM   #755
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Bangkok's new airport 'O P E N'

Bangkok opens much-delayed air hub

POSTED: 10:16 p.m. EDT, September 27, 2006

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Thousands of departing and arriving passengers christened Bangkok's new international airport as it officially opened Thursday with all commercial airlines transferring operations to the sleek new hub.

Flights stopped landing at the old, overcrowded Don Muang airport on Wednesday night.

The full transfer of passenger flights from Don Muang to the airy, expansive Suvarnabhumi Airport was completed at 3 a.m. Thursday (2000 GMT Wednesday), more than four decades after the project was originally conceived in 1960.

Built on an area known as "Cobra Swamp," Suvarnabhumi was crippled by everything from corruption scandals and a deadly fire to the military coup that ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on September 19.

Thaksin, who turned up the pressure to complete the airport -- built in four and a half years, all during Thaksin's reign -- heralded Suvarnabhumi as one of his administration's crowning achievements.

Surprisingly, the military takeover did not delay or significantly impact the airport's opening. The military assigned 800 troops to the airport for 90 days to support the transfer and help with troubleshooting.

Several army canine units were deployed at the passenger terminal to inspect suspicious packages. Suvarnabhumi -- a name conferred by the Thai king pronounced "sue-wanna-poom," which means "Golden Land" -- is a little over 30 kilometers (about 20 miles) east of Bangkok in a 563,000-square-meter (6 million-square-foot) H-shaped building.

The new airport is capable of handling 76 flights per hour and 45 million passengers per year. Suvarnabhumi is constructed of steel, concrete and lots of glass that lets in natural light while keeping out the tropical heat.

The oval-shaped concourse corridors are roofed by glass and white fabric panels. A 28-kilometer (17-mile) rail link under construction will connect the airport with mass transit trains in central Bangkok and is scheduled for completion in November 2007.

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Old September 28th, 2006, 01:48 PM   #756
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Baggage hiccups mar Bangkok airport opening

By Ed Cropley

Updated: 3:02 a.m. ET Sept. 28, 2006
BANGKOK, Sept. - Thailand's new $4 billion international airport won a thumbs up from most passengers on its first day of operation on Thursday, although teething problems with the baggage handling system led to some delays.

"It appears there weren't enough carts to carry the luggage from the plane," said Hemant Chattopadhyay, an IT professional from Bangalore in India who had to wait 2-˝ hours before being reunited with his bags.

Others complained about a lack of signs to the baggage halls, although by-and-large the massive complex, which will be able to handle 45 million passengers a year when it hits top gear, appeared to have swung into action smoothly.

"The signs weren't very clear and so we had some problems finding the baggage hall and kept on getting lost," said 19-year-old South African backpacker, Gerald Neves. "Eventually they had to let us through some secret door."

"Still they were all very friendly and we got an unofficial tour of the place," he said, with a shrug of the shoulders.

Some 200 bags got lost in the fully-automated baggage system long enough to miss their onward flights, Thai Airways officials said.

Delays in getting baggage to arriving passengers were blamed on the slow transfer of loading equipment across a rainswept city from Don Muang airport, which closed in the early hours of Thursday.

"Now they are using a semi-manual system," said Thai Airways president Apinan Sumaneseni, referring to the scores of army cadets assisting with the luggage.

For Bernard Ashford, a British pensioner on a two-week package holiday, it was plain sailing through an airport billed as a serious rival to Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

If every phase of its planned expansion comes to fruition, it will be the largest airport in Asia.

"No problems at all," Ashford said. "We've got everything we set out with."

"GOLDEN LAND"

In the cavernous steel-and-glass departure hall of Suvarnabhumi -- "Golden Land" in Thai -- check-in queues moved steadily, although some passengers were overawed by the size of the world-record 563,000 sq m (6.06 million sq ft) terminal.

"It's just such a big space it made me feel uneasy," said M.S. Mukti, returning to her native Bangladesh after a four-day conference in Bangkok.

With 12 million tourists a year visiting Thailand and aspirations to being a regional trading and meeting centre, successive governments in Bangkok had deemed a replacement for its ageing, single-runway Don Muang airport necessary.

However, it is 40 years since plans for a new airport in "Cobra Swamp", 25 km (15 miles) east of Bangkok, were first drawn up.

Delayed by a succession of military coups and the 1997 Asian financial crisis, it finally came into being under the administration of billionaire Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Ironically, following another military coup last week, Thaksin will only be able to enjoy his pet project from his daughter's flat in London, where he is now living in virtual exile.

If and when he ever returns to Thailand, he is likely to be impressed.

"It looks really nice and checking in was very smooth," said Ron Kirschnick, an American businessman who will not miss the tatty arrival halls of Don Muang, now mothballed.

"Overall, I'd give it a nine or 10 out of 10," he said.

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Old September 28th, 2006, 01:50 PM   #757
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Thailand opens huge new airport

Thousands of passengers have passed through Thailand's new international airport on its opening day.
Despite fears of initial problems, correspondents say the first day seems to be going smoothly, although there are some delays in baggage-handling.

Suvarnabhumi airport was first planned 45 years ago, and completed by recently ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra.

Mr Thaksin was not present at the opening. He is in London, having been overthrown in last week's coup.

Thailand hopes its new airport will boost the country's vital tourist industry, and make Bangkok a regional transport centre to rival Hong Kong and Singapore.

The $4bn airport, the largest in South East Asia, is capable of handling 76 flights per hour and 45 million passengers per year.


The airport boasts the largest passenger terminal in the world
The opening of Suvarnabhumi has been fraught with delays and political interference since it was first planned.

It was an important project for Mr Thaksin's administration, but it was blighted by allegations of corruption during its construction, and claims that it was being opened before it was ready.

There were fears that last week's coup would lead to further delays in opening of the new building.

But the coup leaders were quick to back the airport, which was designed by the architect Helmut Jahn, and the change of government appears to have had little impact on the airport's first day.

Despite some delays in handing baggage, no major problems were reported.

By 0900 (0300 GMT) more than 100 flights had landed and taken off successfully.

"For the first day, it's pretty good. I thought there would be a lot more confusion," Australian tourist Stephen Gordon told the Associated Press.

Suvarnabhumi - which means Golden Land - is about 30km (20 miles) east of Bangkok.

A 28km (17 mile) rail link to connect the airport with central Bangkok is scheduled for completion in November 2007.

Thailand's airport authority says the new building boasts the world's largest single terminal building, at 563,000 sq m, as well as the tallest control tower.

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Old September 28th, 2006, 01:54 PM   #758
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Old September 28th, 2006, 02:00 PM   #759
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GOODBYE DON MUANG

Suvarnabhumi opens today
First flight due at 4.10am, but roofs still leak at airport

AMORNRAT MAHITTHIROOK


A throng of airline staff members, carrying their office equipment, wave goodbye to Don Muang airport yesterday. — PHRAKRIT JUNTAWONG

A large signboard displays emotional farewell messages to Don Muang airport, signed by the general public and passengers in the Thai Airways exhibition. — PHRAKRIT JUNTAWONG

Thai Airways International staff sing a farewell song as they bade goodbye to the Don Muang airport which was closed down yesterday. — TAWATCHAI KEMGUMNERD

The new Suvarnabhumi airport was set to open for full commercial operations at 3am today, amid constant hammering due to the construction of unfinished airport outlets and leaks in the roof. Hours before the official opening there were piles of construction materials and dirty glass windows in the modern building.

Facilities at the airport terminal and a high-speed Internet and phone booth were not functioning.

Earlier on Monday, a Thai Airways International passenger flying back from the South complained that only one water tap in a toilet was running.

The heavily-promoted duty free shop was also not entirely completed.

However, Suvarnabhumi Airport general manager Somchai Sawasdeepon, after inspecting the whole airport, declared it was ready to serve passengers from around the world.

He admitted some roofs were still leaking but said workers had already been ordered to repair them. He expected the problem would not affect the airport service. The luggage conveyor was out of order earlier, but technicians had already fixed it, he said.

Airport officials admitted that part of the decoration work might not be done in time, while Airports of Thailand (AoT) chairman Srisook Chandrangsu said the decoration of some airline offices would not be completed by today.

Despite the problems, AoT executives were set to welcome the first international flight to arrive at the airport at 4.10am this morning.

The first passenger flight, of Ukrainian Aerosvit Airlines, was due to fly into Suvarnabhumi from Kiev at 4.10am. The aircraft was then to turn around and be the first passenger plane to take off from the new airport, going back to Kiev at 5.40am.

After the commercial opening, Mr Srisook said, there could be some flight delays and some passengers might get lost in the huge terminal, but the problems were expected to disappear in two weeks.

Meanwhile, Privy Councillor Surayud Chulanont, chairman of the council of King Mongkut's Institute of Technology at Lat Krabang, asked AoT to help solve problems with noise, vibration and magnetic waves from the airport, which he said would disturb teaching and learning at the institute.

''We need to modify some of the classrooms and buildings to keep the impacts at acceptable levels. The cost [of modifications] has been initially estimated at 214 million baht,'' he said.

www.bangkokpost.net Thursday September 28, 2006
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