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Old July 19th, 2005, 10:52 PM   #61
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Has anyone else been to http://www.suvarnabhumiairport.com/ lately? All their weekly pics from 2005 are missing, and they put up a bunch of outdated ones from 2004. Anyone know what's going on?

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Old July 23rd, 2005, 02:42 AM   #62
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Airport could be delayed a year

AMORNRAT MAHITTHIROOK

Construction work which is behind schedule could delay the opening of Suvarnabhumi airport for a year to September next year at the latest, a source at New Bangkok International Airport Co (NBIA) said yesterday.

Despite promises by Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit to finish construction of all facilities by Sept 29 this year, the source, who is directly involved in the project, was pessimistic that could be achieved.

Construction was likely to last until December, but then another three months would be needed to test system integration and another six more months for virtual operations, the source said.

The construction of an elevated road in front of the airport's terminal has failed to meet its deadline and the builder, S & V Joint Venture of Shimizu Corp and Vichitbhan Construction Co, have been fined 22 million baht.

Other construction jobs which are complicated are also delayed and contractors are putting on extra workers to accelerate their work, according to the source. Unlikely to meet deadlines are a remote aircraft parking area and a cargo parking area that Kampangphet Viwat Construction Co must complete next month. Construction work is only 60% complete.

Initially the government announced Sept 29 this year as the date for the airport in Samut Prakan's Bang Phli district to open. Later it said that date was set for all construction projects to finish.

Srisook Chandrangsu, chairman of Airports of Thailand, the agency supervising NBIA, has already admitted a delay was likely with expectations the airport would open in March next year.

The cost of construction materials had gone up, the same source said. The cost of asphalt, for example, had risen from 5,700 baht a tonne to 10,200 baht per tonne. But Mr Suriya still expected construction to be finished by Sept 29 this year as planned.

One of the tasks to be accelerated was the installation of 26 CTX 9000 bomb scanners, the minister said.

The airport builder, ITO Joint Venture, would have to work together with GE InVision, the supplier, to complete the task by Sept 29, he said.

The direct sale agreement on the detectors was signed on Thursday. Mr Suriya said the ceremony could not be arranged in advance due to a problem with ITO. NBIA reached an agreement with ITO on Wednesday, he said. ITO would be fined 2.5 million baht a day if the consortium could not completely install the scanners by Sept 29. Agreement on that condition was only reached on Wednesday, so there was no time to tell the press about the signing ceremony.

Thawatchai Suthiprapha, the ITO project manager, said the consortium, comprising Italian-Thai Development, Takenaka and Obayashi, would talk to NBIA on Tuesday on the working plan for the scanners and would try to meet deadline.
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Old July 23rd, 2005, 08:40 AM   #63
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too bad, guess all the people that want to use the airport this christmas will have o wait until next year, hopefully it be done next year too and not lagging behind schedule like the phillipine new terminal
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Old July 23rd, 2005, 09:58 AM   #64
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Great pic from Murphy/Jahn......................
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Old July 24th, 2005, 03:33 AM   #65
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I guess better to get the job done right than to rush things and have it messed up. It's gonna be one hell of a nice airport when it's done though.
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Old July 24th, 2005, 06:31 AM   #66
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Nice design.
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Old July 24th, 2005, 02:10 PM   #67
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truely spectacular.................
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Old July 29th, 2005, 04:56 PM   #68
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Airport opening moved back to 'next July at the latest'


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After keeping mum on just how long it would be delayed, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra declared yesterday the opening of Suvarnabhumi international airport would be postponed to no later than July of next year.

The prime minister picked yesterday's visit to the airport in Samut Prakan's Bang Phi district to announce the new schedule.

''After the assessment on the construction progress, the airport can be opened either in June or July 2006 at the latest,'' he said after chairing a committee responsible for the airport, including airport officials and construction firms.

''The delay is common for new airports. They cannot be opened on schedule,'' Mr Thaksin said. The delay has long been expected by officials and building firms given that work is behind schedule. One of the concerns has been the elevated road leading to the airport terminal which will only be completed by Feb 9 of next year, according to the prime minister.

Mr Thaksin had previously set Sept 29 this year as the launch date for the new airport. Then he retracted his statement, saying what he meant was the deadline for all construction jobs to be done.

After inspecting construction at the site, including work inside the terminal, at the concourse and on the conveyor belts for nearly two hours, Mr Thaksin said he was confident a substantial amount of work would be complete by Sept 29, but final touches on details before handing the project over to New Bangkok International Airport Co would take some time afterwards. He also went inside the departure terminal to see the check-in counters and the testing of the conveyor belts.

After the construction, the airport must transfer all systems from Don Muang airport, and it then needs a test-run and approval from the International Civil Aviation Organisation for commercial use.

When most construction projects are finished in the next two months, including runways, Mr Thaksin said he would be one of the passengers on a plane testing a landing on Sept 29 and then lead runners onto the runways in a marathon event to be organised that day.

The New Year countdown would also be held at the new airport, he said.

With the capacity to serve 45 million passengers, Suvarnabhumi, whose construction cost is almost 120 billion baht, will replace Don Muang and is touted to become the aviation hub of Southeast Asia, competing with Singapore, Malaysia and even Hong Kong.

It will be equipped with the controversial CTX 9000 bomb scanners. The first two of the 26 machines are due to arrive today .

Despite the delay, Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit said he was satisfied with the construction progress and said the prime minister had agreed to join monthly talks with airport officials and construction firms to resolve any problems going forward.

Key discussion points during the meeting at the airport site were the rising raw material costs mentioned by construction companies and the payment delay for work related to the luggage bomb detectors, said a source at the talks.

Mr Thaksin refused to help construction firms in terms of easing higher costs, saying they had to honour the agreements they had signed with the airport agency.

Thawatchai Suthiprapha, the project manager of ITO Joint Venture, the consortium building Suvarnabhumi, said he would hold talks with GE InVision on plans to install the CTX machines today.
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Old July 29th, 2005, 05:14 PM   #69
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well.......
another year......................
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Old July 29th, 2005, 06:33 PM   #70
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How many aerobridge gates does the airport have. The masterplan shows only 40 - 50 which is clearly not enough for the an airport that handles 40 million pax a year
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 02:53 AM   #71
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Chainant to make airport a priority

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New Deputy Transport Minister Gen Chainant Charoensiri has pledged to speed up the construction of Suvarnabhumi airport and improve the transportation infrastructure in the deep South.

Gen Chainant, who tendered his resignation as Armed Forces Development Command chief on Monday, said he had initially accepted an offer from Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's for him to help with the airport project and development of the three southernmost provinces because he was highly experienced in that field.

When Mr Thaksin approached him, the prime minister had not said what position he would get, just that the job would be similar to what he had been doing.

``To be deputy transport minister and oversee Nong Ngu Hao [Suvarnabhumi] airport is a difficult task,'' Gen Chainant said. ``But, I'm confident I can do it.

``Working at the Armed Forces Development Command was very tough too. ``It's a surprise because I had never thought about becoming a cabinet member, but it's a good end to my official service.''

The general has developed close ties with the prime minister in the past year, accompanying Mr Thaksin and his team on every trip to the restive South looking at farming development and road projects.

He was a student in pre-cadet school class 5 student and classmate of Supreme Commander Gen Chaisit Shinawatra and former air force commander-in-chief ACM Kongsak Wanthana, and (like ACM Kongsak) was due to retire at the end of September.

It is widely accepted that Gen Chainant's resignation will allow his deputy, Lt-Gen Pornchai Kranlert, also a former pre-cadet school class 10 colleague of Mr Thaksin and tipped for promotion to full general rank in this month's military reshuffle, to step up.

Yesterday, Gen Chainant handed over his duties to Lt-Gen Pornchai. He said he regretted leaving before retirement, but he had a more important job to do and had been preparing Lt-Gen Pornchai to replace him since April.
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 06:32 PM   #72
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30 JULY 2005 : UPDATE








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Old August 3rd, 2005, 07:08 PM   #73
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Simply awesome. Thanks so much for the pics archstudent!

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Old August 3rd, 2005, 07:24 PM   #74
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DRAFT PLAN

This is the draft plan. Note that a few design changes have already been made. e.g. Airport Hotel, Control Tower, Underground Train Station

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Old August 3rd, 2005, 07:37 PM   #75
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Old August 9th, 2005, 12:46 AM   #76
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Thailand's Suvarnabhumi Airport Expected to Open by July 2006

BANGKOK, Aug 8 Asia Pulse - Bangkok's new international airport is expected to begin commercial operation by July 2006, the government said Friday.

The multi-billion-baht Suvarnabhumi Airport, which was initially slated to open this year, aims to establish Thailand as an air transport hub in Southeast Asia.

Located east of Bangkok in Bang Phli District, Suvarnabhumi will replace Bangkok's current international airport, commonly known as Don Muang Airport.

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra recently pushed for the acceleration of the project saying the construction of the airport had been placed on the national agenda, according to a government statement.

The Prime Minister said the sooner the airport was completed, the sooner the country would benefit from its huge investment in the project.

More than Bt155 billion (US$3.76 billion) has been invested in the new airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport said last month.

The Prime Minister said the airport's passenger terminal complex, runways, and other major construction projects will be completed by 29 September, 2005, when Thai Airways International (SET:THAI) will land the first aircraft on the main eastern runway on a trial basis.

When completed, Suvarnabhumi Airport will be one of the most modern airports in the world, providing services for a large capacity of passengers and cargo.

Suvarnabhumi said it will accommodate up to 100 million passengers a year, 112 flights an hour, and more than six million tons of cargo.
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Old August 9th, 2005, 05:52 PM   #77
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yeah...sad news!
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Old August 10th, 2005, 12:41 AM   #78
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it looks awesome upclose!

but it looks kind of frail, and stickly from far above.

but it is still freakin excellent
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Old August 10th, 2005, 03:40 AM   #79
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Authorities deny big runway cracks

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Transport authorities strongly deny any runway at Suvarnabhumi airport has a serious crack and insist there are only minor cracks which are part of the construction process.

Representatives of the Engineering Institute of Thailand have inspected the airport and they back the authorities.

At Government House yesterday, Transport Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal confirmed that there were only cracks on runway shoulders that engineers had made to fill with asphalt to prevent cracks in the concrete runway surface when adjoining new taxi-ways are built in the future.

The transport minister also quoted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as denying in the cabinet meeting yesterday that he had invited a team of US experts to examine any cracks on the runways of the new airport.

The report about serious cracks was untrue and New Bangkok International Airport Co (NBIA) would check where the report came from, Mr Pongsak said.

``Rumours are released to make foreigners lose confidence in our airport. As our airport is close to completion, rumours are released to delay the airport,'' said the minister.

Somchai Sawasdeepon, senior executive vice-president of Airports of Thailand Plc, explained yesterday that the construction process of the first two runways at Suvarnabhumi airport had been standard from the first stage of the ground improvement nine years ago.

He said as the airport was being built on a swampy land plot, sand and gravel were dumped on the old soil to press water out of it. The pressing process took a year and a half and the old soil subsided by 1.50m. Afterwards, runways, taxi-ways and aircraft parking lots were built on the soil.

Recently, more ground improvement work took place next to the West Runway to prepare for construction of the third runway and additional taxi-ways to be completed in the next four to five years. The same pressing process was repeated and naturally caused the minor cracks on the shoulder of the West Runway. The effect was expected and acceptable and would not affect the West Runway at all, Mr Somchai said.

The additional ground improvement was being carried out so that the West Runway would not have to be closed in order to pave the way for future runway and taxi-way expansion, he said.
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Old August 12th, 2005, 02:00 AM   #80
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THAI PRESS: New Bangkok Airport To Start Ops In June
9 August 2005

BANGKOK (Dow Jones)--The new Bangkok International Airport Suvarnabhumi is expected to commence commercial operation in June next year, nine months behind its original schedule, The Nation reports, citing Deputy Transport Minister Chaiyanan Charoensiri.

The new airport was initially planned to open on September 28, but many of the projects have been delayed, particularly the installation of bomb-detecting baggage scanners, the paper says.

Alleged corruption in the purchase of the scanners has led to a parliamentary no-confidence motion against former Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit, who survived the debate but was replaced in the latest cabinet reshuffle last week.

Newspaper Web site: http://www.nationmultimedia.com
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