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Old August 25th, 2007, 08:34 PM   #1181
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There were a lot of complaints about this airport, is it getting any better?
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Old August 26th, 2007, 01:13 PM   #1182
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actually it's not that bad
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Old August 29th, 2007, 07:26 AM   #1183
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unfortunately not what I heard, I had a group of friends flying to Bangkok and yes, the architecture is quite neat but shoddy work, confusing signages and poor baggage handling. This airport got a lotta fix up to do but I'm sure it'll get better.
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Old August 29th, 2007, 09:03 AM   #1184
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That's why I said it's not THAT bad...
still got problems, like any other airports..
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Old August 29th, 2007, 07:22 PM   #1185
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architecturally........it's a masterpiece.....i like it.....
but yes there are somethings i wish they could change.........
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Old August 31st, 2007, 05:56 AM   #1186
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I had few complains about Suvarnabhumi on recent trip to Thailiand ..

The single greatest feature is ALL the airlines - domestic, budget & international service from the one central checkin terminal - so no confusion or stress of rushing when transferring from a local Air Asia flight over to an international .. unheard of for a major international airport !?

- Immigration was slowish but not unbearable.
- No problems with toliets or other facilities
- Lots of amenities in fairly convenient reach.

Overall very happy with it.
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Old August 31st, 2007, 08:56 AM   #1187
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architecturally........it's a masterpiece.....i like it.....
but yes there are somethings i wish they could change.........
I agree with the architectural masterpiece but these kinds of architecture is becoming the norm for post-modern airports.

Asia and Europe has some of the best designed airports.
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Old September 1st, 2007, 02:46 AM   #1188
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That's why I said it's not THAT bad...
still got problems, like any other airports..
all airports have 'minor' problems here and there but not 'major' ones that cause passengers their time and comfort...like the toilets, need more of that and working ones! and baggage handling...what's the excuse? the airport is cutting edge and super brand new and supposedly high tech..I mean baggage took forever! at least referring to this one particular flight..
other than that the airport is 'comfortable' and indeed a masterpiece except the canvas roof...don't quite keep the heat away..
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 01:15 AM   #1189
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Airbus A-380 in Bangkok and Chiangmai,Thailand .... sep 2,2007

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport




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Chiangmai Northern Thailand....Chiangmai International Airport



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Old September 3rd, 2007, 01:27 AM   #1190
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thats what i call and international airport, amazing style.
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 01:43 AM   #1191
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 03:33 AM   #1192
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thanks for the amazing pictures, great capture.
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 10:00 PM   #1193
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Very beautiful airport.

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Old October 23rd, 2007, 07:03 AM   #1194
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Jetstar considering Bangkok as Asian hub
23 October 2007
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Jetstar Airways, the budget carrier wholly owned by Australia's Qantas Group, is weighing Bangkok against four other Asian cities as its potential regional hub for planned long-haul flights to Europe.

It is also considering Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City as its intermediate hub to carry passengers from Australia onward to Europe and back.

Jetstar wants an Asian hub as it strives to expand scheduled services to five European cities, including Athens, Rome, Paris, Munich, Amsterdam and Milan, Bruce Buchanan, a group general manager at Jetstar said in Bangkok yesterday.

The high aircraft turnaround charges imposed at Suvarnabhumi Airport, which are twice as much as at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Singapore's Changi Airport, are an obstacle for Jetstar making Bangkok its Asian hub, he said.

However, discussions on a possible reduction in airport costs with Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT), which operates Suvarnabhumi along with five other major Thai airports, have been going on for months.

"We need to make sure that if we operated out of Bangkok to Europe, Bangkok offers as competitive a proposition as Kuala Lumpur and Changi," he said.

Jetstar is looking at airport costs as it looks to compete with other budget carriers that offer long-haul services from Asia to Europe, such as Malaysia's AirAsia X.

KLIA and Changi have lower airport costs because both operate terminals dedicated to low-cost carriers. Jetstar is trying to convince AoT that the economic benefits Jetstar passengers would bring to Thailand would be far greater than the concessions AoT would provide to the airline.

Nevertheless, Bangkok does offer several positive advantages for Jetstar. It's closer to Europe, can facilitate Jetstar's long-haul and short-haul operations and can house Jetstar's international crew, which involves more than 100 cabin attendants, he added.

Jetstar flies three times a week between Melbourne and Bangkok and three times per week on the Sydney-Phuket routes. Its sister carrier, Singapore-based Jetstar Asia, operates two daily Singapore-Bangkok flights and six weekly flights between Singapore and Phuket.

The Jetstar executive said the airline would need to make a decision on where it will place its Asian hub in December this year.

Mr Buchanan did not expect AoT to make a quick decision on a potential discount.

"If not (Bangkok), we start somewhere else. But that does not mean that we are not going to operate through Bangkok (for European routes) in the future," he said.

Jetstar originally planned to begin offering its two-stage international long-haul service from Australia to southern Europe through the Asian hub late next year, but the six-month delay in the delivery of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft will push the launch back to around mid-2009.
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Old November 17th, 2007, 01:51 PM   #1195
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Old November 18th, 2007, 01:44 PM   #1196
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the lightning is very bad.....and the whole interior is very dull.....the exterior is superb though...it seems that this airport has to work harder to be the regional hub...and to compete with the neighbouring countries airports....
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Old November 20th, 2007, 11:26 AM   #1197
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the lightning is very bad.....and the whole interior is very dull.....the exterior is superb though...it seems that this airport has to work harder to be the regional hub...and to compete with the neighbouring countries airports....


I think the lighting is OK. Besides, Bangkok is already the regional aviation hub.
Consider from how many passengers at BKK, SG and KL airports.
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Old November 21st, 2007, 02:38 PM   #1198
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Noise-weary Thais want Bangkok airport shut at night

BANGKOK, Nov 21, 2007 (AFP) - Residents living near Bangkok's year-old Suvarnabhumi Airport -- hailed as a 24-hour-hub -- on Wednesday appealed to a Thai court to shut the airport down at night because of noise pollution.

The Administrative Court accepted the petition from representatives of about 1,700 households, and will now consider whether to order the airport authority to temporarily suspended flights from 10.00 pm to 5.00 am.

"We have to seek the court's protection after negotiations with officials for financial compensation have not made any progress," said Wanchart Manathamsombut, a leader of the affected residents.

"We want all flights to be suspended during that time until those seriously affected by the airport's loud noise have finished their relocation out of the area," he told AFP.

Residents living near the airport have demanded compensation to help pay for the soundproofing of their homes or eventual relocation to other areas.

Wanchart said that compensation could run into billions of baht (millions of dollars), and added that the court was expected to rule early next week.

An airport official said that about 150 flights every day, mainly to the United States, would be affected if the court ruled in favor of the residents.

Suvarnabhumi International Airport was opened to much fanfare in September 2006, but the three-billion-dollar facility has been plagued by problems ranging from cracks in the runways to complaints about safety and sanitation.
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Old November 27th, 2007, 06:06 PM   #1199
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Thai Airways Offers To Invest In New Terminal At Suvarnabhumi
27 November 2007

BANGKOK (Dow Jones)-- Thai Airways International PCL (THAI.TH) has offered to help Airports of Thailand PCL (AOT.TH) build a new passenger terminal at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport to accommodate the growing numbers of travelers.

The national carrier's offer comes as opposition mounts against AOT's plan to relieve pressure on Suvarnabhumi by basing some international airlines at Bangkok's old Don Muang airport.

Moving some international flights to Don Muang would allow AOT to delay new investment in Suvarnabhumi for several years. The company has limited investment capacity due to its hefty debt.

"If AOT has financial constraint investing in the new terminal, Thai Airways is ready to invest or co-invest with AOT to construct the new terminal, which will be used solely by Thai Airways and other Star Alliance members," the airline's president Apinan Sumanaseni told reporters Tuesday.

State controlled AOT estimates that the expansion of Suvarnabhumi, including the construction of its third runway, would cost THB67 billion ($2 billion) and boost annual passenger capacity to 54 million from 45 million now.

AOT's board has yet to approve the expansion, which hinges on whether Don Muang, now serving as a domestic hub, can also take international flights.

The decision on Don Muang is due from AOT's board by December and the government has said it would sign off on a proposal within its current term. A general election is slated for Dec. 23.

Many airlines are strongly opposed to Bangkok having two international airports as it would greatly inconvenience passengers. The two airports are a long distance apart and there is no fast and reliable mass transit system linking them.

"It is crucial for Bangkok to have only one international airport," said Apinan. "The best solution is to develop Suvarnabhumi to allow the airport to meet its full potential."
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Old November 29th, 2007, 08:38 AM   #1200
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Thai Airways union opposes reopening old airport to foreign flights

BANGKOK, Nov 27, 2007 (AFP) - The Thai Airways Union said Tuesday it was against a move to bring international flights back to Bangkok's old airport, warning it could dent the country's ambitions to be a regional aviation hub.

The 14,000-strong union was responding to a proposal by Airports of Thailand to allow three budget carriers to operate foreign flights at the nearly century-old Don Mueang airport.

"As the country's flag carrier, Thai Airways has heavily invested in facilities at Suvarnabhumi Airport," it said in a letter to the army-backed government.

"To upgrade Don Mueang as an international airport will benefit (budget carrier) Thai AirAsia, which will use Don Muaeng as a hub without having to make any investment," the letter said.

"Don Mueang should handle only charter flights," it said.

Bangkok's sparkling Suvarnabhumi Airport opened in September 2006 to replace the old airport.

With capacity to handle 45 million passengers a year, Thailand has hoped Suvarnabhumi would establish Bangkok as Southeast Asia's pre-eminent air hub.

But Don Mueang reopened to domestic flights in March 2007 in a bid to ease traffic at Suvarnabhumi.

Airports of Thailand said Monday it hoped to see three budget carriers -- the kingdom's largest discount airline Thai AirAsia, Nok Airlines and One-Two-Go -- resuming foreign flights at Don Mueang.

But the union of Thai Airways International argued the government should first "fully develop Suvarnabhumi" to allow it to handle more passengers and operate only one airport as a regional hub.
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