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Old April 25th, 2008, 09:59 AM   #1221
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I had a stopover at this airport and it was nice. Didn't see too much though.
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Old May 4th, 2008, 11:17 AM   #1222
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@Another view of suvarnabhumi airport







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Old May 4th, 2008, 08:14 PM   #1223
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wowwwwww!!
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Old May 5th, 2008, 01:36 AM   #1224
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Stunning pictures of this beautiful Airport. I have not visited this one yet, but it sure looks very promising. If it is already crawling up to the maximum designed capacity, then they better start the work on the second phase!
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Old May 7th, 2008, 03:33 AM   #1225
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Have the issues with the cracks/ruts in the runways and aprons been resolved, and has this airport been awarded an international safty certificate yet?
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Old May 10th, 2008, 09:05 PM   #1226
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Old May 15th, 2008, 03:23 PM   #1227
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Traffic up at new Bangkok airport

BANGKOK, May 15, 2008 (AFP) - The number of passengers flying through Bangkok's new international airport rose 9.6 percent in the first quarter, operator Airports of Thailand (AOT) said Thursday.

About 11.3 million people flew international and domestic flights through Suvarnabhumi Airport in the first three months of the year, up 9.6 percent from the same period last year, AOT said in a statement.

But domestic passenger traffic alone plunged 35.8 percent to 2.0 million people, because 40 percent of domestic flights were moved to the ageing Don Mueang Airport, which was briefly shut after Suvarnabhumi opened.

Air traffic at the new airport increased by 4.2 percent to 67,032 flights on 111 airlines. Cargo traffic was up 5.6 percent to 321,041 tonnes.
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Old May 20th, 2008, 01:03 PM   #1228
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AOT: “2nd phase expansion of Suvarnabhumi airport starts soon”

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AOT: “2nd phase expansion of Suvarnabhumi airport starts soon”

A continued increase in passenger numbers and air traffic at the Suvarnabhumi International has prompted authorities to consider the expansion of this 1.5 year-old airport.

Airports of Thailand (AOT) Senior Specialist, Somchai Sawasdeepon, said that because of a sharp increase in the number of passengers and airlines using the Suvarnabhumi International concerned authorities are now ready to implement the second phase of construction to enlarge the airport.

Somchai said more than 42 million passengers used facilities at the airport in 2007 while its full capacity is at 45 million.

And as the chairman of a working committee responsible for solving noise pollution at Suvarnabhumi airport, Somchai stressed that AOT would speed solving noise pollution at the airport and prepare for the phase-two construction.

He added that a referendum on noise pollution from people living near the airport would be held before the construction begins.
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Old May 20th, 2008, 01:07 PM   #1229
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BKK Expansion Plans: 3rd Runway & Domestic Terminal

B73bn plan to expand airport

Suvarnabhumi to keep on growing until 2013

AMORNRAT MAHITTHIROOK


Santi: Two projects to start this year
The Transport Ministry is pushing ahead with a second-phase expansion of Suvarnabhumi airport with 10 projects worth 73 billion baht.

Plans to expand the 1.5-year-old airport were raised at yesterday's meeting between Transport Minister Santi Prompat and representatives from Airports of Thailand (AoT) and the Civil Aviation Department.

Mr Santi said that at least two projects out of 10 under the scheme will be implemented this year. They are the construction of the third runway and hiring of the Project Management Consultant group (PMC).

The other projects which include the construction of an automated people mover, car park and a noise pollution reduction scheme will be implemented over five years.

Mr Santi said the meeting agreed that construction of a domestic terminal at Suvarnabhumi should proceed without waiting for the second phase.

The second domestic terminal, which would cost six billion baht, should relieve passenger traffic at the main terminal, he said.

A source said that under the original second-phase expansion scheme, five or six projects were planned, with an estimated cost of five billion baht.

The expansion scheme was put on hold by the interim Surayud Chulanont administration to save money. As a stop-gap measure, it decided to make further use of Don Mueang airport, which was closed after the opening of the new airport.

Don Mueang airport, closed in late September 2006, was partially reopened in March 2007 to accommodate non-connecting flights and alleviate traffic at Suvarnabhumi airport.

It had been expected that the use of Don Mueang would help absorb traffic and prolong the necessity to expand Suvarnabhumi. But the present government has decided to go ahead with expanding the new airport.

The source said the expansion scheme also sent a signal that the government was ready to close Don Mueang airport.

Mr Santi said yesterday the expansion scheme, which would be undertaken from 2008-2013, would enable Suvarnabhumi airport to serve 60 million passengers a year _ an increase from its present capacity of 45 million passengers a year.

He said the AoT would fund the expansion projects, adding that it has earned more than 10 billion baht from the management of Suvarnabhumi airport.

Civil Aviation Department chief Chaisak Angsuwan said the third runway will be equipped with an auto-landing system which is considered the safest which the aviation industry has to offer.

With an auto-landing system, aircraft could land even in low visibility conditions, said Mr Chaisak.

Runway safety is measured on a scale of one to three, three being the safest. Runways at regional airports are rated Category 1 while runways at Don Mueang and the existing runways at Suvarnabhumi are rated Category 2.

He said the department has also been assigned to survey land plots on the eastern side of the airport to accommodate the expansion project.
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Old May 21st, 2008, 11:15 AM   #1230
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good to know that the expansion is coming soon
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Old May 23rd, 2008, 03:40 AM   #1231
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I was there two weeks ago. The airport functions very smoothly now. As for appearance, the departures level is absolutely beautiful and majestic while the arrivals level is grim and barren looking - bare concrete, low ceilings, and exposed fluorescent lighting everywhere.
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Old May 23rd, 2008, 09:29 PM   #1232
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Great news about the expansion!
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Old May 24th, 2008, 04:59 AM   #1233
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Based on what is happening with airlines costs, is the expansion essential?
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Old May 30th, 2008, 07:18 PM   #1234
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I've been to the airport just a couple of weeks ago.

It puzzles me that the security check is not performed immediately after immigration but near boarding gates. This arrangement cuts shopping/dining time in the airport and requires more manpower due to less effective load sharing.

I know this was also the case for the old airport, but why don't they take the opportunity to change it. Can anybody explain?
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Old May 31st, 2008, 07:47 AM   #1235
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I guess this system makes security screening stricter and more comprehensive. Cos u'll never know what may happen inside the transit area.

Changi Airport also adopts this method.
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Old May 31st, 2008, 08:11 AM   #1236
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this airport must had cost alot we dun have alot of steel

what we have is concrete
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Old June 1st, 2008, 10:20 AM   #1237
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Some shot @ Suvarnabhumi airport

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Old June 1st, 2008, 04:38 PM   #1238
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Since I'll be visiting Suvarnabhumi early July, (it's my favourite Southeast Asian airport in terms of architecture), I was wondering if is it worth to do any duty free shopping in the transit area?

Also, I'll be leaving Suvarnabhumi on July 6 evening, is there any advice, things to take note since it'll be my first visit to this airport and I heard so many bad things about the airport..

Thanks in advance,
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Old June 1st, 2008, 08:04 PM   #1239
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no need to worry. i have nothing but praise for the airport.

i ve used it 3 times over a period of 1 years, and so far no problem, including one that involved a very tight transit connection (i think it was 30 minutes apart between my two flights).

People have been overly critical over the airport. You only see what U want to see. If U fly in with bad expectation, chances are it will turn out that way because our mind often tries very hard to justify its own pre-conceived notions.

Meanwhile, it doesn't hurt to visit the airport website and take note on the terminal layout. I did that every time I need to fly in to an airport that I m not familiar with.
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 09:51 AM   #1240
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Anyone knows where I can book a dayroom at Louis Tavern (inside the tranist area)? I will be at the airport for 6 hours and want to take a shower and a couple hours sleep.
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