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Old September 12th, 2008, 09:44 AM   #1261
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Old September 14th, 2008, 11:43 PM   #1262
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Suvarnabhumi plan approved

Bangkokpost 26/08/2008


The long-awaited expansion of Suvarnabhumi Airport has been set in motion now that Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) has agreed to proceed with the 78-billion-baht programme.


The majority state-owned and SET-listed airport operator's board last Friday endorsed the Phase 2 development and will soon seek final consent from the Transport Ministry and the cabinet.


The expansion, which was supposed to have begun shortly after the airport opened in September 2006, would increase the passenger handling capacity of Thailand's gateway airport by 33%, to 60 million in the next six years from 45 million currently.


Kulya Pakakrong, AoT's senior executive vice-president, said yesterday that the expansion would deal with the crowding problem at the airport which is now operating close to its capacity.


The expansion involves building a midfield terminal and a third runway.


AoT's decision comes at the time when the airline industry is facing a severe downturn with a marked slowdown in traffic and ballooning operating costs, all triggered by skyrocketing fuel prices.


But it responds to the airline industry's longstanding call for AoT to deal with the congestion that had inconvenienced airlines and passengers alike.


The industry has warned that Suvarnabhumi was losing out to rival airports in Southeast Asia, namely Singapore Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), as the region's preferred air hubs due to its restricted capacity and high service fees.


Mrs Kulya insisted that the possible excess capacity at the airport resulting from the expansion was not an issue as AoT was still seeing traffic growth through Suvarnabhumi.


''Suvarnabhumi's traffic is on course with projections for 6.5% annual growth in the near term, 5.5% in the medium term and 4% long-term,'' she said.


But according to AoT figures, passenger traffic through Suvarnabhumi grew just 1.94% year-on-year in the first half of this year to 21.21 million.


AoT aims to call a tender for the airport expansion work next year and hopes to be able to start construction by the end of 2009.


About 33 billion baht of the estimated project cost would come from loans from the Japan Bank for International Co-operation (JBIC), which was a major lender for the phase-one project that cost 155 billion baht.


Mrs Kulya said AoT had already contracted a consulting company to conduct an environmental impact study for the expansion project. It will hold public hearings to explain plans to mitigate noise pollution resulting from the increased air traffic.


AOT shares closed yesterday on the Stock Exchange of Thailand at 38.50 baht, unchanged, in trade worth 5.5 million baht.


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Old September 15th, 2008, 12:05 AM   #1263
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AoT seeks to resolve King Power row

Bangkokpost 12/09/2008


The Airports of Thailand (AoT) board will attempt to negotiate with the King Power International Group to stop legal action after agreeing again yesterday that its original Suvarnabhumi airport contracts were acceptable. The board held a closed-door meeting yesterday and reaffirmed the two contracts entered into with King Power did not come under the Public-Private Joint Venture Act, which requires approval from the National Economic and Social Development Board and in-depth scrutiny for contracts valued at more than one billion baht, a source said.


AoT's previous board under the Surayud government ordered King Power to cease operations at the airport after allegations it broke the contracts by claiming more space than it was allowed.


The board resolved to cancel the two contracts, saying they were illegal because they were not screened under the Public-Private Joint Venture Act.


King Power retaliated with a 68.9-billion-baht civil lawsuit.


The source said the board yesterday concluded King Power's investment in commercial area and duty-free development at Suvarnabhumi were valued at less than one billion baht each.


The meeting confirmed the company exceeded its contracted commercial space, but not by as much as an investigation headed by former police chief Pratin Santiprabhop found during the Gen Surayud administration.


The 10-year lease allotted 5,000 square metres to the duty-free shops and 20,000sq m for commercial areas.


The duty-free shops now occupy 10,080sq m. Pol Gen Pratin's team quoted 11,820sq m. The commercial areas cover 21,000sq m, while Pol Gen Pratin put them at 28,000sq m. The source attributed the sharp drop to King Power's removal of outlets which blocked fire exits.
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Old September 16th, 2008, 11:37 PM   #1264
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Old September 17th, 2008, 10:29 AM   #1265
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I have been to Thailand 2 years ago for exchange student in Bangkok 6 monthes so since I visited Bangkok last time the airport just open about 6 monthes....I like to be back there if I will got chance.Anyway the airport look really wonderful and a lot better than KL airport in many way in my opinion like the design,culture matching inside airport and 24 shop and shopping area.....Hope to visit again and see my Thai friends overthere.....cheers:
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Old September 23rd, 2008, 07:14 AM   #1266
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Old September 29th, 2008, 02:04 PM   #1267
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AoT aims to put Suvarnabhumi in airports' 'top 10' internationally


BANGKOK, Sept 29 (TNA) – Airports of Thailand (AoT) says it will promote Suvarnabhumi Airport as one of the world's top ten international airports in terms of outstanding service within the coming year.

Speaking on the occasion of the second anniversary of the airport's opening, AoT acting president Serirat Prasutanont said more than 80 million people had used the service in the past two years.

Of this, 41.9 million are passengers traveling during October 2006-September 2007 and 38.5 million during October 2007-August 2008.

It is expected the number of passengers this year will reach 41.14 million at the end of this month.

He said that air cargo services during the past two years totaled 2.42 million tonnes, with 1.2 million tonnes
registered in the first year.

It projected air cargo through the end of this fiscal year would total 1.29 million tonnes.

One hundred eleven airlines currently serve Suvarnabhumi, 97 as passenger airlines and 14 carrying cargo.

During the third year of operations, Mr. Serirat said AoT planned to improve design and utility of luggage
wheels at the airport to meet international standards.

It would also increase the number of closed-circuit television (CCTV) monitors by 755 from the 1,074 now installed as part of a concerted effort to boost security measures both inside and outside passenger buildings.

"We have targeted making Suvarnabhumi Airport one of the world's top ten airports with outstanding services in 2009," he said. (TNA)
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Old October 7th, 2008, 08:10 AM   #1268
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Old October 8th, 2008, 07:27 PM   #1270
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Many stunning pictures from this magnificant Airport! Thanks for posting them!
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Old October 19th, 2008, 01:18 PM   #1271
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Old October 28th, 2008, 08:46 AM   #1272
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My favourate airport,super sexy,so clean and airy.
I hope Cape Town after its expansion looks more like this

Better than Hong Kong and Singapore(clean but dated design) and definately dubai(those people all over the floor and the worst ground staff) , all of which ive travelled too.
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Old October 31st, 2008, 06:23 PM   #1273
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Old October 31st, 2008, 06:35 PM   #1274
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Old October 31st, 2008, 06:48 PM   #1275
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Old November 2nd, 2008, 05:25 PM   #1278
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The airport design is mind blowing,\i love the way it has got a lot of glass which makes it bright in the afternoon inside the terminal but I personally think during the night with the blue lights on top it is not sufficient inside the terminal\9just guessing from the photos)....but all in all it looks fabulous.....
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Old November 20th, 2008, 02:24 PM   #1279
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Passenger use at Suvarnabhumi down 0.1%, flights fall 2.8% Jan-Sept


BANGKOK, Nov 16 (TNA) -- Record high oil prices during the first half of 2008, coupled with a rise in the number of international flights going directly to
international airports upcountry and political turbulence in Thailand had reduced the number of passengers as well as the volume of air freight transport at Suvarnabhumi International Airport between January-September 2008, according to a report issued by the Kasikorn Research Center.

The report said about 30.6 million passengers used services at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport in the first nine months of this year, down 0.1 per cent from the same period last year.

During the same period, about 190,830 flights landed or departed from the airport, a decline of about 2.8 per cent, while air freight increased 3.5 per cent to some one million tonnes (some 956,000 tonnes), the report said.

Worries over the global financial crisis are projected to lower the number of passengers using the airport overall in 2008 to about 41.2 million, down 2 per cent from last year, the report said.

In 2009, the number of passengers is estimated to drop to between 38.8-40.4 million, a decline of between 2-4 per cent, due to the expected fall in the number of foreign tourists visiting the kingdom and international flights flying directly to other international airports in the country, it said.

Regarding the second phase of Suvarnabhumi's expansion, about Bt77.89 billion will be invested and on completion, its capacity to cater to passengers will be increased to about 60 million annually compared to 45 million now.

Construction is expected to start next year and complete in 2014. It is expected that the airport could cater to an increased number of passengers until 2018 following completion of the expansion programme. (TNA)
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Old November 21st, 2008, 10:31 AM   #1280
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Airport traffic keeps falling in October

Bangkokpost 20/11/2008


Passenger traffic and flight movements through Thailand's six main airports shrank more than 11% in October, reflecting the downturn in the country's travel and tourism industry. Passenger flows through airports operated by Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) including Suvarnabhumi last month totalled 4.23 million, 11.29% lower than in the same period last year.


Flight movements fell 11.57% year-on-year to 29,365, while freight throughput slipped 9.56% to 107,129 tonnes, according to figures compiled by AoT.


But the rate of contraction in October was less steep than the 20% drop in passenger numbers seen in September, a four-year low, which was partly a response to the prevailing political unrest at the time.


The approach of high-season travel and lower ticket costs resulting from the reduction of fuel surcharges seemed to help arrest the contraction rate, industry analysts said.


Air traffic through Thailand has been facing a double whammy _ the slowdown in global travel demand triggered by worldwide economic recession and the deteriorating political standoff in Thailand.


Passenger traffic in September fell 20.2% year-on-year to 3.47 million while aircraft movements shrank 15.8% to 26,832 and cargo contracted 8.75% to 107,909 tonnes.


However, figures for cumulative January-October passenger traffic remained positive with 1.3% growth over the same period year to 47.20 million, though total flight movements fell 2.7% to 319,638 and freight rose 2.8% to 1.12 million tonnes.


The passenger traffic outlook through Thai airports in the coming months is cloudy as the recession deepens, and a further contraction in the last two months of the year cannot be ruled out.
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