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Old December 30th, 2008, 10:50 AM   #1341
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Suvarnabhumi Airport braces for year-end spike

The Nation Published: 30/12/2008 at 12:00 AM


Nearly one million passengers are expected pass through Suvarnabhumi airport during the current holiday season, signalling a recovery from the late-November airport closure that threatened to curb arrivals to Thailand.


Airports of Thailand Plc has estimated the number of people passing through Bangkok's main airport between Dec 25 and Jan 5 at 980,000, or 82,000 a day.

The figure is still nearly 20% under the daily average of about 100,000 registered in the same 2007 year-end period.

But AoT believes passenger traffic is recovering faster than expected, at least for the holiday season, though concerns persist about the impact of the global economic crisis and domestic political tensions after the holiday season ends.

Travel and tourism industry leaders believe the eight-day closure of Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports by the anti-government People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) between Nov 26 and Dec 2 may prove to have been the decisive factor tipping Thailand into recession.

The majority state-owned AoT estimated that 787,000 of the passengers using Suvarnabhumi during the 12-day peak holiday period were international and the rest domestic travellers.

International passenger traffic for the current season is 18% lower than in the previous period while the domestic total is 12% less, AoT acting president Serirat Prasutanond said yesterday.

Airlines are putting about 660 flights a day through the airport during the period, 448 international and 172 domestic, he said.

A total of 24 airlines operating scheduled or charter services have requested 277 additional flights, 175 international and 102 domestic flights, to cater for the surging demand.

Suvarnabhumi's passenger traffic in November contracted 26.05% year-on-year to 2.6 million, due to the double impact of the global travel slowdown and the airport shutdown.

Passenger traffic from January to November for Suvarnabhumi shrank 3.17% year-on-year to 36.25 million.

Passenger traffic through Suvarnabhumi for all of 2008 is expected to be close to last year's level, at about 41 million, against the airport's capacity of 45 million a year, according to Mr Serirat.
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Old January 12th, 2009, 08:45 PM   #1342
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Thai approves suvarnabhumi

By The Nation Published on January 13, 2009


The private sector agrees with the government's policy of making Suvarnabhumi Airport the sole commercial airport to pave the way for becoming a regional aviation hub.


Speaking at a workshop yesterday entitled "Rehabilitation and Development of Thailand's Air Transport into a Regional Aviation Hub", Chokchai Panyayong, vice president for project development at Thai Airways International (THAI), said his airline agreed with the government's single-airport policy, because it would help airline operators reduce costs.


He said THAI now flew out of both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports, which entailed higher operational costs for the company.


The higher costs are transferred to passengers.


Meanwhile, Airline Operators Committee chairman Chaiwat Nawarat said to restore confidence in the airport, the government must prosecute those responsible for closing it late last November.


"All groups threatening to close the airport in the future must be dealt with in accordance with the law," he said.


Chaiwat said air bookings had dropped 30 per cent for incoming passengers as a result of the 10-day closure of both of Bangkok's airports.


Passenger numbers, especially from Japan and South Korea, have not yet rebounded.


The workshop was presided over by Transport Minister Sophon Saram at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Airline operators, related aviation businesses and state agencies participated.


Sophon said Airports of Thailand would review comments regarding improvements in its aviation services.


He expects that to take about a month and will call another meeting afterwards.
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Old January 19th, 2009, 08:23 AM   #1343
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Air travel falls 4.8% PAD protests take big toll in December

Bangkokpost Published: 19/01/2009 at 12:00 AM


Thailand's six main airports including Suvarnabhumi finished 2008 with a 4.81% year-on-year contraction in passengers as the economic crisis and domestic political turmoil took their toll.


The total of 54.4 million passengers was down from 57.15 million in 2007, as the US sub-prime crisis and spiking oil prices affected demand.

But political tensions and the closure of Bangkok's two airports by the People's Alliance for Democracy between Nov 25 and Dec 3 were the final blow.

Airports of Thailand (AoT), which operates the six airports, reported December passengers at all airports fell 36% year-on-year to 3.51 million, led by Suvarnabhumi with a 37.6% fall to 2.35 million. International passengers in December through Suvarnabhumi fell 40.54% to 1.85 million as foreign tourists avoided Thailand. Domestic numbers fell 23.62% to 494,897.

Flight movements through Suvarnabhumi contracted 25.3% in December and 6.07% for the full year to 245,719.

With the exceptions of Don Mueang and Phuket, the three other AoT-operated airports showed contractions in 2008. Phuket, the country's second busiest airport, recorded a marginal 0.46% increase, as international numbers rose 10% to 2.4 million while domestic travel fell 5.48% to 3.21 million.

The figures underlined the resort island's attractiveness to international tourists from the perspective of a full year. But it was not immune from the effect of the Bangkok airport closures as December's numbers fell 19.8% from the same month in 2007 to 483,981.

The South's security issues continued to reduce passenger traffic at Hat Yai, and international flyers dropped 74.9% in 2008 to 20,090 while domestic numbers shrank 3.46% to 1.26 million, resulting on total passengers slipping 7.57% to 1.28 million for the year.

Though Chiang Rai has international airport status, almost all passenger throughput last year was domestic with a total of 682,146, down 9.6%.
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Old January 21st, 2009, 11:07 PM   #1344
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Old January 23rd, 2009, 08:47 PM   #1345
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Old January 24th, 2009, 05:59 AM   #1346
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I read on Airliners.net and Airlineroute.blogspot that Thai Airways will move out from Don Mueang to Suvarnabhumi once the "second phase" expansion is completed.

What is the "second phase" expansion, what does it consist of?
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Old January 24th, 2009, 04:43 PM   #1347
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I read on Airliners.net and Airlineroute.blogspot that Thai Airways will move out from Don Mueang to Suvarnabhumi once the "second phase" expansion is completed.

What is the "second phase" expansion, what does it consist of?
Development Plan of Suvarnabhumi Airport Phase 2
Attn: President, The Stock Exchange of Thailand
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Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited

(AOT) held the Board of Directors Meeting

No.16/2008 on Friday, 22 August 2008 at AOT

Board of Directors Meeting Room, 7th Floor, AOT

Head Office Building. AOT Board of Directors has

resolved to approve of the Development Plan of

Suvarnabhumi Airport (SA) Phase 2 (fiscal year

2009-2014) with investment budget of Baht

77,885.777 Million (including 10% contingency, 7

% VAT and interest during construction of Baht

4,146.00 Million) to increase the capacity of SA to

accommodate continuously increasing air traffic

volume in an adequate and effective manner,

thereby maintaining Thailand as Southeast Asia's

aviation hub. AOT will have to provide details of

the Development Plan of SA Phase 2 comprising

such as the construction of the 3rd runway and

a Satellite-1,to be proposed to the Ministry of

Transport and related parties, and to the Cabinet

for approval of the investment budget. However,

AOT will proceed with this matter in accordance

with the Notification of the Stock Exchange of

Thailand Regarding the Disclosure of Information

and Other Acts of Listed Companies Concerning

the Connected Transactions 2004 later.

but from what I heard, they will move all flights to suvarnabhumi soon.
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Old January 24th, 2009, 04:48 PM   #1348
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But I went to Suvarnabhumi last July, I'm quite sure the satellite is nowhere off the ground yet and the runway work not started. So to accomodate TG's domestic operations, I would imagine that there is suddenly capacity?

If not, it'll just turn Suvarnabhumi into a messy place again.
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Old January 24th, 2009, 04:51 PM   #1349
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I think I've been in that terminal in the 1st pic, but then again, most of it looks like the same thing. For the rest of the pics, that looks spectacular, I wish I got out of the airport.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 08:17 PM   #1350
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Suvarnabhumi Airport ready to receive relocated Don Mueang Airport flights: AoT


SAMUT PRAKAN, Jan 26 (TNA) - Suvarnabhumi Airport is ready to take back domestic flights from Don Mueang Airport, according to Airports of Thailand (AoT) acting president Serirat Prasutanont.

Mr. Serirat, who is also director of Suvarnabhumi airport, said that the flight relocations will begin March 29 as the national flag carrier, Thai Airways (THAI) has announced it will move all domestic flights now operating from Don Mueang Airport back to Suvarnabhumi Airport on that day.

Many airlines have agreed to move their services back to Suvarnabhumi, but some still oppose such a decision by the government, he said.

"The AoT will try to persuade and explain them the advantages of the relocation. Suvarnabhumi Airport is not as congested as they think. We can still support more flights," according to the acting AoT president.

In the future, Don Mueang Airport will serve only chartered flights and will become an aviation maintenance centre, Mr. Sererat said.

Mr. Serirat added that, during the Chinese New Year festival, all flights had fully resumed services at Suvarnabhumi and that the airport now welcomed about 100,000 passengers daily, a figure not much different from what it was before the airport seizure in late November, he said, serving 90,000-110,000 passengers daily.

The AoT chief said that an additional 165 flights from 21 local and international airlines have been operating during the Chinese holiday period (January 24-February 5), with about a 7,000 passenger-increase daily.

Mr. Serirat, however, admitted that the global economic slowdown has severely affected the chartered flight business, with the number of flights landing during Chinese New Year festival dropping by 50 per cent.

He hoped that the situation would gradually recover in the near future. (TNA)
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Old January 28th, 2009, 05:50 PM   #1351
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Cabinet agrees on airport security draft law


BANGKOK, Jan 28 (TNA) - Following the seizure of Thailand's two main airports by anti-government protesters in last November and December, the Cabinet on Wednesday approved a draft law on Suvarnabhumi Airport security, according to Wing Commander Prateep Wichittoe, the facility's deputy director.

The draft law is aimed to empower security officials of the Airports of Thailand (AoT) to block and disperse protests as well as to detain and fine persons causing damage to an airport before sending them to the police, Wing Commander Prateep said.

The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) blockaded Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports from Nov 25 to Dec 2, causing massive disruption to the country's tourism and trade.

A recent study by the Bank of Thailand estimated that the closure of Bangkok's two airports could cost the economy up to 290 billion baht (US$8.3 billion) in lost income.

AoT officials at present have no authority to obstruct a protest and must await for police to respond to do their duty, so it can't well stop the situation from escalating, Wing Commander Prateep added.

The maximum fine will be increased from 2,000 baht to 10,000 baht for invading and causing damage to an airport.

"The draft law (when enforced) will be part of the civil law while the criminal law already gives authority to the police to deal with such a situation," he said. (TNA)
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Old February 1st, 2009, 06:53 PM   #1352
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 11:27 AM   #1353
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 04:46 PM   #1354
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Old February 4th, 2009, 12:03 PM   #1355
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Cabinet: Suvarnabhumi transit passengers need no visa


BANGKOK, Feb 3 (TNA) - Cabinet on Tuesday approved a visa exemption scheme for transit passengers through Suvarnabhumi Airport who must wait long hours to catch a connecting flight, in an attempt to boost the country's tourism industry.

Deputy spokesman Puttipong Punnakan said the Cabinet initially approved the plan to increase income from international transit passengers, by allowing them to temporarily leave the airport premises on a short visit or to shop at places near the airport without a visa.

Mr. Puttipong said Thailand welcomed a thousand of transit passengers daily, many of whom must stay at the airport for up to eight hours.

If allowed to leave the airport for a short visit to tourist attractions or nearby shopping, more income could be generated among local residents and tour operators.

It is expected that the number of tourists in Bangkok, Chachoengsao, Samut Prakan and Chonburi will increase if the plan is implemented.

"Cabinet also assigned the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Airports of Thailand and the Association of Thai Travel Agents to create interesting tour packages for transit passengers," Mr. Puttipong said.

The visa exemption scheme is aimed at boosting Thailand's tourism industry and reversing a drop in the number of foreign tourists. The number of foreign tourists has dropped by 20 per cent from the same period of last year, due to the local political turmoil and global economic slowdown. (TNA)
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Old February 9th, 2009, 01:47 PM   #1356
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Traffic rules tightened at Suvarnabhumi airport


SAMUT PRAKARN, Feb 8 (TNA) – Traffic rules are being tightened at Suvarnabhumi Airport throughout February to reduce accidents in and around the airport, a senior Airports of Thailand (AoT) official said on Sunday.

Wing Commander Prateep Wichittho, Suvarnabhumi airport's deputy director of operations, said that the airport and the Rachatheva Police Station will strictly monitor those who violate traffic regulations around the airport.

Speed checkpoints have been set up on the 32-kilometre highway between Bangkok and the airport, and the maximum speed is set at 80 kilometres per hour. Speeders will be arrested and fined, Wing Commander Prateep said.

Police will also arrest those breaking other traffic rules such as traffic light violations and parking in prohibited areas.

Wing Commander Prateep added that from January 13 to 31 alone, 254 violators were arrested, most of whom were nabbed at the airport terminal.

The measures are intended to improve security for the airport's users, he said. Additionally the police will not tolerate unauthorized taxis whose drivers tout passengers out loud and disturb airport patrons, Wing Commander Prateep said.

The airport deputy director said he hopes that the 'inflexible measures' against traffic violators will restore the public image and confidence over security of the airport. (TNA)
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BUDGET AIRLINES STAY AT DON MUEANG (OLD AIRPORT)


Two Thai budget carriers
-- Nok Airlines and One-Two-Go Airlines -- can continue to use the old Don Mueang Airport as their bases even though the Transport Ministry is inclined to use Suvarnabhumi Airport to serve all scheduled flights.

Serirat Prasutanond, acting president of Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT), confirmed that both Nok and One-Two-Go are not required to move out of the 94-year-old airport to Bangkok's main airport under the ministry's "single airport'' policy.

"They certainly can stay [at Don Mueang]. We have never said we would close Don Mueang,'' he said, adding that AoT's policy for Don Mueang to serve scheduled non-connecting domestic services, charter and private flights has remained unchanged.

Earlier, a committee led by the Transport Ministry's former permanent secretary, Srisuk Chandrangsu, suggested that Don Mueang stop serving regular commercial flights.

That advocacy has given Thai Airways International (THAI) a good excuse to remove all its non-connecting domestic flights operated through Don Mueang, 25 flights a day, to Suvarnabhumi in order to cut costs.

The flag carrier is gearing up to start the transfer which acting president Narongsak Sangapong said would only cost some two million baht so that all THAI flights through Bangkok will be operating only at Suvarnabhumi.

By operating all services through a single airport, the airline will be able to reduce unnecessary costs by over 600 million baht a year, he said.

The flag carrier was forced by the Surayud Chulanont administration to divide part of its domestic flights to Don Mueang about two years ago, primarily to support the policy of having two airports serving Bangkok.

Don Mueang was supposed to close on the opening of Suvarnabhumi airport in September 2006, but was reopened about six months later for a limited non-connecting domestic flights in the name of relieving crowding at the new airport.

Nok has made clear its resistance to relocate from Don Mueang until the planned expansion of Suvarnabhumi that would raise passenger handling capacity to 60 million people a year from 45 million currently is completed, probably in five to six years.

Furthermore, Nok which is recovering from its financial woes, with cumulative losses of 200 million baht, is not financially prepared to shoulder 40-50 million baht in relocation costs, according to executive vice-president Sehapan Chumsai.


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Old March 11th, 2009, 02:53 PM   #1360
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Suvarnabhumi's world ranking moves up

By The Nation 11/03/2009


The Airport Council International (ACI) has ranked Suvarnabhumi Airport as the fifth of the Best Airport Worldwide for 2008, in the category of airports which accommodate over 40 million passengers per annum.


Serirat Prasutanond, acting president of Airports of Thailand Plc which operates the airport, said there were 12 entries to the category. Suvarnabhumi's ranking in the previous year was the 6th.


In the overall picture, Serirat said that Suvarnabhumi comes at the 28th place from 108 airports across the world, up from the 41st in 2007. Top three airports are South Korea's Incheon, Singapore's Changi and Hong Kong.


The awards are based on the satisfaction survey of over 200,000 passengers.


Serirat said Suvarnabhumi is committed to become one of the top 10 in 2009. The satisfaction survey would be conducted throughout the year and the result would be announced in March next year.


The airport's image has been severely tarnished due to the 10-day shutdown in November and December last year.
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