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Old September 28th, 2009, 11:56 AM   #1441
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World-class status continues to elude airport

Bangkokpost Published: 28/09/2009 at 12:00 AM


Suvarnabhumi airport is plagued by problems three years after it opened, making a mockery of claims it could soon be one of the world's top 10 airports.

The airport, which opened commercially on Sept 28, 2006, ran into problems even before construction began.

Successive governments flip-flopped on where the airport would go before a location was finally agreed upon: a 215,000-rai area in Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan. The construction cost was set at 120 billion baht.

In its first few days, Bangkok residents flocked to see the world's largest single terminal airport.

However, the bustling atmosphere soon gave way to chaos as the ticketing system and luggage-checking equipment malfunctioned.

As problems mounted at Suvarnabhumi, many passengers wished the ageing Don Mueang airport, which it replaced, was still in action.

The number of toilets was inadequate to serve the number of passengers. Direction signs were unclear, causing confusion. Up to 400 holes in the roof had to be plugged against leaks.

The most serious problem was probably the small cracks which opened on taxiways and parts of some runways.

Worries over safety forced the then Surayud Chulanont government to tell budget airlines to return temporarily to Don Mueang airport to reduce congestion at the new airport and clear the way for repairs.

Airports of Thailand president Serirat Prasutanond insists on the safety of the taxiways and runways, arguing the cracks occurred only at the surface level.

The whole structure was strong and met acceptable standards required to serve more than 800 flights a day, he said.

In fact, what disturbs Mr Serirat and AoT executives more often are complaints from passengers about services inside the terminal. Passengers have complained to the AoT that their belongings have been stolen.

AoT board chairman Piyapan Champasut asked police to crack down on the thieves.

A gang backed by airport security officials was arrested as a result.

However, despite more frequent patrols by the police, the AoT has failed to weed out the illegal taxis and tour guides. For three years, their numbers have grown, with up to 40 gangs at one point colluding with airport staff to cheat passengers.

The AoT has transferred the staff responsible for supervising taxi and tourism services at the airport, which has provided a partial solution.

Mr Serirat said the AoT had done its best to tackle the problems at the airport. He was still confident Suvarnabhumi could reach its goal of becoming one of the world's best airports.

"Today we can say the Suvarnabhumi airport is in the heart of tourists worldwide," he said.

He hopes the airport can make it on to the top 10 list in another one or two years starting from today, its third anniversary.

The 10 best airports as rated by Skytrax this year are Incheon in South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Zurich, Munich, Kansai in Japan, Kuala Lumpur, Amsterdam, Nagoya and Auckland.

Skytrax, which reviews airports and airlines, gave Suvarnabhumi three out of five stars, according to its website.
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Old September 28th, 2009, 01:49 PM   #1442
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Old September 29th, 2009, 01:44 PM   #1443
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AoT to spend Bt800 billion to upgrade Suvarnbhumi Airport


BANGKOK, Sept 28 (TNA) - The Airports of Thailand (AoT) will continue to improve and expand the country’s showcase Suvarnabhumi Airport with a new budget of 800 billion baht (US$23 million), AoT president Serirat Prasutanond said on the third anniversary of the airport’s opening.

A Buddhist religious ceremony was conducted at the airport on Monday to celebrate the event.

AoT will proceed with long-standing plans to increase the airport’s capacity by investing in construction of a new domestic terminal to accommodate 20 million additional passengers, a midfield concourse and a third runway.

Expanding Suvarnabhumi's capacity to 80 million passengers from 45 million at present is expected to be completed in 2015 or 2016, said Mr Serirat.

A budget of 80 billion baht has been planned for the project, with about half coming from AoT’s investment budget while the other half will be sought through foreign loans or by bond issues, he said.

In the first eleven months of Fiscal Year 2009 which ends September 30, Suvarnabhumi registered 33.87 million passengers and 221,326 flights, and 901,454 tonnes of cargo, said Suvarnabhumi Airport director Niran Thiranartsin.

The global economic downturn, domestic political problems and an outbreak of Influenza Type A (H1N1) contributed to drops in flights by 6.74 per cent, passenger numbers by 12.21 per cent and cargo by 24.38 per cent, compared to the same period in the previous year.

Mr Niran also said the airport will continue improving its service to become one of the world’s top ten airports, a goal which the facility has not achieved.

The airport has dealt with varied problems during the past three years and recently cracked down on illegal taxis and tour guides, with unlicensed 1,196 taxi drivers and 535 tour guides being arrested by September 25.

An additional 327 surveillance cameras were installed and more security guards were recruited for around the clock duty to prevent baggage theft, he added. (TNA)
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Old September 30th, 2009, 10:22 PM   #1444
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Old October 6th, 2009, 11:37 PM   #1445
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Old October 6th, 2009, 11:39 PM   #1446
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Old October 8th, 2009, 04:17 PM   #1447
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this airport is soo monumental to thailand's economy, why is it consistently plagued with problem after problem! i think it would make more profit being the rice paddies it once was from its annual harvest versus its current operations!!
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Old October 8th, 2009, 06:05 PM   #1448
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AoT to spend Bt800 billion to upgrade Suvarnbhumi Airport


BANGKOK, Sept 28 (TNA) - The Airports of Thailand (AoT) will continue to improve and expand the country’s showcase Suvarnabhumi Airport with a new budget of 800 billion baht (US$23 million), AoT president Serirat Prasutanond said on the third anniversary of the airport’s opening.

A Buddhist religious ceremony was conducted at the airport on Monday to celebrate the event similar to Girona Airport

AoT will proceed with long-standing plans to increase the airport’s capacity by investing in construction of a new domestic terminal to accommodate 20 million additional passengers, a midfield concourse and a third runway.

Expanding Suvarnabhumi's capacity to 80 million passengers from 45 million at present is expected to be completed in 2015 or 2016, said Mr Serirat.

A budget of 80 billion baht has been planned for the project, with about half coming from AoT’s investment budget while the other half will be sought through foreign loans or by bond issues, he said.

In the first eleven months of Fiscal Year 2009 which ends September 30, Suvarnabhumi registered 33.87 million passengers and 221,326 flights, and 901,454 tonnes of cargo, said Suvarnabhumi Airport director Niran Thiranartsin.

The global economic downturn, domestic political problems and an outbreak of Influenza Type A (H1N1) contributed to drops in flights by 6.74 per cent, passenger numbers by 12.21 per cent and cargo by 24.38 per cent, compared to the same period in the previous year.

Mr Niran also said the airport will continue improving its service to become one of the world’s top ten airports, a goal which the facility has not achieved.

The airport has dealt with varied problems during the past three years and recently cracked down on illegal taxis and tour guides, with unlicensed 1,196 taxi drivers and 535 tour guides being arrested by September 25.

An additional 327 surveillance cameras were installed and more security guards were recruited for around the clock duty to prevent baggage theft, he added. (TNA)
I think instead of developing the airport in steps they should launch the project at once so that the pesenger feel less discomforts
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Old October 11th, 2009, 02:34 AM   #1449
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Working on improvements passengers comforts is ongoing (It's about administration problems more than airport infrastructure).

But while passengers/flights volume increasing every year, airport expansion is needed very real soon. This year passengers traffic is about 40M while current phase designed for 45M/yr capacity.
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Old October 11th, 2009, 03:06 AM   #1450
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Old October 13th, 2009, 07:40 AM   #1451
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Old October 14th, 2009, 10:05 PM   #1452
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Old October 19th, 2009, 08:56 PM   #1453
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Old October 20th, 2009, 02:36 AM   #1454
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Old October 20th, 2009, 02:13 PM   #1455
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C4 ! the gate I had to use a week ago when I was leaving BKK

BKK is a wonderful airport. I was amazed and felt pity for all the big european airports when I saw what is possible.
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Old October 22nd, 2009, 05:46 PM   #1456
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Old October 25th, 2009, 07:52 PM   #1457
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And the worst airport in the world is

The Telegraph, London CHARLES STARMER-SMITH October 23, 2009


London's Heathrow has again been named the worst airport in the world. Photo: Getty Images

Heathrow airport has again been voted the worst airport in the world, according to a global poll of airline passengers.

The survey of members of Priority Pass, the world's leading independent airport lounge programme, included responses from 160 countries. The respondents to the annual survey have taken, on average, 17 flights in the past year.

It is a repeat of last year's result when Heathrow was still recovering from the ill-fated opening of Terminal 5, which saw passengers suffer lengthy flight delays and large numbers of lost bags.

The survey of members of Priority Pass has named Singapore's Changi Airport as the favourite. Photo: AFP

The airport recently reported that the punctuality of its flights had improved markedly this summer – up by 14 per cent between April and June on the same period last year, according to statistics released by the Civil Aviation Authority. The average delay also fell – dropping from 18 minutes to ten minutes.

“We are working very hard to make every passenger's journey to or from better than the last one, and these figures demonstrate the we are making good progress,” said the airport's chief operating office Mike Brown.

“However, the challenge is continuously to raise standards and through our long-term investment strategy, which sees £1 billion spent on facilities and services every year, we are rebuilding an airport of which the UK can be rightly proud.”

Charles de Gaulle airport, in Paris, was voted second worst, followed by Los Angeles, Frankfurt International and Miami International.

Singapore Changi, a perennial favourite, finished top, followed closely by Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok. Amsterdam Schiphol was the pick of Europe's airports. Ironically, Heathrow also rated highly among the favourite airports, coming in at number five.

While no Australian airports made the top 10, a majority of Australian travellers said their airport experience had improved this year compared with last year. Sydney Airport was the highest ranked for Australia at number 43.


“The travellers who took part in this survey took almost 250,000 flights between them over the last year, and that means they know a thing or two about airports,” said Jonathan French, Head of Brand for Priority Pass. “Sadly, Heathrow remains firmly entrenched as the airport the world loves to hate.”

A recent poll by London's Telegraph found that 80 per cent of those that have used Heathrow's Terminal 5 said they enjoyed the experience, however passengers still regularly complain about the service at the other four terminals.

Top 10 favourite airports

1. Singapore Changi

2. Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok Intl

3. Amsterdam Schiphol

4. Dubai World Central Intl

5. London Heathrow

6. Copenhagen

7. Zurich

8. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Intl

9. Seoul Incheon International

10. Frankfurt International


Worst airports

1. London Heathrow

2. Paris CDG

3. Los Angeles - LAX Intl

4. Frankfurt International
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Old October 29th, 2009, 10:19 PM   #1458
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Old October 31st, 2009, 09:41 PM   #1459
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I do not think that a fifth and sixth runway or a third terminal is going to be built at Suvarnabhumi in the distant future. Two main terminal buildings, two satellite terminals, and four runways is all it can take.
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Old November 4th, 2009, 06:53 PM   #1460
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