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Old December 22nd, 2010, 01:13 PM   #1601
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IATA: Develop Suvarnabhumi as sole hub

Bangkokpost Published: 22/12/2010 at 12:00 AM


Thailand would do best to focus on further developing Suvarnabhumi Airport as its sole hub in the long run while maintaining the status quo of Don Mueang in the short to medium term to provide relief capacity.


IATA believes Suvarnabhumi’s annual handling capacity must rise to 60-65 million passengers from 45 million to serve the single-airport policy.

The recommendations are contained in the latest study into the matter, commissioned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT).

Officials hope the proposals will resolve the repeated state policy flip-flops over whether Bangkok should be served by one or two international airports.

IATA, a global airline industry body, advocates Suvarnabhumi becoming the country's only main air hub in 2030, when century-old Don Mueang would stop offering scheduled flight service altogether.

However, the IATA report as summarised by AoT suggests that between now and 2015 Don Mueang continue in its current role of providing point-to-point scheduled domestic service to allow time for Suvarnabhumi to develop the additional capacity needed to meet rising demand.

The report views a single-airport operation as ideal for Thailand, further underscoring the position IATA held before Suvarnabhumi opened in September 2006.

IATA believes that AoT must expand Suvarnabhumi's annual handling capacity to 60-65 million passengers from 45 million currently to serve the single-airport policy.

It said construction of a third runway at Suvarnabhumi and other related infrastructure must be completed and operational by 2024 to meet rising passenger and aircraft flows.

That time frame requires AoT to receive government approval for the project by 2015.

In parallel, the report advises AoT to proceed with development of commercial projects at Don Mueang as it terminates scheduled flights.

Previous suggestions for the old airport have included serving charter flights and being turned into an aircraft maintenance and pilot training centre or even the completely different trade exhibition and convention facilities.

Rob Eagles, IATA's director for infrastructure strategy, told the Bangkok Post from Geneva, Switzerland that having Suvarnabhumi as Bangkok's sole gateway airport would serve the best interests of all concerned - operators, passengers and the overall economy.

The Montreal-based aviation strategist urged Thailand "absolutely" to focus on upgrading Suvarnabhumi and operating from only one base.

He said that AoT could overcome the looming congestion issues at Suvarnabhumi by improving efficiency via an airspace redesign or implementing new performance-based navigation procedures.

But AoT must work with organisations such as IATA to secure currently available efficiency gains, said Mr Eagles.

Somchai Sawasdeepon, a senior executive vice-president at AoT, said his company and the Transport Ministry had not decided whether to follow IATA's suggestions.

The IATA report will be considered along with another study now being conducted by the UN's International Civil Aviation Organisation and due next February.
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Old December 23rd, 2010, 07:27 PM   #1602
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Old December 23rd, 2010, 07:41 PM   #1603
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Old December 24th, 2010, 05:53 AM   #1604
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Management contract for airport hotel not to be scrapped

The Nation Published on December 24, 2010


Airports of Thailand's board of directors has decided not to scrap the management contract for the Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel that was awarded to Universal Hospitality Joint Venture.

A subcommittee chaired by Suthi Kreingchaiyapruk had proposed that the contract be ended, since the hotel had been making losses for years. The airport hotel, since it opened in 2006, has shown net losses of Bt681 million. Universal Hospitality Joint Venture is a cooperation between a UKbased business group and Thong Thana, a local trading firm.

AOT chairman Piyaphan Jampasut said the AOT management team would further discuss the issue with Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel's board of directors.

"The AOT board of directors acknowledged the [subcommittee's] report and suggestions, though the final decision is with the executives. The AOT board has no authority to end the contract," he said.

Since the hotel's losses hit the headlines, General Raden Phuengpak resigned as chairman of the hotel's board of directors, and Sane Chaosurin stepped down as director. AOT, which holds a majority stake in the hotel, believes that the two officials do not need to be replaced because the remaining nine directors in the hotel firm can perform the job.

According to Piyaphan, the AOT board yesterday also ordered the airฌport's management team to handle the collection of parking fees.

The board had earlier terminated the feecollection contract awarded to Parking Management, because ineffiฌciency and internal conflicts had resulted in lowerthanexpected revฌenue. With the new feecollecting duties, AOT would need to invest in equipment as well as hire a new security firm and officers to collect fees. Details will be presented to the Transport Ministry.

In November, the airport car parks generated Bt760,000 a day or Bt22.8 million throughout the month.

The board will convene again on January 19.
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 09:18 PM   #1605
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Holiday airport traffic rises 8% from 2009

Bangkokpost Published: 31/12/2010 at 12:00 AM


An estimated 1.8 million passengers, or 150,000 a day, are expected to pass through Suvarnabhumi Airport during the current holiday season, up 7.9% from the same period last year, according to Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT).

Airlines operating through the capital's international airport have increased flights by 5% for the period between Dec 25 and Jan 5 to meet high-season travel demand.

Suvarnabhumi, already one of Asia's busiest airports, will handle 9,739 flights - 6,980 international and 2,759 domestic - in the 12-day period, compared with 9,287 during the year-end holidays in 2009.

Other key airports operated by AoT including those in Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai and Don Mueang in Bangkok, are also seeing heavy passenger and aircraft movements.

AoT president Serirat Prasutanond advised passengers to be at Suvarnabhumi early, at least two hours for domestic flight departures and three hours for international flights. Personnel including immigration officials have been increased to deal with rising demand.

The increase in traffic through Suvarnabhumi, especially in the holiday season, further underscores a return to normal growth of passenger flows through Bangkok following the slump amid the political turmoil from March to May.

It also partly reflects the revived popularity of Thailand as a prime tourist Southeast Asian destination and bodes well for 2011.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand believes tourist arrivals for 2010 will beat its target of 15.3 million.
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 10:50 AM   #1606
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Thailand has great airport to support its tourism industry. And that's what most Asian countries should have.
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Old January 4th, 2011, 07:50 AM   #1607
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Suvarnabhumi Airport brightens image

Bangkokpost Published: 13/12/2010 at 12:00 AM


Poor lighting at Suvarnabhumi Airport's passenger terminal will soon be a thing of the past as Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) is taking steps to deal with the frequent complaint.


All areas where people pass through will have double the current level of illumination.

It will be the second major lighting improvement following a minor adjustment that partly addressed the problems that earned Suvarnabhumi the nickname "the colossal dark den".

Developed in a collaboration with Chulalongkorn University, the state-controlled airport operator's lighting upgrade will cost 129 million baht.

In addition to increasing brightness to about 180 lux (equal to 1 lumen per square metre; 0.0929 foot candle), better arrangement and more energy-efficient bulbs will reduce power consumption.

Somchai Sawasdeepon, an AoT senior executive vice-president, believes the project, which is expected to be running in the first quarter of next year, will result in a 24% a year drop in power consumption for lighting.

This in turn would help the airport cut its monthly power bill to around 28 million baht from 30 million currently.

There will be more direct lighting with powerful bulbs illuminating the floors and less indirect lighting that reflects on ceilings, a frequent feature of the current layout.

The previous exercise undertaken shortly after the airport's opening in September 2006 involved turning many lightbulbs downward to the floors rather than upward to show a reflecting lighting pattern, a form popular in the western world and originally specified by Murphy/Jahn Architects, who designed the airport.

Tests conducted at several areas inside the terminal showed satisfactory results.

"There is greater illumination but not to the extent that it may irritate the eyes as in certain shopping malls," said Mr Somchai.

Though some people feel the current lighting is sufficient, most of the complaints came from Thais who prefer downward lighting to the reflecting variety, he explained.

Road lights on access roads to the terminal will also be equipped with dimmers to cut electricity consumption in the twilight period.

AoT expects the project to break even in four years and seven months based on power bill savings. The lighting improvement is being dubbed part of AoT's effort to make Suvarnabhumi one of the world's top 10 airports.

The airport has undergone significant improvements since its opening: revised signage, reduced waiting time in security lanes, additional toilets, new luggage trolleys, padding for steel seats, and the launch of the Airport Rail Link in August.
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go there on an overcast day and you will literally go into depression coz of the lighting, or should I say, the lack of it
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Old January 12th, 2011, 07:19 PM   #1608
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Old January 13th, 2011, 01:27 PM   #1609
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Old January 13th, 2011, 06:52 PM   #1610
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Old January 26th, 2011, 04:38 PM   #1611
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Old January 26th, 2011, 05:45 PM   #1612
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AOT: Airport security tightened

Bangkokpost Published: 25/01/2011 at 12:32 PM


Security at Suvarnabhumi airport has been tightened following the suicide bombing at Russia's largest airport, Airports of Thailand Plc (AOT) president Anirut Thanomkulbutra said on Tuesday.

Flyin Officer Anirut said the security level at the country's main airport had not been raised but security staff had been instructed to be more stringent during inspections.

He said the AOT will assess the situation before considering deploying more security personnel at Suvarnabhumi.
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Old January 29th, 2011, 07:57 AM   #1613
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Suvarnabhumi last week




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Old January 29th, 2011, 07:58 AM   #1614
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Old January 29th, 2011, 08:00 AM   #1615
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Old January 29th, 2011, 03:51 PM   #1617
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nice designed airport!
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Old February 7th, 2011, 11:23 AM   #1618
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มาดู ส่วนต่อขยายอาคารที่จอดรถ ฝั่งทิศตะวันตก กันบ้าง




ป้ายชื่อ สนามบิน ยังไม่มีความคืบหน้าครับ เหมือนครั้งที่แล้วที่ถ่ายรูปมา



ถ้าเป็น หลังคากระจก คงจะสวยกว่านี้นะครับ


ยังไม่แน่ใจ ว่าตกลงอาคารที่สร้างเพิ่มใหม่นี้ จะเป็นที่ทำการสายการบินอย่างเดียว หรือ เป็นสถานที่ประกอบพิธีเปิดสนามบินด้วย


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Old February 18th, 2011, 07:27 AM   #1619
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Suvarnabhumi named fifth best airport

By The Nation Published on February 18, 2011


Suvarnabhumi Airport has been ranked fifthbest in its category of annual capacity of more than 40 million passengers.

In the 2010 list, there were 13 airports rated in the category by Airports Council International (ACI). The top four are in Hong Kong, Beijing, Dubai and Dallas.

According to Airports of Thailand, which operates the Bangkok airport, in 2009, Suvarnabhumi was ranked sixth in the category of airports with capacity of 25 million to 40 million passengers.

In 2010, with the number of passengers reaching 42.7 million, it was moved up to the category of more than 40 million passengers.

The ACI 2010 ranking covered 154 airports across the world. The ranking was based on a satisfaction survey of 260,000 passengers at those airports.

Suvarnabhumi Airport official Wilaiwan Nadwilai said: "AOT is committed to making Suvarnabhumi a top10 airport worldwide."

The top three airports are now Incheon in South Korea, Changi in Singapore and Chek Lap Kok in Hong Kong
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Old February 21st, 2011, 11:49 PM   #1620
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great airport. just visited a few weeks ago. very clean.
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