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Old February 25th, 2011, 10:12 PM   #1621
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AoT springing for overtime Firm to pay B12m to unclog Immigration

Bangkokpost Published: 25/02/2011 at 12:00 AM


Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) has earmarked 12 million baht to deal with critically long immigration queues at Suvarnabhumi airport over the next three months.


Long immigration queues at Suvarnabhumi greet passengers, even though a sticker (left) in the terminal promises a 24-minute processing.

The money will be used to pay overtime for immigration officers to ensure that all of the counters are manned from March to May and thus able to cope with an expected further surge in passenger traffic.

An official source said the allocation is a temporary solution that AoT is adopting to deal with the top complaint by passengers passing through the country's gateway.

Since late last year, arriving international passengers have had to queue for as long as one hour and outbound passengers for more than half an hour as their numbers spiked.

Suvarnabhumi now handles up to 180,000 incoming and outgoing passengers a day, compared with only 120,000 previously. Immigration officials, citing limited manpower, budgetary restrictions on overtime work and an outdated computer system, have been unable to speed up processing.

AoT hopes the additional funding will enable the Immigration Bureau to man all 72 outbound and 124 arrival counters.So far, the Immigration Bureau has not commented on how processing could be accelerated and queue times reduced. AoT is stepping in as it has taken all the heat from passengers who are unaware the bureau is a separate government agency over which the company has no control.

The source said the company decided to act as it foresees the problem worsening, especially during the peak Songkran holiday in April, when local airports seem to burst at the seams.

The long immigration queues were a topic at Monday's meeting of the committee tasked with investigating Suvarnabhumi's problems, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban.It assigned transport permanent secretary Supoj Saplom to head a group to come up with comprehensive solutions within the next two weeks.

One option is employing retired immigration officers to pre-check passengers' documents before reaching the immigration counters.

Another is for the bureau to use outsourced personnel to help perform the duties, but this has been rejected by the bureau due to bureaucratic constraints.
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Old February 26th, 2011, 01:59 AM   #1622
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A question to whoever has been to BKK: are gardens accessible to people?
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Old February 26th, 2011, 02:19 AM   #1623
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A question to whoever has been to BKK: are gardens accessible to people?
I dont believe so.
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Old February 26th, 2011, 11:45 AM   #1624
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I dont believe so.


I have an A-Level in agrarian studies and as I can see they are some of the most beautiful gardens I ever seen!

Talking about the airport I don't know what's better between Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and Singapore Changi! They are two masterpieces!
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Old February 26th, 2011, 03:03 PM   #1625
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I have an A-Level in agrarian studies and as I can see they are some of the most beautiful gardens I ever seen!

Talking about the airport I don't know what's better between Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and Singapore Changi! They are two masterpieces!
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Old March 1st, 2011, 12:53 PM   #1626
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Old March 1st, 2011, 02:52 PM   #1627
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A question to whoever has been to BKK: are gardens accessible to people?
Gadens are accessible for everyone so, you can walk on ground level outside the building into those gaden.
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Old March 1st, 2011, 11:02 PM   #1628
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Gadens are accessible for everyone so, you can walk on ground level outside the building into those gaden.
Really? good to know, never seen anyone down there at all
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Old March 4th, 2011, 01:32 PM   #1629
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Old March 11th, 2011, 02:20 PM   #1630
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Terminal illness: AoT's medical burden

Bangkkpost Published: 11/03/2011 at 12:00 AM

Suvarnabhumi airport's problems go beyond complaints about long immigration lines, dirty toilets and staff not smiling enough to include others of a more pressing financial nature.


The airport is facing a rising number of foreign travellers who fall seriously ill on their journeys, and even a few who have chosen the passenger terminal to commit suicide.

Since opening in September 2006, Suvarnabhumi has seen at least six suicide attempts. Two of them have been successful, the most recent one being an Iranian.

Hundreds of foreign passengers passing through the airport have fallen seriously ill or suffered accidents, requiring immediate medical attention.

Many are treated at either Suvarnabhumi's own clinic or transferred to Samitivej Srinakarin, the private hospital that jointly offers medical services at the airport with Airports of Thailand (AoT), until they are fit enough to travel to their homelands.

That may sound normal, but what makes it an issue is the growing number of travelling foreign patients who refuse to pay their bills, and their countries simply deny any responsibility.

AoT's Medical Department said that as of 2010, a total of 59 foreign patients had not paid bills amounting to a combined 20 million baht.

That includes two attempted suicides _ a Bangladeshi man last May and a Russian man in August 2009 _ who survived but ran up medical bills totalling 850,000 and 302,000 baht, respectively.

Such patients say they have no money. Worse, their countries offer no help, telling AoT and Samitivej Srinakarin that the dispute is strictly between the individuals involved and the Thai entities.

The list of these countries is long, ranging from First World nations with comprehensive social security schemes to poorer Third World states.

"We think it extremely unfair to make us shoulder this huge financial burden while the patients' countries simply ignore the problem," said Sakchai Arunrukthavon, the vice-president of AoT's Medical Department.

"We're morally and legally bound to do our utmost to cure these critically ill patients only to find that the parties involved refuse to take financial responsibility. We have become so desperate that we've tried almost every means imaginable but to no avail."

Dr Sakchai pointed out that AoT and its hospital partner previously had no problem absorbing the bills, but the amounts involved have grown into a huge financial burden over the years.

Most patients who do not settle their bills simply leave the country, some even using air tickets paid for by AoT.

Such patients include broke backpackers, drug addicts, the jobless and those whose families will have nothing to do with them.

AoT has contacted the embassies and consulates of the patients' home countries, but to no avail.

As an international airport, Suvarnabhumi is required by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a UN agency, to be equipped with medical facilities and services for the benefit of travellers.

Unfortunately, the ICAO rules do not explain how the medical expenses incurred can be cleared.

Dr Sakchai suggests the Thai government require foreign visitors to Thailand buy health and travel insurance.

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Old March 11th, 2011, 05:48 PM   #1631
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what the heck does committing suicide has to do with the terminal. these smart ass reporters would go to any extent to provide sensationalism.
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 07:01 AM   #1632
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Old March 27th, 2011, 03:30 PM   #1633
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^ Such huge signs, I rather they not put any up.
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Old March 31st, 2011, 08:51 PM   #1634
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Old April 2nd, 2011, 05:46 PM   #1635
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Just arrived from BKK 2 days ago and used the NEW airport train line... Very nice addition and well worth the wait I must say, however on my return trip to the airport the express train was out of action so I had to catch the cityline which added probably an extra 20 odd minutes to the trip... Lucky I made it to check-in just on time!
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Old April 18th, 2011, 03:17 PM   #1636
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ICAO endorses Suvarnabhumi as single hub Calls grow to phase out Don Mueang

Published: 18/04/2011 at 12:00 AM

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has joined the ranks of industry groups advising Thailand to further develop Suvarnabhumi Airport to serve as the country's sole main air hub.



Echoing earlier calls by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the UN agency also suggested that Don Mueang Airport stop serving scheduled flights and become a centre for aviation and commercial development.

The ICAO made its recommendations in a study commissioned by Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) to resolve the repeated state policy flip-flops over whether Bangkok should be served by one or two international airports.

The ICAO supports AoT's plan to proceed with expanding Suvarnabhumi to raise its annual handling capacity to 60-65 million passengers from 45 million to serve the single-airport policy.

It advocates building a separate domestic passenger terminal but linked with the international terminal by an automated people mover, as well as building a third runway at Suvarnabhumi.

IATA earlier advocated maintaining the status quo of Don Mueang in the short to medium term to provide spare capacity.

More specifically, it suggested that until 2015, Don Mueang should continue in its current role of providing point-to-point scheduled domestic services until Suvarnabhumi can develop the additional capacity it needs.

It said Suvarnabhumi should become the sole air hub in 2030, when Don Mueang would stop offering scheduled flight service altogether.

IATA also advised AoT to proceed with development of commercial projects at Don Mueang as it terminates scheduled flights.

Previous suggestions for the old airport have included handling charter flights, being turned into an aircraft maintenance and pilot training centre, or even a trade and convention centre.

AoT president Serirat Prasutanond said it would be up to the Transport Ministry to decide whether to follow the advice of the two global aviation groups.

A committee headed by Supoj Saplom, the permanent secretary for Transport, is scheduled to hold its first meeting on April 25 to review the ICAO and IATA studies. It will try to draw up recommendations to be considered by authorities including the cabinet, said Somchai Sawasdeepon, a senior executive vice-president of AoT.

Mr Serirat said AoT was ready to start looking for a management consultant to advise on the Suvarnabhumi expansion, which would cost 62 billion baht.

The expansion plan, approved by the cabinet in August last year, could be modified to accommodate changes that may emerge in line with the recommendations from ICAO and IATA.

The approved plan would lift the passenger handling capacity of the airport to 60 million a year by 2015, years after overcrowding has set in.

However, it does not involve runway construction even though earlier plans called for a domestic passenger terminal and a third runway.

The expansion envisages the construction of a satellite passenger terminal to be located about 800 metres south of the existing one and linked by an underground automated people mover.

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