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Old February 1st, 2012, 08:22 PM   #1721
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Old February 12th, 2012, 10:49 AM   #1725
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Used BKK 3 times on my recent trip to Thailand. Great airport! Though I still rate HKG better.
Yep, even as a Thai person I still agree that HKG is a lot better Its such an amazing airport
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Old February 13th, 2012, 11:30 AM   #1726
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Yep, even as a Thai person I still agree that HKG is a lot better Its such an amazing airport
I just liked the open & airy feel of HKG better. Plus it's easier to view the aircraft from the terminal. Don't get me wrong though, BKK is still a great airport! I wish we had something like it in Australia!
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Old March 2nd, 2012, 09:11 PM   #1727
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Suvarnabhumi earns top Muslim-friendly ranking

Published: 2/03/2012 at 03:17 AM

Suvarnabhumi Airport was named the world's most Muslim-friendly airport this year for its outstanding provision of services to Muslim travellers.

Bangkok's international airport was ranked first in the non-Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) category by Singapore-based Crescentrating.

Somchai Sawasdeepon, general manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport, said the ranking was based on feedback from Muslim passengers on relevant issues, such as the availability Halal food and prayer facilities.

In the non-OIC countries category, Singapore's Changi International Airport came second and Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg third.

Numerous airlines from predominantly-Muslim countries, such as Emirates, Etihad, Gulf Air and Oman Air, operate frequent service to Suvarnabhumi.

Meanwhile, Suvarnabhumi ranked 40 out of 186 airports for service quality in a recent survey released by the Airports Council International, Airports of Thailand said.

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Old March 7th, 2012, 08:25 PM   #1728
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Old March 9th, 2012, 04:57 AM   #1729
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amazing i had visted this airport a lot
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Old March 11th, 2012, 05:58 PM   #1731
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Suvarnabhumi among busiest in January

Published: 10/03/2012 at 03:51 AM Newspaper section: Business 3
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Suvarnabhumi was one of the top five airports in Asia Pacific and the Middle East by passenger volume in January, says Airports Council International (ACI).

Beijing was No.1 with more than 6 million passengers. The other four with more than 4.5 million passengers each were Tokyo Haneda, Suvarnabhumi, Hong Kong and Dubai.

January saw 4.99 million passengers through Suvarnabhumi, up by 12.9% from a year earlier, according to figures compiled by Airports of Thailand Plc.

The growth was due largely to budget airline traffic shifting from flood-ravaged Don Mueang and an organic increase spurred by high-season travel demand.

Both factors have worsened crowding at Suvarnabhumi, which has been operating beyond its capacity for a year now.

ACI, the global association of airports, said Asia Pacific began the new year with a robust increase in passenger traffic even as air freight traffic remained sluggish.

Asia Pacific recorded year-on-year passenger growth of 9.2% in January, while the Middle East recorded 11%. Abu Dhabi, Jakarta, Hong Kong and Guangzhou all posted gains of more than 15% in passenger numbers for the month.

As for air freight traffic, primarily due to the Chinese New Year holiday occurring one month earlier than usual, Asia-Pacific airports recorded a decrease of 12.6% in January. Middle East airports showed an increase of 4.4%.

The five airports in the region with the highest air freight throughput in January were Hong Kong, Shanghai's Pudong, Seoul's Incheon, Dubai and Singapore.

Patti Chau, ACI's regional director, said Asia Pacific and the Middle East recorded positive results in passenger traffic last year, increasing by 5.5% and 7.6%, respectively.

The positive trend looks set to continue as Asia Pacific remains a key driver of global passenger traffic growth.

Air freight traffic, however, looks less promising. Mrs Chau expressed concern that a shroud of uncertainty still hung over the global air freight market.

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Old March 15th, 2012, 08:49 PM   #1732
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Budget air to fly from Don Mueang

The Nation March 16, 2012 1:00 am

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has ordered that all low-cost airlines move to Don Mueang Airport to improve air and runway traffic at Suvarnabhumi, but the plan is unlikely to ease the current turmoil frustrating countless travellers.

The shift of low-cost carriers to Don Mueang was announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Tourism and Sports Minister Chumpol Silapa-archa yesterday in response to a growing outcry from departing Suvarnabhumi passengers, many of whom have missed flights or suffered close calls.

People familiar with the problem doubt whether the long-planned move of low-cost services to Don Mueang will ease the current crisis at Suvarnabhumi, where renovation work has cut the capacity of immigration checkpoints by two-thirds.

Officials contacted by The Nation yesterday could not say for certain when the renovation work would be completed.

Chumpol admitted that the current problem of passenger congestion stemmed from the fact that only one of Suvarnabhumi's three immigration gates was operating.

International passengers are now being advised to arrive at the airport at least three hours before their flight leaves, rather than the standard two hours.

Chumpol said news of the passenger bottleneck only reached him on Wednesday. He said he could not get involved with the problem but gave assurances that the transfer of low-cost airlines to Don Mueang Airport would help reduce the congestion.

He is now working with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Tourist Police, and Airports of Thailand (AOT) to help increase personnel by 30 to 40.

Meanwhile, Deputy Transport Minister Chatchart Sithipan said yesterday that in the short term, the ministry would increase officers at the Suvarnabhumi's immigration areas to help relieve congestion in the short term. AOT, as the airport operator, has been assigned the task. In addition, the ministry is coordinating with police to help out.

In the long term, he said the airport would deploy technologies such as an e-passport system that consumes less time, especially with Thai passengers. This would also resolve the problem of congestion at the airport during rush hours. Currently, Suvarnabhumi has annual traffic of 48 million passengers, in excess of its capacity of 45 million.

An Immigration Police source said increasing checkpoint staff was not the answer. "All checkpoints are being manned to full capacity. The problem is not shortage of personnel," the source said.

A source at the Transport Ministry said the government planned to move all domestic and international flights serviced by low-cost airlines to Don Mueang Airport in a bid to resolve congestion at Suvarnabhumi Airport in the long run.

"It's believed that the government must encourage low-cost airlines with incentives to move their services to Don Mueang Airport," said the source, adding that AirAsia alone had 82-90 flights daily.

Apart from AirAsia, major low-cost airlines using Suvarnabhumi Airport are Bangkok Airways and Orient Thai.

Somchai Sawasdipol, acting director of Suvarnabhumi Airport, said he had coordinated with immigration officials to solve the problem of long queues and would pay overtime to officials of Bt100,000 per day as incentive.

Of total immigration counters, 124 are for inbound passengers and 80 are for the outbound.

Maiyarat Pheerayakoses, president of the Association of Domestic Travel, said she had no problem with the government move to shift all low-cost flights to Don Mueang Airport. However, the government should do it very carefully, especially in cases of passengers with connecting flights.

As a long-term solution, she said she did not mind having two airports in Bangkok. It is common in other nations to have separate domestic and international airports. However, transport connection between the two must be developed well to make it convenient for passengers.

The new phase of construction development at Suvarnabhumi should proceed quickly so as to be ready to serve the growing number of passengers after the implementation of the Asean Economic Community in 2015, she said.

Speaking of the current congestion, she said the problem was due to mismanagement by the Immigration Bureau at the airport. She urged the agency to tackle the problem quickly by increasing the number of officers working at the airport.

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Old March 29th, 2012, 10:23 PM   #1733
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Suvarnabhumi 7th in global survey

Published: 29/03/2012 at 07:08 PM

Suvarnabhumi Airport was placed seventh in the Best Airport Worldwide category at the 2011 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards, Narongchai Tanadchangsaeng, the deputy general manager of operation lines, said on Thursday.

The ranking, given by Airports Council International (ACI), was for the category of best airport handling more than 40 million passengers a year, FO Narongchai said.

Suvarnabhumi Airport was fifth in 2010 for Best Airport by Size in handling more than 40 million passengers a year.

The top five for the Best Airport handling more than 40 million passengers a year are Changi, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai Pudong and Guangzhou Airport in China.

The ACI announced the recipients of its annual ASQ awards for 2011 last month. However, it declined to give the position of Suvarnabhumi, citing that it depended on the Airports of Thailand (AoT) to reveal the information. The AoT also declined to comment at the time.

The survey is based on the responses of 350,000 passengers in 200 airports worldwide who were asked to rate their satisfaction with the airports they use before boarding their flights.

FO Narongchai said Suvarnabhumi Airport received a higher score on a 5-point scale, from 3.90 in 2007, which was the first year it entered the ACI’s global survey, to 4.32 in 2011.

He said the airport will continue to improve its services which received a low level of passenger satisfaction, for example, offering free wi-fi service and the planned instalment of an automatic passport screening system, known as auto-gates, to help ease the increasing workload at immigration desks.

The AoT will install 16 auto-gates at the airport on April 11. They will be split equally between the departure area and arrival halls.

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Old April 10th, 2012, 08:38 PM   #1734
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Suvarnabhumi among Asian leaders in traffic growth

Published: 7/04/2012 at 03:15

Thailand's Suvarnabhumi was one of six airports in Asia Pacific that achieved double-digit growth last year, spurred by robust economic activity and the rising propensity for travel in the region.

The highest growth in passenger traffic was at New Delhi (DEL), up 21%, with Jakarta (CGK) gaining 19%, Suvarnabhumi (BKK) increased 12% and Guangzhou (CAN), Singapore (SIN) and Kuala Lumpur (KUL) each up 10%.

Beijing (PEK), which handled more than 77 million passengers in 2011, is the busiest airport in the region and takes second place in the world behind Atlanta (ATL) in the United States.

The other four airports in the region with the most passenger traffic were Tokyo Haneda (HND), Hong Kong (HKG), Jakarta (CGK) and Dubai (DXB), according to Airports Council International (ACI).

Last year's regional passenger traffic hit 1.43 billion, representing a 5.7% increase for the Asia-Pacific area and an 8.4% rise for the Middle East when compared with 2010 levels.

Combined freight traffic carried in these two areas of the region amounted to 35.8 million tonnes in 2011, or 41% of the world's freight traffic as recorded by ACI.

Hong Kong (HKG) continued to be the busiest cargo airport in the world, followed closely by Memphis (MEM) and Shanghai Pudong (PVG).

The other three busiest airports in the region by freight traffic were Seoul Incheon (ICN), Dubai (DXB) and Tokyo Narita (NRT).

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Old April 12th, 2012, 12:42 AM   #1735
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Autochannel active at Suvarnabhumi

Published: 12/04/2012 at 02:25 AM

The automatic passport screening system at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport went into operation yesterday without a snag, much to the rejoice of passengers for the speed and convenience it provides.

The Immigration Bureau, which spent 76 million baht on the system known as Autochannel for initial use by Thai passport holders, voiced satisfaction with how it was easing passenger traffic at the crowded airport, especially in light of the coming Songkran holidays.

"It works fine and we received a lot of compliments from passengers who told us we should have had this system in place long before," Pol Col Viboon Kittiisaengsuwan, who supervises departure immigration at Suvarnabhumi, told the Bangkok Post yesterday.


A staffer shows how to use the passport scanner in the first stage.
Anirut Thanomkulbutra, president of Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT), said passengers have yet to get fully acquainted with the new system but the number using it will pick up quickly.

That process will be quickened by the guidance of attendants stationed 24/7 at each of the 16 Autochannel units, split equally at the departure and arrival halls, over the next several weeks, said Pol Col Viboon.

The attendants are provided by Chan Wanich, the Thai company that supplied Autochannel to the bureau.

Autochannel completes its two-step task _ first reading the passport and then scanning a finger and taking a photo _ in an average of 15 seconds, half the time it takes to be processed manually by an officer.

Autochannel should allow the bureau to allocate its limited human resources to international passengers, who comprise about 80% of the 160,000 travellers passing through the airport each day.

Suvarnabhumi has been operating in excess of its designed capacity of 45 million passengers a year. Passenger throughput last year was 47.2 million, and the number is expected to soar to 51 million this year.

According to Pol Col Viboon, plans are afoot to expand Autochannel at Suvarnabhumi to cover foreign passport holders, particularly expats and frequent business visitors, in the next few years.

"It's a step-by-step process," he said, explaining that the bureau has yet to see the result of initial operations involving Thai passport holders.

"There are complex issues related to the validity of visas and whether people are on the blacklists of Interpol or other global organisations, which means the introduction of Autochannel for foreign nationals will take time."

http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/...t-suvarnabhumi

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Old April 12th, 2012, 06:51 PM   #1736
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I think its going to be very crowded with many flights coming in for Songkran....
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Traffic continues upsurge

Published: 19/04/2012 at 02:54

Passenger traffic and flights through Suvarnabhumi Airport showed healthy double-digit growth in the first quarter of this year, though cargo movements increased at a slower pace.

Passenger throughput at Thailand's gateway airport increased 13.6% from the same period last year to 14.62 million, with combined aircraft take-offs and landings up 19.1% to 88,264, reported Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT).

The increase was driven by high-season travel demand, rising propensity to travel in the region and the improved economy, said an industry analyst.

Freight traffic through the airport rose 8.1% to 361,543 tonnnes, reflecting the recovery of cargo traffic following floods late last year that slowed exports.

The increase in passenger traffic through Suvarnabhumi was inflated by the shift of domestic budget airline traffic from Don Mueang airport, which was closed because of floods from Oct 25 to March 5 this year. Domestic passenger traffic at Suvarnabhumi jumped 42.6% to 4.17 million in the first quarter, while international passenger volume grew just 5% to 10.45 million.

Likewise, domestic aircraft movements leaped 44.2% to 29,245, while international volume increased 9.6% to 59,019.

International freight volume increased 7.7% to 345,613 tonnes and domestic tonnage rose 15.3% to 15,930 tonnes.

The surge in passenger traffic worsened congestion at Suvarnabhumi, which has been stretched beyond its 45-million-a-year capacity over the last two years, making it one of Asia's busiest airports.

Overall passenger numbers passing through Thailand's six main airports, all run by AoT, increased 8.8% in the first quarter to 19.62 million, with 12.15 million international travellers (up 6.2%) and 7.47 million domestic (up 13.3%).

Combined take-offs and landings were 9.1% higher at 123,890, comprising 69,923 international (up 9.5%) and 53,967 domestic (up 8.6%).

Total freight tonnage was up 7.9% to 382,200 tonnes, including 349,387 tonnes international (up 7.7%) and 32,813 domestic (up 10.7%).

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BKK expansion a must, IATA says Strained capacity will send flyers elsewhere

Published: 24/04/2012 at 02:36 AM Newspaper section: Business 0

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has warned that a failure to deal with capacity limits at Suvarnabhumi airport would lead to a loss of business to other hubs in the region.

The global airline industry body warned the Thai government to make aviation part of its national agenda and support it by urgently expanding airport infrastructure.

"Thai authorities should recognise that aviation is a key enabler of travel and tourism and contributes substantially to the Thai economy and employment," the air travel trade group said.

Citing a study completed by Oxford Economics, a global forecasting and research consultancy, IATA said Thailand needs to build a new terminal and runway at Suvarnabhumi to ensure it remains one of the region's main hubs.

Suvarnabhumi opened in 2006 but is already overcrowded, with close to 50 million passengers using the airport each year while the stated capacity is 45 million a year.

Airlines and the travelling public have been frustrated by congestion at the airport, which is only getting worse as traffic grows and as expansion programs are the delayed by political uncertainty.

IATA said Don Mueang airport can help in the short term, but that should not distract the country from developing Suvarnabhumi as the single hub for Bangkok.

It said a single hub allows passengers to make more convenient connections and it makes overall operations more efficient because airlines do not need to support the costs of duplicate infrastructure.

"These urgent expansion projects must be done in full consultation with the airline users to ensure that costs and designs are in line with the needs of those paying the bill _ the airlines.

"And we need consultation on airport and air navigation charges to keep flying to Thailand competitive," it said, referring to the study it commissioned Oxford Economics to carry out.

In the study, titled "Economic Benefits of Thailand's Aviation", the Oxford-based consulting group offered the following findings:

- The aviation sector contributes 139 billion baht to the Thai GDP, or 1.5% of the total, through the output of airlines, airports, ground services, their supply chains and the spending of those employed in the sector and in the supply chains.

- When taking into account aviation's support for tourism, the overall contribution rises to 818 billion baht, or 9% of the GDP.

- The aviation sector supports 393,000 jobs in Thailand, including jobs at airlines, airports and ground service providers and jobs created as a result of the spending of those employed in the sector and in its supply chains.

The study also found that in Thailand the average air transport services employee is approximately 5.5 times more productive than the average worker in the country.

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Suvarnabhumi expansion advances Capacity gain to 60m slated for 2018

Published: 27/04/2012 at 02:41 AM BANGKOKPOST

The long-awaited expansion of Suvarnabhumi Airport, which should have been completed by now, looks poised to commence this year.



A proposed schematic of airport expansion including the construction of a second passenger terminal (in pink) and 700-metre APM (in blue and red) blended with current facilities.

If all goes as planned, the 62.5-billion-baht programme, adding sorely needed capacity to the congested airport, will be a step closer to reality when a project management consultant (PMC) is appointed next month.

The Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) board is expected to endorse at its May 17 meeting one of the three firms vying for the lead role in the project.

The appointment of the PMC will get the expansion programme rolling and allow the next stages of development, such as finalising the design and choosing contractors, to begin, according to Somchai Sawasdeepon, general manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The process of selecting the PMC was delayed a number of times due to complications and technicalities.

In the first round of bidding, only one company submitted a proposal. A single participant in the selection process was deemed insufficient.

In the second round, two bidders entered but one was disqualified because of errors in the filing documents submitted, which again left only a single bidder.

The third round has attracted three firms _ PCBK International, Index International and TEAM Consulting Engineering and Management. The tender is for work AoT estimates will cost 763 million baht.

Mr Somchai, also senior executive vice-president of AoT, said the state-controlled airport is still evaluating the proposals from the three bidders.

The expansion of Suvarnabhumi, which was supposed to commence soon after the airport was opened in September 2006, has been delayed largely by the government's inability to formulate a long-term airport policy. It has been debating what to do with Don Mueang airport and whether the facility should be used to take the pressure off Suvarnabhumi.

No decision has been reached on the matter, but the Suvarnabhumi expansion programme was nevertheless given the go-ahead in August 2010 and has progressed quite slowly since then.

The construction required to increase capacity will take six years, though Mr Somchai told the Bangkok Post that AoT, realising the urgency of enlarging the airport, will try to shorten the development period.

Congestion at Suvarnabhumi, one of Asia's busiest airports, has been worsening. The facility is currently running beyond its designed capacity of 45 million passengers per year.

Passenger throughput last year was 47.2 million and the number is expected to rise to 51 million this year.

Once completed, the expansion project will increase Suvarnabhumi's passenger handling capacity by 15 million to 60 million.

A basic blueprint for the expansion calls for the construction of a satellite passenger terminal linked to the current main passenger terminal by an automated people mover (APM). The plan also includes the extension of the existing main passenger terminal and car park buildings, though there will no third runway built.

The expansion will be true to the design and themes of the current terminal. According to the basic outline, the satellite terminal will have a total of 28 gates, with eight of them capable of handling the double-decker A380 superjumbo.

The future and current terminals will be linked by an underground tunnel, 51 metres in width and 700 metres in length.

Inside the tunnel, there will be the APM system, two service roads, two baggage conveyors and space for utilities.

The expansion programme will include a new 960,000-square-metre apron constructed for aircraft parking and manoeuvering.

The eastern end of the current passenger terminal will be extended by 135 metres and a new airline office building will be constructed.
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