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Old May 14th, 2012, 11:54 PM   #1741
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Thailand traffic surges

Published: 15/05/2012 at 02:24 AM

Suvarnabhumi Airport was among the top five airports in Asia Pacific with the highest passenger throughput in March.

Bangkok, Dubai and Jakarta all had over 4.7 million passengers, reported Airports Council International (ACI), with Beijing in first at 6.6 million and Tokyo (Haneda) second at 5.8 million.

Passenger traffic in the region continued to show strong and steady growth in March, with a 10.8% year-on-year rise for airports in Asia Pacific while Middle Eastern airports jumped 16.4%, noted the latest ACI Passenger and Freight Flash Reports.

Japanese airports have rebounded significantly from the East Japan earthquake and nuclear incident a year ago, said ACI. Narita increased 30.3% year-on-year, with Haneda up 28.8% and Osaka Kansai up 20.3%.

The first quarter showed promising 9.3% and 14.9% growth in passenger traffic for Asia Pacific and the Middle East, respectively, compared to the same period last year.

But air freight traffic in March remained sluggish.

Asia Pacific airports recorded negative percentages both year-on-year (-1.9%) and year-to-date (-1.3%).

Middle Eastern airports were doing slightly better with a 0.8% increase year-on-year and 2.6% increase year-to-date.

Similar to February, Hong Kong, Shanghai Pudong, Seoul Incheon, Narita and Dubai are the top five airports in the region for freight throughput.

Hong Kong handled over 368,000 tonnes of cargo in March.

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Old May 17th, 2012, 11:25 AM   #1742
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Suvarnabhumi Airport gets new screening zone

Published: 14/05/2012 at 10:06 AM

The Airports Authority of Thailand (AoT) has built a mezzanine floor at Suvarnabhumi Airport for its new passenger and baggage security screening zone.

According to AoT executive vice-president and deputy general manager of the airport Narongchai Tanadchangsaeng, the present area, which is located on the fourth floor of the departure hall and right after the passport control area, was too small and crowded.

"The new zone will be four-times bigger. We will expand it from the total 400m2 of two security checking points at the east and the west ends to 1,600m2 in total space," Narongchai said.

"The construction has just finished and will need a final check and equipment installation which will take a month or two," he said. The new passenger and baggage screening zone will be located before the passport control area requiring passengers to take an escalator up to another floor. They will then have to take an escalator down to proceed to the immigration counters.

The AoT expects that the slight expansion will give the airport more space for passengers, whose total number exceeded its 45 million capacity to 47 million passengers last year.

"Our main problem is to manage queues and waiting times at the passport control area, baggage X-ray zone and check-in area. We try to find solutions by applying new technology," he noted.

For example, the airport has recently introduced 16 autochannels for Thai passport holders and provided more staff to man every immigration counter during peak hours.

"We have already implemented body scanning for transit passengers. We also support airlines using mobile check-in and mobile boarding passes like Thai Airways offer for their domestic flights. The technology can help reduce the numbers of passengers standing in the queue at check-in counters," he said.

"The next step is to improve the baggage handling system. We want to have technology to inform passengers when their luggage will be delivered. I believe passengers will be less worried if they know how long they are going to wait for their luggage to arrive," he said.

In addition, AoT also has a plan to offer free wireless internet throughout the airport next year.

"Wi-fi is regarded as a basic infrastructure. Although we already have free internet corners, it will definitely be convenient for passengers if they can use their own devices like a smartphone, iPad or their notebook," he said.

The AoT is expected to allocate a budget for the service right after the existing internet concession with a private company will end next year.

Regarding the expansion issue of the airport, the AoT executive vice-president said it would start this year and is expected to be finished in 2017.

"AoT is in the process of selecting the project consultant. We already have the construction plan and will open for project bidding soon," he noted.

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Old May 29th, 2012, 09:29 PM   #1743
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AoT cuts flights during runway repair

Published: 29/05/2012 at 02:04 AM

Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) will curtail incremental scheduled and charter flights during the shutdown of one of the two runways at Suvarnabhumi airport for maintenance next month.

Seen here is a portion of the runway to be repaired at Suvarnabhumi airport starting on June 11 and scheduled to last for 60 days.

Somchai Sawasdeepon, general manager of the airport, said the restriction is meant to prevent flight congestion from worsening during the 60-day closure of the eastern runway for an overlay that is due to start on June 11.

Airlines are advised not to add more frequencies through Suvarnabhumi during this period, while charter operators are being told to stage their flights through Don Mueang, Bangkok's old airport.

Some operators want the work to be carried out after 10 carriers including Thai AirAsia move their bases from Suvarnabhumi to Don Mueang in July under a state policy of easing air traffic away from Suvarnabhumi.

Mr Somchai said there is no better time for AoT to carry out the work, which has already been postponed twice this year, as it coincides with low-season traffic situation.

The flight restrictions also comply with revised air traffic management to ease the strain on Suvarnabhumi, currently running beyond its original 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.

"We figure there should be 860 flights a day operating during the period [of runway maintenance], and the other runway can handle that traffic," he said.

But he said the 4,000-metre runway will not be entirely closed during the overlay but rather in sections, still allowing narrow-body jetliners to take off.

AoT has awarded a 138-million-baht contract to Thai Slurry Seal, an affiliate of Tipco Asphalt Co, to carry out the work by using an improved material, known as polymer modified asphalt, is supposed to be three to five years more durable than typical asphalt.

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Old May 30th, 2012, 01:22 PM   #1744
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Orient Thai Airlines on Tuesday launched a regular tourist chartered flight between the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan and Bangkok.


The new route will link the two tourist attractions of Bangkok and the provincial capital of Shanxi, which is known for its abundant coal resources and traditional Chinese cultural attractions, according to the Shanxi Civil Airport Group.


Using Boeing 733 aircraft, departures are scheduled for every six days starting from May 29.


The Bangkok-Taiyuan flight will take off from Bangkok at 1:40 p.m. local time, and arrive at Taiyuan at 6 p.m. Beijing time.


The Taiyuan-Bangkok flight will take off from Taiyuan at 7 p.m. Beijing time, and arrive at Bangkok at 11:20 p.m. local time.


The new route will increase the number of weekly flights from Taiyuan to Bangkok to three, meeting booming tourist demand.

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Old June 6th, 2012, 01:05 AM   #1745
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I am faced with an overnight layover in October as I fly the inauguaral TG A380 SIN-BKK flight and then the next morning onwards to HKG on another TG A380. What is the airport like in regard to 24hr foodoutlets, or lounges? Royal Silk Lounge must be 24hrs, right?

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Old June 14th, 2012, 10:06 AM   #1747
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I am faced with an overnight layover in October as I fly the inauguaral TG A380 SIN-BKK flight and then the next morning onwards to HKG on another TG A380. What is the airport like in regard to 24hr foodoutlets, or lounges? Royal Silk Lounge must be 24hrs, right?
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Old June 14th, 2012, 10:06 AM   #1748
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Airport on standby for snags as runway repair gets started

Published: 12/06/2012 at 08:07 AM

The two-month-long repair of the eastern runway of Suvarnabhumi airport began yesterday.

Airport authorities were on standby to try to ensure operations remain as smooth as possible during the disruption.

Airports of Thailand Plc (AOT) closed a 1.65km section at the northern end of the eastern runway for the repairs that are due to be completed on Aug 9.

In response to the work, Marisa Pongpattanapan, chairwoman of the Airline Operators Committee (AOC), said the panel would meet today to discuss the impacts and desired assistance from AOT.

The committee wants AOT to cut or waive fees if airlines have to use Don Mueang or other airports instead. The AOC has also proposed AOT adjust flight schedules to prevent delays. The panel is waiting for a response from AOT.

AOT has received proposals from the AOC which it will consider and the AOT board will have the final decision on the amount of compensation to be paid in the event of an emergency situation or if a flight has to use another airport.

AOT president Aniruth Thanomkulbut said the closure caused no problems during the day yesterday but the number of flights rose in the evening.

AOT has opened a command room on the third floor of the Suvarnabhumi terminal to solve any problems swiftly.

Mr Aniruth said the maintenance of the runways was necessary because they had been in use for six years.

Despite the closed section, the usable part of the 4km eastern runway remains 2.38km long and this is enough to let small planes and Airbus A320s take off.

An 870m part of the closed section will be repaired in 40 days. Afterwards, it will be reopened. Then, the usable length of the eastern runway will increase to 3.25km, which would be able to serve all sizes of commercial aircraft except Airbus A380 planes.

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Old June 21st, 2012, 11:30 AM   #1749
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Chinese airline to begin Wuhan-Bangkok flights
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WUHAN, June 21 (Xinhua) -- China Southern Airlines will launch direct services on July 5 between the city of Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, and Thailand's Bangkok.

Three round-trip flights will take off every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, according to a Thursday statement from the airline's Hubei branch.

The Wuhan-Bangkok flight will take off from Wuhan at 11:40 p.m. and arrive in Bangkok at 3:10 a.m. local time.

The Bangkok-Wuhan flight will take off from Bangkok at 4:10 p.m. local time and arrive in Wuhan at 7:40 a.m.

China Southern Airlines also plans to start offering five round-trip weekly flights between Wuhan and Singapore to accomodate booming outbound tourism during the summer season.
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 12:16 PM   #1750
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Old July 12th, 2012, 10:45 PM   #1751
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Suvarnabhumi finally scheduled to get third runway

Published: 13/07/2012 at 01:37 AM

The long delayed plan to build a third runway at Suvarnabhumi airport, code-named BKK, has been greenlit as authorities now see the urgency of addressing the airport's overcrowding.

Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) is setting the scheme into motion, which was initially planned for right after BKK opened in September 2006, following instruction from Transport Minister Jarupong Ruangsuwan.

There were multiple disruptions at BKK in the past month. A section of BKK's western runway subsided on July 5, which following the closure of the eastern runway for overlay since June 11 caused flight delays. Then on June 21, the radar system broke down from 6.14 to 7.12pm, crippling flights and causing diversions to other airports.

BKK has been operating beyond its 45-million-passenger-per-year capacity for two years, and a third runway is slated to take six years to build.

There will be a number of bureaucratic steps _ approval from the AoT board, the National Economic and Social Development Board, the environmental regulating body and the cabinet _ before construction can start, said Somchai Sawasdeepon, BKK general manager.

Without giving a specific time frame, the Transport Minister told AoT to complete the new runway as soon as possible, although AoT said it should be up and running in 2018.

The third runway would be 400 metres in length, paved with 73-cm thick bitumen, and run parallel to Kingkaew road. Construction should take 30 months.

The estimated cost is 13 billion baht, with 7.8 billion going towards compensating some 4,000 households affected by the construction, while the construction cost itself is 3.6 billion baht.

The airport chief conceded the third runway may not provide much relief for BKK's congestion anytime soon but will smooth traffic when BKK's two existing runways are under maintenance.

With the third runway, BKK would be able to handle up to 88 take-offs and landings per hour, up from 76 with the two existing runways both operating.

"The move is long overdue and I think AoT should take every opportunity to make sure the runway is available by 2018," said Marisa Pongpattanapun, chairwoman of the Airline Operators Committee.

The tentative 2018 date of the third runway could mean it would be completed the same time as the long-delayed 62.5-billion-baht BKK expansion that began just over a month ago.

EPM Consortium was appointed project management consultant on May 29 for a scheme to raise the airport's passenger handling capacity by 33% over the next six years to 60 million passengers a year.

Even when expansion is complete in 2017, BKK's capacity will still lag projected traffic volume, say industry analysts.

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Old July 18th, 2012, 05:25 PM   #1752
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Suvarnabhumi Airport's eastern runway back in service

BANGKOK, July 18 - Suvarnabhumi Airport's 870 metre eastern runway was returned to service Wednesday, according to representatives of Airports of Thailand (AoT) and Aeronautical Radio of Thailand at a press conference held by the two organisations.

A 1.62km section of the runway has been closed for repairs since June 11.

Since opening today between 11am and 3pm, the eastern runway served over 20 flights. Almost all types of aircraft can take off from the runway, except the Airbus A380.

Flying Officer Anirut Thanomkulbutra, Airports of Thailand (AoT) president, believed the re-opening will help reduce and ultimately eliminate flight delays.

The AoT president assured the public that the runway repairs are expected to be completed July 31, ten days earlier than the originally scheduled Aug 9.

During the first week of eastern runway repairs at Suvarnabhumi, some 104 flights were delayed daily, with an average delay of 20-30 minutes for each flight.

Earlier this month, portions of the airport's western runway subsided by about 5cm deep and 60cm wide and long due to heavy use. During temporary repairs, 11 flights were redirected to other airports including Don Mueang and U-Tapao.

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Old July 26th, 2012, 10:48 PM   #1753
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Old July 28th, 2012, 09:11 PM   #1754
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Government speeds up measures to ease Suvarnabhumi congestion

BANGKOK, July 27 – Thailand’s air transport-related agencies are speeding up measures to reduce congestion at the capital’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, Civil Aviation Department (CAD) Director-General Voradech Hanprasert said today.

Representatives from the department, Aeronautical Radio of Thailand, Airports of Thailand (AoT), and other concerned parties met to speed action on the issue, Mr Voradech said.

Officially, the interagency report is proceeding through Transport Minister Jarupong Ruangsuwan to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatr for prompt action.

One short-term measure to deal with the congestion includes more staffing at airport immigration arrival and departure channels, while Aeronautical Radio of Thailand is to increase air traffic control flights from 55 to 68 per hour, starting today.

According to the meeting's result, incentives to attract airlines to use the airport during 2-5am should be implemented to ease the congestion there.

Airport fees, as collected by AoT, for take-off and landing, and for aircraft parking will be reduced 95 per cent during such period.

The Civil Aviation Department chief said the meeting called on AoT to speed up using its passenger screening system to improve passenger flow and reduce congestion at the airport, and asked for time management to be improved in accordance with international standards for both departing and arriving passengers.

Mr Voradech said AoT must see passengers to the aircraft within one hour, and release them from the airport to the city within 45 minutes.

Concerning long-term measures, Airports of Thailand is asked to speed up Suvarnabhumi Airport's expansion Phase II to support more passengers in the future.

Some 54 million passengers are expected to use the airport in 2017. (MCOT online news)

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Old July 31st, 2012, 05:44 PM   #1755
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Airports of Thailand: Suvarnabhumi's eastern runway returned to service

BANGKOK, July 31 – Repairs on Suvarnabhumi Airport's damaged eastern runway finished earlier than scheduled and it was returned to full operational service at noon today, according to Airports of Thailand (AOT) President Aniruth Thanomkulbut.

A1.62km section of the 4km runway had been closed since June 11 for repairs. The runway's closure had resulted in heavy congestion at the two-runway airport.

The runway repairs were completed today, ten days ahead of the Aug 9 deadline, the AOT chief said.

Mr Anirut said he believed the return to full service will help reduce and eventually eliminate flight delays.

During the first week of repairs on the eastern runway, some 104 flights were delayed daily, with an average delay of 20-30 minutes for each flight.

Since reopening today, the eastern runway is now capable of servicing 76 flights per hour as it used to be. It can accommodate all types of aircraft. (MCOT online news)

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Old September 4th, 2012, 09:25 PM   #1757
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Suvarnabhumi expansion to accelerate, finish in 2016

Published: 4/09/2012 at 01:57 AM

Airports of Thailand Plc is speeding up completion of the Suvarnabhumi expansion by one year, to March 2016, to arrest the fast-growing traffic through the country's gateway airport.

The state-controlled airport operator's board on Thursday endorsed the expedited timeline for the 62.5-billion-baht scheme, which will now be completed in 58 months instead of 70.

The acceleration is in line with a directive by the Transport Ministry, which wants to see added capacity available ahead of time to deal with the annual double-digit growth in passenger traffic expected in the next several years.

The speed-up will not compromise the scale and quality of the Phase 2 expansion or incur additional costs, Somchai Sawasdeepon, general manager of Suvarnabhumi airport, said yesterday.

Periods required for each phase of work will be slashed, procedures for purchasing and hiring shortened, and construction sped up, he explained.

But the acceleration will only mean catching up with surging traffic demand, as by 2016 the increased capacity will be entirely consumed by the expected demand during that year.

The full reactivation of the old Don Mueang airport, in phases beginning next month, should relieve some traffic congestion.

The Phase 2 expansion will raise Suvarnabhumi's passenger handling capacity to 60 million passengers a year from 45 million now.

Last year, 48 million travellers passed through Suvarnabhumi, and the number is likely to reach 52.2 million this year.

Under the expansion plan, a satellite terminal will be built with 28 gates, eight of which will be able to handle 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 will be an automated people mover, two service roads, two baggage conveyors and space for utilities.

The expansion scheme will include a new 960,000-square-metre apron for aircraft parking and manoeuvring.

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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Aerothai plans Suvarnabhumi upgrade B4bn to help airport adapt to rising traffic

Published: 28/09/2012 at 08:09 AM Newspaper section: News

Aeronautical Radio of Thailand Co (Aerothai) will spend more than 4 billion baht over the next three years to improve how it directs air traffic coming in and out of Suvarnabhumi airport.

Flights at the country's main airport have increased steadily from 420,000 in 2010 to 470,000 last year.

The figure is expected to exceed 500,000 flights by the end of this year.

Aerothai president Sqn Ldr Prajak Sajjasopon said the rate of aviation expansion has prompted the company to develop infrastructure to improve the efficiency of air traffic control.

In the past, when comparatively few flights landed and took off all over the world including in Bangkok, air traffic controllers used only red and green flags and laid T-shaped white fabrics to direct traffic.

Controllers simply raised their flags to determine wind direction.

This practice of the past is no longer relevant with aircraft that are more advanced and air traffic volumes that are rising. Aerothai's three-year plan includes a 2.17 billion baht air traffic management centre at its headquarters in Bangkok, a new communication navigation surveillance/air traffic management system worth 1.59 billion baht and a high-performance test airplane which costs around 700 million baht.

The company will also improve its systems and equipment at its regional offices in Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok, Phuket and Songkhla, and upgrade the information systems of its air traffic control tower at Suvarnabhumi, Sqn Ldr Prajak said.

Aerothai is also preparing for the single aviation market of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) once the regional bloc is formed in 2015.

The increase in flights at Suvarnabhumi is partly due to the growing popularity of low-cost airlines which make air travel cheaper. Air traffic controllers base traffic management of aircraft on a first-come, first-served basis, while also taking into account the distances, locations, directions, sizes and altitudes of aircraft.

They have to ensure the right degree of separation between incoming and outgoing flights to guarantee safety while at the same time making sure passengers do not have to wait too long for takeoff or landing.

Aircraft taking off in the same direction are separated by two minutes. Aircraft taking off in different directions are separated by one minute. A light airplane must wait two minutes before taking off after a bigger plane. A high-speed heavy plane must wait three minutes before taking off after a plane with a propeller.

For landings, separations take into account possible dangers from wingtip vortices. A light plane when landing must follow a heavy plane with a separation of six nautical miles.

The separations are five nautical miles between a medium plane following a light plane, four nautical miles between a medium plane following a heavy plane and three nautical miles between planes of the same size.

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