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Old July 15th, 2009, 07:13 AM   #281
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Airlines hope rail link ready on time

By: Bangkokpost.com
Published: 14/07/2009 at 08:59 PM


International airlines urged the government to ensure that the long-delayed airport link project is up and running at its latest promised date in order to complement efforts to make Suvarnabhumi Airport an air hub.

"The sooner the system is opened, the better,'' said Jaiyavat Navaraj, chairman of the Airline Operators Committee (AOC), which represents more than 80 international airlines operating through Suvarnabhumi.

The 26-billion-baht rapid transit system that stretches 28 km from Bangkok's international airport to Makkasan has suffered multiple delays.

Current opposition by the State Railway of Thailand's union to setting up a subsidiary company to operate the line has created doubts about whether it can start operations by the second quarter of next year, the latest promised date.

The system will provide an efficient transport option between Suvarnabhumi and the city centre for some 50,000 passengers and 15,000 airline staff and airport workers who need to commute every day and endure the frustrations of long bus waits and unscrupulous taxi drivers, said Mr Jaiyavat.

But Walter Gintschel, the operation specialist for the airport link system, expressed confidence on Tuesday that the system would be ready for a trial run in early December this year, a process that takes about three months, before the line opens for public service in April.

System contractors B.Grimm, Siemens and Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction are putting the final touches on the system and the train is actually running back and forth to test the line, the German train expert said.

Many of the nearly 180 international airline staff who were given the chance to try the rail system from the airport to Makkasan on Tuesday morning said they were pleased with the train's performance and are looking forward to using it soon.

The government has tentatively fixed the airport rail link fare at 150 baht per person per trip on the express line, which does not make stops between the airport and Makkasan city terminal, a journey that takes 15 minutes.

The planned fare for the city line, which stops at the six stations along the way with a total running time of 30 minutes, is 45 baht for a single ride.
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Old July 15th, 2009, 09:22 PM   #283
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Airport rail link fully operational from March

THE NATION Published on July 15, 2009


The Airport Rail Link is expected to start running commercially next March.

Jaiyavat Navaraj, area station manager for Thailand, Sri Lanka and the Maldives at Austrian Airlines and chairman of the Airline Operators Committee (AOC), said the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) had confirmed to the AOC it would conduct a full trial of the system from December.

The test will take three months to complete. If all goes smoothly, the Airport Rail Link will begin official operations next March.

Some 160 representatives of the AOC, which consists of 81 airlines and 21 non-airline agencies, yesterday participated in an SRT test run held to demonstrate the rail-link system to members.

The elevated system will link Suvarnabhumi Airport with the City Air Terminal in Bangkok's Makkasan area. A non-stop express train will cost Bt150, while the City Line, which will stop at each station, will cost Bt15 to Bt45, depending on distance travelled.

Representatives of international airlines believe if well managed, the Makkasan venue could help ease passenger traffic at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The airlines have also asked the SRT to extend the rental-fee waiver for their check-in counter space at the City Air Terminal by more than a year from the original one-year period, Jaiyavat said.

He said the AOC felt confident about the rail-link system and its facilities, from the passenger check-in counters in the City Air Terminal and the luggage X-ray system to the transport of luggage to Suvarnabhumi and the security system.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 01:34 PM   #284
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 03:00 PM   #287
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 07:47 PM   #288
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That second last picture shows one hell of a climb. I take it though the picture is 'lying' and it isn't anywhere near as bad as it looks?
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ARL Airport rail link update
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City Line Platform

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End of City Line Concourse Where it is supposed to be a connection to MRT

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Old July 27th, 2009, 07:01 AM   #293
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That's quite a drop!

Too bad it won't be open when I visit Thailand.
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