New Bangkok International Airport (Suvarnabhumi) is open for all domestic and international flights

Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) is officially open. All domestic and international flights now arrive to and depart from the new airport.

Latest News: All Thai Airways domestic and international flights now operate from Suvarnabhumi airport.

Novotel Suvarnabhumi hotel is open for business

The official hotel of Bangkok’s new Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, opened September 1st in preparation for the official opening of the airport on September 28th.

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Bangkok Airways starts flying from Suvarnabhumi Airport on September 21st, 2006

Bangkok Airways announced it will take off at the Suvarnabhumi Airport from September 21st onwards – a week prior to the official opening of the mega airport on September 28th. This first phase of the Boutique Airline’s operation will include flights to and from Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Samui, Jinghong (Xixuangbanna), and Shenzhen. For more information visit: Bangkok Airways.

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Jetstar Asia moves to Suvarnabhumi airport on September 15th, 2006

One of the leading low-cost airlines, Jetstar Asia, is moving to the Suvarnahumi Airport on September 15th, 2006. Jetstar Asia will be the first foreign airline to use Suvarnabhumi Airport, flying from Singapore three times a day.

Why is Jetstar moving to the Suvarnabhumi airport ahead of other airlines?
Jetstar has elected to move to this brand new airport on 15th September 2006, to ensure a smooth transition ahead of other airlines. Suvarnabhumi Airport is the new international airport for Bangkok. All airlines must move to this new airport by 28th September 2006.

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Domestic flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Phitsanulok, Ubon Ratchathani, and Chiang Mai start on September 15, 2006

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited will begin operating domestic flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport on 3 routes, at a total of 5 flights, on the route Bangkok – Phitsanulok (3 flights), Bangkok – Ubon Ratchathani (1 flight), and Bangkok – Chiang Mai (1 flight), effective September 15th, 2006 onwards.

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The mammoth task of moving an airport

As the opening date for Bangkok's new airport nears, preparations are being finalised for one of the largest logistical operations in global aviation history moving millions of tonnes of aircraft and equipment from Don Muang to Suvarnabhumi within roughly 12 hours.

There have been a number of recent airport moves in the Asia-Pacific: Seoul, Hong Kong airport, Nagoya and Kuala Lumpur airport - but none involved the volume of equipment in an airport the size of Don Muang, believed to be the largest in the Asia-Pacific in terms of aircraft movement.

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