Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link to open in December

Direct express rail service linking Suvarnabhumi Airport to downtown Bangkok will commence in December, 2009, with the public getting free rides for one month.

Tawanrat Ornsira, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Transport Ministry and chairman of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) board, said Wednesday that construction of the direct Airport Link, a 28-km rail link between Suvarnabhumi and the City Air Terminal in Bangkok’s Makkasan area, is now 98 per cent complete. The builder is expected to hand over the Airport Link to the SRT in September.

After the official handover, the rail link’s security system will be inspected and tested prior to launching a one-month period of free rides starting from December 5, according to Mr. Tawanrat.

Evaluation of the project will be carried out early next year, as the trial period for the Airport Link service will be conducted for three months before full service is initiated, expected to be in March.

The Airport Rail Link is owned and will be operated by SRT, through a subsidiary company, which will administer the overall operations.

According to a preliminary study, the fare for an express trip will be Bt150 per person, while fares for the City Line commuter trips, will vary from Bt30-50 per passenger.

Transport for airport express riders and local commuters will run on the same track with the same equipment, but with a staggered schedule.

Premium-fare express services will run on the hour between Suvarnabhumi Airport and City Air Terminal, while the City Line service will stop at six local stations along the route.