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Thai Airways, One-Two-Go and Nok Air are prepared to move back to Don Muang Airport

Only three carriers including Thai Airways International are prepared to move their non-connecting domestic operations to Don Muang Airport, raising questions whether the shift would ease crowding at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The other two airlines that are prepared to move are the budget carriers One-Two-Go and Nok Air, whereas Thai AirAsia and Bangkok Airways have opted to remain at the new airport.

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Don Muang Airport re-opening approved

The board of Airports of Thailand approved the use of Don Muang airport for domestic flights with no international connections and set March 15th as the possible date for the relaunch of services at the old airport.

In an attempt to save costs from expanding Suvarnabhumi airport and to fully use its existing infrastructure, the board led by chairman Gen Saprang Kalayanamitr decided to move to Don Muang domestic flights with no connections to international routes operated by Thai Airways International (THAI) and no-frills carriers. Domestic flights with passengers connecting with international routes will remain at Suvarnabhumi.

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Bangkok Airport purchases NICE Systems surveillance equipment

NICE Systems (Nasdaq:NICE), the global provider of advanced solutions that enable organizations to extract Insight from Interactions(TM) to drive performance, today announced that it has received a 7-digit order for its advanced video recording solutions from Bangkok's new international airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand.

As part of its security infrastructure, the airport authorities purchased NiceVision Network Video IP recorders, through NICE business partner Vision & Security System (VSS), who implemented an integrated IP CCTV video system as part of a contract with main contractors Smart Comtech. The NICE solution is currently installed in five sites within the airport complex.

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New airlines eager to use Bangkok airport as their regional hub

Three months after its inauguration, Suvarnabhumi Airport is expected to handle 40 million passengers annually by 2010, as more airlines start using it as their regional hub.

According to the International Air Travel Association, Thailand's aviation industry will grow rapidly in line with the boom in air travel in the Asia Pacific region.

Thailand will gain directly from the new Bangkok airport, which is one of world's most modern, and has the added advantage of a good geographic location.

Chaisak Angkasuwan, director general of Department of Civil Aviation, said eight new airlines were being set up.

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Bangkok Airport gets ready for peak travel season

Suvarnabhumi Airport is bracing for a major test as the holiday travel season approaches its peak. An additional 32,000 passengers - 20,000 on international flights and 10,000 on domestic flights - are expected to pass through Bangkok's new airport between Dec 25 and Jan 5.

Twenty-eight airlines are adding a total of 274 air movements - both take-offs and landings - during the 12-day period, on top of the normal daily rate of 750-800 movements.

The additional movements would involve 123 international services and 151 domestic ones, according to Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT), the operator of Thailand's six major airports.

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Suvarnabhumi Airport awaits certification

Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi Airport must wait for permanent certification from Thailand's Department of Civil Aviation as the airport is still in the process of rectifying problems before the civil aviation authorities can certify its readiness to provide full capacity services to passengers, according to DCA director-general Chaisak Angkasuwan.

Mr. Chaisak said the DCA had granted an interim certification to Suvarnabhumi Airport earlier this year, giving operational permission to the new facility and that the certification will expire on January 25.

However, he said, Suvarnabhumi Airport cannot yet be given the permanent certification as the airport must make alterations regarding the revolving doors for entering the terminal building.

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Heightened security at Suvarnabhumi airport for the holidays

Security measures at Suvarnabhumi airport have been stepped up during the Christmas and New Year celebrations as more people are projected to travel during the festive season, senior officials said today.

Effective through New Year's Day, security measures at the airport will be tightened round-the-clock as more airport security, together with army and police personnel, will be posted there to provide security to local and foreign passengers, Chotisak Asapaviriya, president of Airports of Thailand Public Co., Ltd. (AOT).

Travellers should also beware of bogus guides and unauthorised limousines at the airport. They could be a threat because they are not registered with the airport, Mr. Chotisak said.

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Suvarnabhumi airport boosts security for New Year holiday

Security measures at Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi airport will be increased as it is expected that the passenger load will rise by about 10 per cent during the New Year holiday, according to airport general manager Somchai Sawasdeepon.

The current daily average passenger flow is about 100,000 persons while it is forecast that the overall number will rise 10 per cent from December 28 to January 3 as more people travel during the New Year holiday weekend, Mr. Somchai announced.

Airport officials increased the number of security staff assigned to the terminal and other areas during the peak New Year's holiday, the airport chief said, while additional police officers and Highway Department staff would also patrol the facility and help direct traffic near the airport, he said.

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Bangkok airport to introduce paperless customs system on January 1, 2007

Thai officials hope the introduction of Southeast Asia's first paperless customs system will prove a breakthrough in its ambitious plan to become a regional air logistics center to rival Singapore. The pioneering application of air cargo "e-customs" at Suvarnabhumi Airport, developed with co-operation between the Thai Customs Department and WFSPG Cargo Co, a cargo terminal operator, will significantly streamline the customs procedures for air freight.

The web-based information technology is saving a huge amount of paper, time, hassle and money normally spent on imports, exports and trans-shipment of goods through Bangkok's new airport.

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Duty-free retailer warned to respect customs regulations

The Excise Department has warned King Power Group to stick to the rules limiting the purchase of cigarettes and alcohol for travelers entering the country. A department source said the agency was worried about violations of the regulation as it had found that foreigners entering Thailand and also Thai citizens returning from overseas trips were allowed to buy cigarettes and alcohol beyond the limit, despite warnings to duty-free shops.

The duty-free shops at Suvarnabhumi airport are run by King Power.

Thailand allows people entering the country to buy only 10 packs of cigarettes and no more than one liter of alcohol.

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