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Suvarnabhumi Airport closed for security reasons

For security reasons Suvarnabhumi Airport will be closed from 9pm Tuesday, November 25th onwards after anti-government protesters blocked entrance of the airport.

Acting Airports of Thailand (AoT) president and Acting Suvarnabhumi Airport Director Serirat Prasutanont announced shortly after 9pm on Tuesday that the airport cancelled all departing flights.

For the time being incoming flights are still arriving, but airport operations have been greatly disrupted.

Hotline number for airport inquiries: 02-1321882 and 02-1321888.

Thai Airways flight information number: 02-3561111.

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Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

Bangkok's popular Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel is celebrating its second anniversary on a high note after an award-winning year.

Novotel Suvarnabhumi was Accor Group's second major airport hotel in Asia following the opening of Novotel Citygate near Hong Kong International Airport. Since its grand opening in September 2006, the four-star Novotel Suvarnabhumi - in a prime location with amenities galore - hasn't disappointed.

In July, Novotel Suvarnabhumi was awarded the prestigious "Best Airport Hotel" at the TravelWeekly (Asia) Industry Awards 2008 in Singapore. The award recognizes the best in the Asian travel industry, acknowledging their contributions to tourism and hospitality.

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Suvarnabhumi Airport Expansion Planned

The long-awaited expansion of Suvarnabhumi Airport has been set in motion now that Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) has agreed to proceed with the 78-billion-baht project.

The majority state-owned and SET-listed airport operator's board last Friday endorsed the Phase 2 development and will soon seek final consent from the Transport Ministry and the cabinet.

The expansion, which was supposed to have begun shortly after the airport opened in September 2006, would increase the passenger handling capacity of Thailand's gateway airport by 33%, to 60 million in the next six years from 45 million currently.

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Singapore Airlines Opens SilverKris Lounge At Suvarnabhumi Airport

Singapore Airlines’ premium customers can now enjoy the luxurious facilities in the newly-opened SilverKris Lounge at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok.

The 313 square metre SilverKris Lounge has a capacity of 102 seats. It is located on Level 3 Concourse A, after the immigrations area.

The Lounge is designed in modern-contemporary style, with walls decorated in rich timber, with full–height fabric-laminated glass panels to enhance privacy. The high ceiling gives a sense of space, while full-length windows allow customers to enjoy tranquil views of the garden outside, as they relax in seats upholstered in nature-touch fabric or rich leather.

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Suvarnabhumi Airport railway link set to open early 2009

(TNA) – The long-delayed Suvarnabhumi airport railway link project is expected to be completed by the end of this year and to open for service early 2009, according to the project manager.

Speaking after leading a media tour to observe construction progress, Banjongsak Panthon, project manager and engineer, said the civil engineering portions of the airport railway link project is some 78.5 per cent complete and that the electrical and mechanical portions are about 80 per cent ready.

He said there is much progress in the construction of the station and railway system, with Tub Chang Station set to become the first to be completed in July. Now, it is 60 per cent complete.

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Airport Link Trains to Arrive in October

(TNA) – Two trains of an overall nine for the Bangkok to Suvarnabhumi Airport rail link project will arrive at Laem Chabang port in the eastern province of Chonburi mid-October, according to Mr. Bancha Kongnakorn, Acting Governor of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT).

The first batch of eight carriages manufactured by Siemens is scheduled to arrive on October 15.

Earlier, senior SRT officials travelled to Germany to check the completion of the trains.

On November 9, Transport Minister Thira Haocharoen and Deputy Transport Minister Sansern Wongcha-um will hold a press conference on the Suvarnabhumi airport rail link project.

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Thai Airways Receives Best First Class Lounge Award

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited received the Best First Class Lounge Award 2007 from Skytrax’s 2006/7 World Airline Survey. Mr. Edward Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax survey organization, said, "THAI’s new Royal First Class Lounge at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport has the most extensive choice of options to satisfy passenger demand, and combines these facilities with exclusive staff service attention to offer what our respondents name as the world’s Best."

In addition, Skytrax awarded THAI second place under the Best Airline of the Year 2007 category, up from fourth place in 2006.

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Suvarnabhumi Airport Safe From Floods

Thailand's Royal Irrigation Department (RID) will dredge 17 canals to increase the efficiency of drainage systems around Suvarnabhumi airport, announcing its confidence that the showcase airport won't be affected by floods this year.

Chairing a meeting on the drainage system around Suvarnabhumi airport, Royal Irrigation Department director-general Samart Chokkanapitak said the meeting resulted from the Prime Minister's assignment.

Mr. Samart said he was confident that there will not be high water problems at or around the new international airport, which is quite important to the economy, and that waterflow and drainage conditions will be closely monitored.

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British Airways and Qantas Open New Business Lounge at Bangkok Airport

Qantas and British Airways today opened their new Bangkok Business Lounge overlooking the gardens at Survarnabhumi Airport.

Qantas and British Airways Manager Thailand Julianne Rogers said the stylish and contemporary new lounge blends world-class comforts with uniquely Thai touches.

“One of the first things travellers will notice is the stylish, innovative design, featuring luxurious furniture from some of the world’s most renowned manufacturers including Morosso, B&B and Italia Vitta,” said Ms Rogers.

The new stylish and contemporary lounge was designed by renowned Australian-based Woods Bagot. World class finishes include Tai Ping wool carpets from Hong Kong, Florence Broadhurst designed wall coverings. Jim Thompson silk window treatments and wall panels combined with natural timber wall panels help to create a luxurious feeling of warmth and comfort.

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Bangkok Airports to Start Enforcing Ban on Liquids, Aerosols and Gels

Thailand will start enforcing new restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels in hand-carried luggage on all commercial flights departing from airports nationwide in the next few weeks.

Thailand is the latest Asian country to begin applying the security measures suggested by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) following the discovery of a terrorist plot in Britain last year.

Major Asian air hubs such as South Korea’s Incheon International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport implemented the measures earlier this year, while Singapore Changi Airport is due to apply them from May 8.

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