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Public Taxi Stands Will Relocate to The Second Floor (Arrivals Level)

Suvarnabhumi airport is preparing to relocate public taxi stands to the second floor of the main airport building, on the same floor as the arrivals terminal, pushing out influential private limousine operators.

Suvarnabhumi airport director Serirat Prasutanond said yesterday that taxi stands would move up from the frontal road on the first floor of the passenger terminal to the second floor after the Songkran festival ends on April 17.

Passengers arriving at the airport exit from immigration and customs checks on the second floor of the new Bangkok airport building.

Mr Serirat said the new system was in line with the original plans set out for transport services at the Suvarnabhumi airport.


Thai AirAsia To Stay At Suvarnabhumi Airport

Thai AirAsia will be the only low-cost airline operating both domestic and international flights from the Suvarnabhumi International Airport when Bangkok's Don Muang reopens for operation on Sunday.

Thai AirAsia chief executive officer, Tassapon Bijleveld, said staying at the new airport would offer travel convenience to thousands of its passengers.

"By making Suvarnabhumi our hub for all flights, we will make air travel easier for our guests. We offer them access to the AirAsia network, and convenience in connecting to domestic and international flights," he said here today.


Nok Air Will Move All Flights to Don Muang on March 24th, 2007

Nok Air will shift all of its 58 daily flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport back to Don Muang on March 24, 2007 one day ahead of the Don Muang's official reopening.

The Thai Airways International (THAI) subsidiary will man eight check-in and three ticket-sales counters there. Two of the ticketing counters will be located on the departure level and the other one in the arrival hall.

The budget airline yesterday said two flights from Hat Yai, two from Phuket, one from Nakhon Si Thammarat and one from Chiang Mai were scheduled to land at Don Muang on the night of March 24.


Bumrungrad and Samitivej Hospitals to Provide Medical Services at Bangkok Airport

Bangkok's private hospitals are moving to maximize their presence at the new airport and to bring in new business.

Bumrungrad International last week opened a new airport service centre at Suvarnabhumi, while Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital is scheduled to open the first medical center to be run by a private hospital at the airport next week.

Centrally located in section C of the arrival hall and next to the Tourism Authority of Thailand counter, the Bumrungrad Airport Service Center provides mainly information and ground support services for its inbound patients in a stylish, business-class lounge setting. The center complements a long list of services the hospital currently offers international patients, which include on-site serviced apartments, visa extensions and interpreters.


Don Muang Airport re-opening March 25th 2007

Services for domestic direct flights at former Bangkok international airport at Don Muang can start from March 25, a senior official affirmed Sunday.

Flight Lieutenant Pinit Saraithong, general manager of Don Muang Airport, said senior officials from both Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports met Friday and agreed that airlines which are operating domestic direct flights at Suvarnabhumi could start operations at Don Muang from March 25 on a voluntary basis. International flights can also switch to operate at Don Muang if they wish.

He said repairs on the western flank of the runway at Don Muang, closed since the opening of the new Suvarnabhumi in late September last year, could be finished on March 2.


New Airport to Stay Open; Some Domestic Flights to Return to Don Muang

BANGKOK, Feb 16 – Capping a period in growing confusion over the status of Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont confirmed Friday that the new facility will not be closed as earlier feared but the number of daily flights will be reduced due to partial repairs of the new airport.

"Initially some non-connecting domestic flights will return to Don Muang airport next month on a voluntary basis while one runway at Suvarnabhumi, as well as its tarmacs and passenger terminal, will undergo repairs and improvement shortly," the prime minister said.

Gen. Surayud added that he assigned the Transport Ministry to conduct a study and come up with a proposal within six months on whether any additional flights should be transferred to Don Muang.


Star Alliance Airlines to Remain at Suvarnabhumi Airport

Star Alliance has thrown its support behind Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi Airport as remaining the hub of operations for its nine member airlines, the alliance said Friday. Only a few budget airlines want to operate from Don Muang.

"We fully endorse the policy of our home carrier and founding member, Thai Airways International, to retain its hub operations at Suvarnabhumi Airport," Jaan Albrecht, Star Alliance chief executive officer, said in a press statement made available Friday.


Thai Airways international flights to stay at Suvarnabhumi

BANGKOK, Feb 15 – State-owned Thai Airways International has decided to maintain its international fleet at Bangkok’s new Suvarnabhumi airport despite the government plan to reopen Don Muang as a second international hub.

At the board of directors’ meeting Wednesday, THAI chairman ACM Chalit Pukbhasuk said the airline had resolved not to transfer its international fleets to Don Muang as the move would send costs spiraling.

The national flag carrier had invested over Bt16 billion in facilities and equipment at the new airport which opened in late September.

The announcement came two days after the committee investigating problems at Suvarnabhumi had concluded that the damage to the taxiways and a runway was less serious than expected. The airport is likely to stay open while repairs are carried out to mend the cracks on the taxiways and the runway.


Don Muang to re-open in March

BANGKOK, February 8th - Don Muang airport will probably re-open with one domestic and one international terminal in 45 days - in time for the start of summer flight schedules, transport authorities said yesterday. Deputy Transport Minister Sansern Wongchaum and executives of Airports of Thailand (AoT) were speaking while inspecting Don Muang airport yesterday. Mr Sansern said Don Muang was ready to take over some flights from Suvarnabhumi, now under repair, and preparations have begun to enable it to resume services in 45 days.

The old airport has two international terminals and one domestic terminal.


Thai cabinet approves 2 international airports in Bangkok

BANGKOK, February 6 - Thailand's government in its weekly cabinet meeting Tuesday agreed to reopen the former Don Muang airport for both domestic and international flights, making it an additional international airport to supplement the problem-plagued new Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont told reporters after the meeting that the cabinet resolution to let Bangkok have two international airports is to cater for growing number of passengers.

During this time Don Muang airport must be readied as another international airport, the prime minister said, without giving further detail.

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