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Travelers' assistance center opens at Bangkok airport for New Year's holiday

Having high expectations that large numbers of foreign tourists and local travelers would be traveling by air during the New Year weekend holiday, the management of Suvarnabhumi Airport will offer special traveler's assistance next week, Somchai Sawasdeepon, general manager of the airport, said Sunday.

The travelers center will be on the seventh floor of the passenger terminal building as airport officials believe that the airport will be more crowded with the greatest number passengers at any given time since it opened commercially September 28, Mr. Somchai said.

Services at the reception center include advice on facilities available at the airport, flight timetables, prevention of luggage delays and providing sufficient transportation facilities, he said.

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New parking fees at Bangkok airport starting 16 December 2006

Car parking fees at the airport will increase starting with a minimum parking charge of

  • 25 baht for the first hour
  • 50 baht for two hours
  • 80 baht for three hours
  • 110 baht for four hours
  • 145 baht for five hours
  • 180 baht for six hours
  • Maximum fee for 24-hour parking will be 250 baht.

For motorcycles

  • Parking for the first to sixth hour will be 10 baht per hour, with a maximum 24-hour charge of 70 baht.

Security officers will be stationed at all parking buildings to prevent theft.

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No housing zone grows to 10km around Suvarnabhumi Airport

The no-housing zone surrounding Suvarnabhumi airport has been extended from a radius of 8km to 10km as a long-term solution to aircraft noise pollution, Deputy Transport Minister Sansern Wongchaum said yesterday. Mr Sansern said the meeting on management of the airport vicinity, which he chaired, agreed yesterday that residents in the designated areas would be subject to expropriation, which would be carried out on a voluntary basis.

The exact area covered in a radius from the airport's centre and the number of affected homes had yet to be determined.

Mr Sansern said the announcement prohibiting housing within 8km of the airport had been in place since 1992 and reiterated on many occasions, but it had never been taken seriously. He said the aircraft noise since the opening of the airport had made areas in the vicinity unfit for residential purposes. Land prices have plunged by up to 80% as a result.

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Biggest passenger plane, Airbus A380, lands at Bangkok Airport

The world's largest commercial passenger plane, the Airbus A380, touched down at Bangkok's new airport Tuesday, after an 11 hour, 35 minute flight from Toulouse, France, for its first trip to Thailand.

Airbus officials have said they expect the A380 to be certified as airworthy by the end of this year after the 555-seat plane completed its trial flights on Nov. 30.

During the trials, the plane traveled about 127,788 kilometers (69,000 nautical miles) in some 152 flight hours over 18 days, with stops at 10 airports in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Bangkok Airways opens the “Blue Ribbon Club” lounge at Suvarnabhumi Airport

Bangkok Airways announced the opening of its business class, or the “Blue Ribbon Club” (BRC), lounge for the international departure at the Concourse A, Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The BRC lounge, located on the 3nd floor within Bangkok Airways’ Boutique lounge, is designed for comfort with a cutting-edge oriental touch. Lodged within the embrace of 250-sqm hall, the lounge is equipped with soul-healing music, courtesy corner with various kinds of snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, hi-speed internet corner with wireless connection, cable TV, reading corner, and a playground for kids. In the near future, additional services including massage therapy and shower rooms will be provided for more comfortable traveling experience.

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Nesac calls for extended airport railway link

The National Economic and Social Advisory Council (Nesac) yesterday urged that a complete airport link be built between Bangkok's electric railways and Suvarnabhumi. Nesac's working group on infrastructure development, led by Opas Tepalakul, asked Transport Minister Theera Haocharoen to consider building a complete airport link by extending the Red Line from Rangsit to Bang Sue to connect with the Makkasan-Suvarnabhumi railway.

The "missing link" from Bang Sue to Makkasan is only 3.5km long.

The minister said even though he agreed with the proposal, there were some technical problems as the government had opted to start with other lines that were ready for construction.

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DHL launches new hub at Bangkok's international airport

Global logistics giant DHL launched its 22-million-dollar hub on Monday at Bangkok`s new international airport as part of the company`s strategy to boost its growth in Southeast Asia.

"We consider Thailand as the gateway to Indochina," Scott Price, CEO of DHL Express for Asia and the Pacific, told a news conference at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, which opened in late September.

DHL`s 12,000 square meter (129,000 square feet) cargo facility at Suvarnabhumi is five times larger than its former facility at the old Don Muang airport and has the capacity to handle more than 23,000 pieces per hour, the company said.

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Suvarnabhumi airport plans to reduce aircraft noise and change landing routes

Suvarnabhumi airport will place noise restrictions on all planes and plans to adjust the landing routes of aircraft to help ease noise pollution affecting local residents, officials said yesterday. Supat Wangwongwatana, deputy chief of the Pollution Control Department, said the agency had agreed with the Civil Aviation Department to ban all aircraft violating noise level limits currently set at 103 decibels by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

"The Aviation Department will make an announcement this week to inform all airlines," Mr Supat said. "Airlines will have to show us noise certificates that their aircraft meet the regulations."

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Bangkok airport traffic up 13.2% during January to September 2006

The number of passengers using Thailand's five biggest airports rose by 13.2% to 38.52 million during the first nine months of the year, Airports of Thailand said Tuesday.

The statistics did not include the impact from the opening of Suvarnabhumi Airport, which only opened on September 28 and has not yet reported any statistics.

The number of passengers who used Bangkok's now-shuttered Don Muang airport was 31.46 million in the first nine months, up 10.8 percent over last year, according to AOT, which operates the facility.

The amount of cargo was also up 6.2 percent to 936,948 tonnes.

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Suvarnabhumi Airport poised to become regional cargo hub

Able to move six million tonnes of freight per year, Suvarnabhumi Airport--which began full commercial operations September 28--is on its way to becoming Southeast Asia's regional cargo hub.

Supachai Kaewsiri, director of the Information Technology Division of Thai Airport Ground Services (TAGS), said that his firm has invested Bt700 million in establishing its Airport Cargo Community System (ACCS) connected with the cargo network of the newly opened airport in Bangkok.

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