Bangkok’s new international airport – Suvarnabhumi – opened officially on September 28th with the touchdown at 03:02 of a Lufthansa cargo plane.
The airport is set to become one of the world’s most important aviation hubs, and with Bangkok a key hub for flights to Europe, the Middle East, the Indochina region and the rest of Asia, the airport opening will have particular significance for travellers from Australia. In particular, it will open up new stop-over destinations in Thailand, such as Pattaya, which will now be just 1½ hours from Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Initially, Suvarnabhumi Airport is expected to handle up to 45 million passengers annually, based on two parallel runways with a total capacity of 76 flights per hour. Upon full completion, it will have four runways ankd passenger terminals capable of handling 100 million movements a year.