The next 24 hours will require the activation of multiple supply chains and mobilisation of huge logistics resources to manage the change-over between old and new airports. Already, convoys of large transport vehicles are relocating old ground handling equipment from Don Muang airport in readiness for immediate use or refurbishment.
There is a marked difference between the new facilities and pristine equipment specially purchased for the new facility compared to the older equipment. Disposal and reverse-logistics programmes will need to be put in place for equipment not required.
Final fit-out of offices and working locations is being undertaken in readiness for the new airport operators. These include airline representatives, cargo handlers, ground-support agents, customs, immigration, security, fire services, freight forwarders, catering, air-traffic control, airport authorities, fuelling services and transport providers.