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New Bangkok Airport News

All systems ready for a smooth take-off

Less than a week before the official opening of Suvarnabhumi, transport authorities assured yesterday that all systems at the new international airport will function smoothly, including its conveyor belts which have proved to run with 100% accuracy.

Key officials inspected the new airport located in Samut Prakan's Bang Phli district yesterday. Among them was transport permanent secretary Wanchai Sarathulthat, who confirmed that the airport is ready for a smooth launch on Thursday.

Mr Wanchai, also chairman of Thai Airways International (THAI), said all systems were running smoothly, especially the conveyor-belt system which usually posed the biggest concern at any new airport.


Suvarnabhumi airport boosts traveller comfort

Suvarnabhumi airport is introducing modern technology to create an impressive environment and improve traveller comfort.

Suvarnabhumi, especially its passenger terminal, resulted from a collaboration of world-class structural, mechanical and electric engineers, physicists and architects.

"It's a modern building of the 21st century," said Airports of Thailand Plc chairman Srisook Chandrangsu, who has worked closely on the airport development from land acquisition through to design and construction.

The passenger terminal showcases building innovation as it does not have a single indoor pillar. Its superstructure consists mainly of large steel pillars erected 126 metres apart and supertrusses that bear the weight of the 210m x 567m roof. The steel structure allows for a wider span between pillars as it is lighter than concrete.


Suvarnabhumi Airport will open on schedule

Suvarnabhumi Airport will start full operation on September 28, 2006 according to the schedule, said Gen Sonthi Boonyaratglin today.

Earlier, there were speculations that the coup might further delay the opening of the new airport.

Airports of Thailand Plc (AOT) officials also confirmed that Suvarnabhumi Airport would start full operation as scheduled of September 28, 2006.


Thai Airways builds up ground support at Suvarnabhumi Airport

Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) is ready to roll out its new ground-support equipment services, including cargo and mail units at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The business units expect more work at the new, larger airport where THAI hopes to add 15 airlines to the current clientele list of 67 that it services at Don Muang Airport.

The ground-support equipment services department (GSE) provides equipment-support services for aircraft servicing and loading equipment for passenger baggage, cargo and mail. It also transports passengers between terminals and aircraft, cabin-cleaning as well as equipment maintenance.


Measures to ease anticipated traffic jams during airport move

The Transport Ministry is preparing a series of measures to ease anticipated traffic jams on the roads leading to the new Suvarnabhumi airport in the run-up to its commercial opening on Sept 28. Deputy Transport Minister Chainant Charoensiri said the toll on the Eastern Outer Ring Road from Tap Chang tollgate to the airport would be waived from Sept 25 to April 25.

The ministry also asked the Highway Department to temporarily halt all construction work on the ring road from Sept 25-30. The construction is to expand the four-lane ring road to eight lanes.

In addition, the ministry was seeking cooperation from Bangkok Expressway (BECL) to lower the toll on its expressway from Srinakarin tollgate to the new airport from 25 baht to 20 baht. The ministry expected BECL to respond to its request before the airport's opening .


THAI ready for first commercial flight from Suvarnabhumi

Thai Airways International (THAI) is ready to begin commercial operations at Suvarnabhumi Airport on September 15th.

“Everything is now ready to serve passengers,” said Mano Sapayanon, Director of THAI’s Ground Services Support Department.

The first commercial flight out of the new airport will be TG 8860, a Boeing 737-400, from Bangkok to Phitsanulok at 6.30 AM.

On Saturday, some of THAI’s flights between the capital and Chiang Mai and Ubon Ratchathani will also begin operating at Suvarnabhumi. Passengers are advised to check their tickets in advance and plan accordingly.


First economy-class lounge at Suvarnabhumi Airport

Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) will provide its first economy-class lounge at Suvarnabhumi Airport, consisting of entertainment facilities, shower rooms, e-service and resting corners.

At the new airport, passengers will be surprised with several new services never before available in the Kingdom. The economy-class lounge is rare among airlines, most of which operate only first- and business-class lounges.

But THAI is following a trend at other new airports which have started offering economy-class lounges.

Charnchai Singtorij, vice-president of the cargo and mail commercial department of THAI, said the airline faced tough competition in the aviation industry, forcing it to find new ways to please customers.


JAL adds flights to Suvarnabhumi airport

Japan Airlines (JAL) will add one more daily flight between Bangkok and Tokyo after Suvarnabhumi Airport opens on September 28.

"Many people want to use Thailand as a transit point to a third country, but Bangkok International Airport [Don Muang] is too crowded and the number of flights to Bangkok is limited," said Seigi Iwasaki, JAL regional manager. "The new airport will encourage more people to stop over at Bangkok."

JAL currently has four daily flights between the capitals and will add a fifth after September 28.

Although service charges at Suvarnabhhumi Airport are higher than those at Don Muang, Iwasaki considers the rise reasonable. "Suvarnabhumi’s service charges are still cheaper than other airports in Hong Kong and Singapore," said Iwasaki.


THAI plans to test second round of international flights

Thai Airways International (THAI) will conduct a second round of international flights through Suvarnabhumi Airport on Sept 22 to test its readiness ahead of the Sept 28 airport opening.

Four flights on three routes normally operated through Don Muang, will fly to Seoul and Beijing and from Guangzhou, through Suvarnabhumi instead for the test day only.

Unlike the first round of international test flights on the Bangkok-Hong Kong and Bangkok-Singapore routes on Sept 1, which involved mostly THAI staff and their families, the second round will involve paying passengers.

The national carrier will use Airbus A300-600 and A330-300 aircraft, each with around 250 seats, and will soon accept bookings.


Jetstar ready for Suvarnabhumi opening

Jetstar Asia’s chief executive officer Chong Phit Lian is confident that everything will be ready when the company lands the first international commercial flights at Suvarnabhumi Airport on Friday.

“During test runs, the luggage claim took only 10 minutes, which was quite fascinating, and we are certain that our flights will run smoothly on Friday,” said Chong.

Jetstar will begin operating three daily flights between Singapore and Bangkok on September 15, becoming the first airline to offer international commercial service at Suvarnabhumi Airport. National carrier Thai Airways International (THAI) also begins domestic flights from the new airport on Friday.

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