Suvarnabhumi Airport. The name Suvarnabhumi was chosen by HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej which means “The Golden Land”, specifically referring to the continental Indochina. “Golden Peninsula”or “Golden Land” is a traditional name for the Thailand-Cambodia-Laos-Burma region
How is it pronounced
Suvarnabhumi Airport inherited its IATA airport code BKK from Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport. In the interim period while both airports were operating (from September 15th to September 28th) Suvarnabhumi used the code NBK. Don Mueang International Airport’s new code is DMK.
Hours of operation
- 130 passport control checkpoints for arrivals, 72 for departures.
- 26 customs control checkpoints for arrivals, 8 for departures.
- 22 baggage conveyor belts.
- 360 check-in counters. There are 100 additional counters for passengers without luggage.
- 107 moving walkways.
- 102 elevators.
- 83 escalators.
The airport was designed by Murphy/Jahn Architects
The airport has 2 parallel runways (60 m. wide, 4,000 m. and 3700 m. long) and 2 parallel taxiways to accommodate simultaneous departures and arrivals. It has a total of 120 parking bays (51 with contact gates and 69 remote gates) and 5 of these are capable of accommodating the Airbus A380 aircraft. With a capacity of handling 76 flight operations per hour, both international and domestic flights will share the airport terminal but will be assigned to different parts of the concourse. In the initial phase of construction, it will be capable of handling 45 million passengers and 3 million tonnes of cargo per year. Between the airport hotel and the terminal building are the two 5-storey car park buildings with a combined capacity of 5,000 cars.
Above the underground rail link station and in front of the passenger terminal building is the 600-room hotel operated by Accor Group under the Novotel Suvarnabhumi brand.
Long-term plans for four runways flanking two main terminals and two satellite buildings with a combined capacity capable of handling up to 100 million passengers and 6.4 million tonnes of cargo a year are on the drawing board. The second phase of airport expansion involving the construction of a satellite building south of the main terminal is expected to begin 3 to 5 years after the completion of the first main terminal.