The Suvanabhumi Airport Main Page


(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)


(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)

Construction photos

Inside the new airport - May 20, 2006

November 1, 2004 construction photos
- Workers at rest
- Tallest control tower in the world
- Details
- Inside looking out
- Interior views
- The structure

August 31, 2004 construction photos

June 8, 2004 construction photos

February 9, 2004 construction photos


August 4, 2003 construction photos

Airport Rail Link news

Left: November 2004

Airport news

Suvarnabhumi ranked 24th in poll - Bangkok Post, February 22, 2010
Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) management are scratching their heads as to why Suvarnabhumi Airport failed to secure a top spot as one of the world's best in the latest polling...


Bangkok international airport shifts "demons" - Monsters and Critics, November 10, 2009
Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport is shifting 12 six-metre tall 'demon' statues from arrivals to the check-in section of the terminal after running into a string of bad luck...
[This is similar to the Turning of the Cannons]

Solution to robbery issues at Bangkok Airport found - ETN, October 23, 2009
...From now, tourist police officers will be the only authorized to deal with alleged cases. Even better, questioning of passengers will be conducted in police premises located WITHIN the airport building and not outside as it has been the case...


And the worst airport in the world is... - The Age, October 23, 2009
[Bangkok is #8 among the favorites. Thanks to Danny for pointing this out.]

Airport drainage canal - May 5, 2009

Canal/road between the Gulf of Thailand and the International Airport

Irrigation canal to pump out water from the airport area to the Gulf of Thailand


(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)

Above: Don Muang Airport in September 2006, 13 days before its first closure.

B73bn plan to expand airport - Bangkok Post, April 18, 2008
...Mr Santi said that at least two projects out of 10 under the scheme will be implemented this year. They are the construction of the third runway and hiring of the Project Management Consultant group (PMC).
The other projects which include the construction of an automated people mover, car park and a noise pollution reduction scheme will be implemented over five years.
Mr Santi said the meeting agreed that construction of a domestic terminal at Suvarnabhumi should proceed without waiting for the second phase.
...Civil Aviation Department chief Chaisak Angsuwan said the third runway will be equipped with an auto-landing system which is considered the safest which the aviation industry has to offer.
With an auto-landing system, aircraft could land even in low visibility conditions, said Mr Chaisak.
Runway safety is measured on a scale of one to three, three being the safest. Runways at regional airports are rated Category 1 while runways at Don Mueang and the existing runways at Suvarnabhumi are rated Category 2...

Airport link folders - gallery.web-asia.net, April, 2008
Thomas notes: I discovered a few days ago, that there are already some trains in the depot at Klong Tan. Will try to have a closer look coming days, it seems that they don’t like someone sees them, as they covered the sides of the depot with some blue plastic blanked. The pictures I took with tele zoom from Klong Tan railway station, you can also see them very well from the bridge on Ekkamai.

B73bn plan to expand airport - Bangkok Post, April 18, 2008
...Mr Santi said that at least two projects out of 10 under the scheme will be implemented this year. They are the construction of the third runway and hiring of the Project Management Consultant group (PMC).
The other projects which include the construction of an automated people mover, car park and a noise pollution reduction scheme will be implemented over five years.
Mr Santi said the meeting agreed that construction of a domestic terminal at Suvarnabhumi should proceed without waiting for the second phase.
...Civil Aviation Department chief Chaisak Angsuwan said the third runway will be equipped with an auto-landing system which is considered the safest which the aviation industry has to offer.
With an auto-landing system, aircraft could land even in low visibility conditions, said Mr Chaisak.
Runway safety is measured on a scale of one to three, three being the safest. Runways at regional airports are rated Category 1 while runways at Don Mueang and the existing runways at Suvarnabhumi are rated Category 2...

Suvarnabhumi struggles with low capacity - Bangkok Post, January 4, 2008
Airports without sufficient capacity, including Suvarnabhumi in Bangkok, had a difficult 2007 as added security requirements have exacerbated problems...

Thai opposes Don Muang as international airport - Bangkok Post, September 24, 2007
...His comments were made after many suggestions were offered that not less than 45 million passengers would use Suvarnabhumi yearly and that the airport was now reaching full capacity so there is a need to make Don Muang another international airport to ease traffic congestion there...

Airport "seriously flawed" - The Nation, August 25, 2007

Suvarnabhumi still dogged with troubles - Bangkok Post, August 27, 2007
... Problems also arose because AoT lacked sufficient management skills to run a large and complex airport such as Suvarnabhumi in the first place, she pointed out.
...Frustrations such as long immigration queues, which sometimes require more than an hour of waiting, still exist. Timelines to solve these problems are nowhere to be found.
Some airlines and passengers have also complained that value for money at the airport is poor.
Landing and parking fees rose by 15% in April and passenger service charges (PSC), more commonly known as an airport tax, increased to 700 baht per person from 500 baht for international flights, while the fee for domestic flights doubled to 100 baht.
That made airline costs at Suvarnabhumi more expensive than at rival Singapore Changi and Kuala Lumpur airports, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The Board of Airlines' Representatives in Thailand (BAR), an industry group representing 64 international carriers, says Suvarnabhumi's fees are uncompetitive and have deterred airlines from adding flights. In some cases, airlines have even diverted to other airports due to the costs...

Old Thai airport reopens as new facility is not a runway success - Financial Times, March 25, 2007
...Despite the massive ex-pense of its construction, Suvarnabhumi - a pet pro-ject of Thaksin Shinawatra, the prime minister ousted in a coup just nine days before the airport opened - was built to accommodate just 45m passengers, scarcely more than the 38m the old airport could handle....

On the forum: Asia's craziest buildings
Bangkok's new airport is #5.

The Don's agreed, but is it Muang or Mueang? - Bangkok Post, March 24, 2007
...So Mr Pinit turned to linguistic experts, including the Royal Institute and Chulalongkorn University's faculty of arts, to garner advice on the English spelling of the old airport's name. All experts he spoke to at these and other language institutes agreed it should be Mueang, not Muang as it had always been before, he said.
''This problem gave me such a headache,'' he said. ''Now I have to keep all evidence with me to back up that decision...''

Bangkok is Asia's 4th busiest airport - Bangkok Post, March 13, 2007
Hong Kong's passenger traffic hit 44 million, up from 40.3 million in 2005, and Bangkok's 42.8 million rose from 39 million the previous year...

Don Muang flight schedules - March 16, 2007
Subject: Re-opening Don Muang: Tentative Flight Schedules
Importance: High
Dear AOC Members,
Information received from SQ, which could be useful to you.
 
Summary of domestic flights operating at Don Muang Airport (DMK) and Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
 
Thai Airways  (tentative)
- BKK YYTG has set a plan to operate 31  domestic flights at DMK and 13  domestic flights at BKK
- At DMK the flights from Bangkok to Phitsanulok (PHS), Khon Kaen (KKC), Udon Thani (UTH), Ubon Ratchathani (UBP) and Surat Thani (URT)

- The destinations operating from both BKK and DMK are Chiang Mai (CNX), Chiang Rai (CEI), Phuket (HKT), Hat Yai (HDY) and Krabi (KBV)

- Flight number operating at DMK will be 4 digits begin with 1 for example TG1100
 
Nok Air
- All flights will be operated at DMK
- Ticketing booth is still remain at BKK
 
One-Two-Go
- All flights will be operated at DMK except OX1012 BKK-KBV until 16APR
 
Next steps
- Document passenger connecting process and procedure between the two airports
- Means of land transportation and costs
- Publish Minimum Connecting Time


Engineers beat their breasts over airport debacle - AFP, February 10, 2007
..."Ask 200 architects who were involved in the building of Suvarnabhumi to swear in front of the Emerald Buddha that they did not pay under the table to get the jobs or violate other professional ethics, and I'm not sure even two would step forward."...

Don Muang airport ready for re-opening within 45 days - The Nation, February 7, 2007

Thailand’s airport mess: Much ado over... - ABS-CBN, February 5, 2007
Some friends of mine who’ve used Suvarnabhumi, mostly European frequent travelers, profess puzzlement at the brouhaha over what they deem to be simple normal start-up problems at a major international airport, particularly one with the mega-size of the Bangkok facility which is intended to handle up to 45 million passengers a year...

Bangkok's new airport going to pieces - Xinhuanet, February 5, 2007
It's brand-spanking new, touted as state-of-the-art, but Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport has so many problems that some airlines wonder if it's safe...



Above: Summarized report I - Progression of study on problems about passengers, staff and people at Suvarnabhumi Airport and resolution.

Report on problems at the new airport - February 3, 2007
A frank and interesting Thai-language summary of the airport problems, 61 problems to be solved and being monitored (pdf) cleverly illustrated with cartoons.
There is a thread on the forum with translations of all 61 problems here.

Above: (the caption in Thai reads) It is widely known that runway ends are the areas where people can get nearest to airplanes. People with bad intention might find a way to enter a plane from there and launch a terrorist attack. Runway ends should be under watch to prevent anyone from entering a place without permission. Now, more and more people park their cars at the ends of runways to get a closer look at airplanes or they might intentionally get closer to airplanes. Causes of the problems are failed coordination among traffic police, signs and insufficient control. To lower the possibility of a terrorist attack, clear signs and strict control are needed. The agency responsible for the matter is the Airport Organization of Thailand (AoT).

Editorial cartoon
Thairath, January 31, 2007, by Chai Ratchawat
Left: [this panel shows farm land and temples] Passengers, below when you see this it means we are crossing into Thailand.
Middle: [this panel shows buildings and the Skytrain tracks] Now we are descending to Suwannaphumi airport.
Right: [this panel shows many panels representing the damaged runway] Please fasten your seatbelts, compose yourself  and do not panic. The picture you see is the runway of Suwannaphum.

Cobra Swamp is reclaiming Bangkok's showpiece airport - Times Online, January 30, 2007
Bangkok’s showpiece international airport, opened last year, appears to be sinking into the swamp on which it was built...

Thailand holidays face airport threat - The Age, January 29, 2007

Post defends dismissal of journalists - Bangkok Post, January 31, 2007

Scoop journalist vindicated - The Nation, January 28, 2007
He stood by his story and paid for it with his job, but runway-cracks reporter remains philosophical about events...


Post front page - January 22, 2007
It is interesting to note the huge photo on the front page of the Bangkok Post (left) showing a damaged section of runway at the new airport.

This must be sweet justice to the Post. In August, 2005 the Post reported on its front page a story about cracks in the new airport runways. The story was hotly denied by the government and the Post printed a retraction the following day. However, libel suits were filed against the newspaper by government agencies and the Post editor was sacked.

Earlier: 'CRACKED' RUNWAY REPORT: Source had link to ruling party - The Nation, December 21, 2005
Fired 'Bangkok Post' editor says cousin of top TRT figure fed him information; sues for Bt13m damages and return of job...

Minister puts brakes on using Don Muang - TNA, January 12, 2007

New airport makes a statement about modern Thailand - The Age, January 1, 2007

All the earlier stories on the airport construction progress

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