That's not what happens at Narita (see my post above). So how does Narita Express still make money, even though the competing Kesei commuter trains run more often, are less than 1/3 the price and take only slightly longer? Well, from my perspective, I sometimes take Kesei on the way to the airport if I want to save money, but on the way back, after a 12 hour flight, the last thing I want is to spend an hour on a stuffy commuter train! So I shell out the cash for Skyliner or Narita Express.Originally Posted by jpatokal
In Japan, luggage isn't even an issue since most people have their bags shipped to and from the airport anyway. In the case of Bangkok, only the express trains will be equipped to handle bags, so I don't think passengers will flock to use the commuter train. Business travelers and foreign tourists will ceratainly stick to the express anyway, and with the commuter making 7 stops, it will be significantly slower than the express. Moreover, most of the people using the commuter won't probably be going to the airport anyway, they're just trying to get to points in between. And the demand for this will certainly be several times higher than the airport traffic.
If they're really afraid of losing express passengers, maybe they can try terminating every other commuter train one stop short of the airport.