2nd phase of Suvarnabhumi airport approved
The National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) endorsed construction of second phase of Suvarnabhumi international airport worth almost 78 billion baht with an ambitious target of making the airport to be hub for aviation and transportation in this region by 2015.
NESDB deputy secretary-general Dr. Akom Termpittayapaisit said on Sunday (December 21) that the NESDB committee has approved the second phase development of the Suvarnabhumi international airport covering between 2009 and 2013 worth 77.86 billion baht.
The third phase, pending endorsement, called for construction the airport’s third runway worth 1.36 billion baht. The phase is awaiting public hearing from local people in the airport’s vicinity in Samut Prakarn province as some of them being still against the project. The phase is also pending approval from Environmental Impact Evaluation Bureau (EIA).
He said that at the moment, local people staying in the airport’s vicinity were seeking compensation from the airport, while many of them were still opposing the project. It needed Ministry of Transport to deal with the issue.
NESDB also needed the Ministry of Transport and Aiports of Thailand Plc to review impact assessment in terms of air traffic, number of passengers, and income following prolonged global economic crises.
In addition, prepared plans must be worked out in case of such untowards incidents as airport’s closure from either protesters or natural disasters to enhance passengers’ confidence towards the airport.
NESDB also wanted Ministry of Transport to work out details on usage of Don Muang airport in line with cabinet’s ruling in February 2007.
The government has set an ambitious target for Suvarnabhumi international airport to be regional hub for aviation and transportation in 2015.
It targeted the airport to accommodate 60 million passengers and 95 flights an hour after completion of the airport’s second phase, from current 45 million passengers and 76 flights.