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AoT gives B42bn Suvarnabhumi airport expansion green light

AoT gives B42bn Suvarnabhumi airport expansion green light

BANGKOK: The Airports of Thailand (AoT) board has officially given the green light to the controversial northern expansion plan of Suvarnabhumi airport and the B42-billion project will be forwarded to Cabinet for approval, said AoT President Nitinai Sirismatthakarn.

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 21 November 2019, 09:49AM


Suvarnabhumi airport. Photo: Bangkok Post

Suvarnabhumi airport. Photo: Bangkok Post

Mr Nitinai announced yesterday (Nov 20) that the board had decided to back the project and to submit it to the Transport Ministry, the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council, and Cabinet for consideration.

He said AoT had conducted everything with transparency in proposing the expansion after taking into account input from all sides, including the stakeholders of Suvarnabhumi airport, passengers and international aviation organisations.

All parties agreed that the airport master plan can be modified and gave their endorsement to the project which would relieve congestion at the country’s main airport.

The proposed northern expansion has drawn flak from experts who alleged it was poorly designed and would do little to alleviate overcapacity at Suvarnabhumi.

The experts insisted a new terminal should be built to the south of the airport instead of expanding the existing terminal, as stipulated by the master plan.

The northern zone where the expansion is earmarked is not suited to handle additional facilities, they added.

They reasoned that a southern terminal would provide more room to cope with growing passenger traffic over the long run and be more easily accessible.

However, Mr Nitinai, who has staunchly supported the expansion, said yesterday that the project would be able to accommodate up to 40 million additional passengers a year.

Building the expansion is expected to take three to four years, and it will be equipped with 14 new aerobridges for aircraft serving long-haul flights.

Mr Nitinai added the project also includes two Automated People Mover (APM) systems.

The APM would provide convenience for people connecting from the main terminal to the north expansion and the City Garden building.

Responding to criticism, Mr Nitinai said the AoT has not ruled out building a southern terminal. In fact, he said, the south terminal has been incorporated into the airport expansion plan to be undertaken from 2025 to 2030.

The plan, which also involves constructing a fourth runway, would push the airport’s handling capacity up to 150 million passengers per year and 120 flights an hour, according to the AoT president.

 

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albator | 25 November 2019 - 17:40:01

"The plan, which also involves constructing a fourth runway"... Seriously ?  Where are 2nd & 3rd  runways.   Guys, they should be comics, not politicians. Laughable.

albator | 25 November 2019 - 17:38:12

How on earth can they say the extension could handle 150 million passengers. More like 15, I think. The Busiest airport in the world is Atlanta (USA) with  more than 50 millions passengers last year. New Beijing Airport which just opened has a capacity of 72 million. so either officials are talking out or their ass, or journalist should check facts.

Kurt | 24 November 2019 - 16:40:12

Build first Government hospitals for thai people. That thai airport thing can wait, tourists already deviate to cheaper holiday destinations. They not go along with the Thai over-appreciated THB, bad infra structures  ( water shortest, public transport, restaurant/shop scamming, dual price scamming National parks and hospitals ).

Kurt | 21 November 2019 - 10:47:15

Well, it seems 'the sky is the limit'.  But thai tourist numbers are already over the hill.  And anywhere in Thailand is it infrastructure wise already cracking. Enormous life threatening air pollution in BKK and Chiang Mai province. In a few months time Pattaya and Phuket probably without water ( thai press reports). The expensive thai baht. And so on.

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