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Minor problem on first day at Suvarnabhumi Airport

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

The first full day of operations of Bangkok’s new Suvarnabhumi Airport kicked off Thursday morning with little fanfare, but the first passengers experienced a minor glitch caused by delays in collecting passenger baggage.

The futuristic US$4 billion airport which boasts the world’s largest passenger terminal, the world’s largest hangar, and world’s tallest control tower–at 132.2 metres higher than Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s tower by 10 metres–officially opened on schedule.

However, passengers on the first commercial flight landing at Suvarnabhumi — Aeroswit flight VV 171 from Ukrain’s Kiev with 206 passengers– had to wait more than one hour to collect their baggage from the new automated baggage handling machines.

Fingerprint identification equipment to be installed at Suvarnabhumi Airport

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

The Immigration Bureau plans to install fingerprint identification equipment at Suvarnabhumi Airport within the next two months.

“Immigration procedures at Suvarnabhumi are very fast. It takes only 20 seconds for the average passenger. It will be even faster when we finish installing the fingerprint identification units,” said Police Lieutenant General Suwat Tumrongsriskul, Immigration Bureau Commissioner, who inspected the new airport Friday during its first day of full commercial service.

In addition to fingerprint scanning equipment, immigration police plan to install additional electronic passport control technology, which they hope will also be in place before the end of November.

Suvarnabhumi Airport welcomes massive number of passengers

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Thai and foreign passengers are continually arriving in Suvarnabhumi Airport as it has officially opened for commercial services today.

The atmosphere in the new airport is dynamic, and domestic and international flights are arriving and departing on its runways on a continuous basis.

The new airport however is facing minor problems on its first day of commercial services, and one of them is the check-in system due to electrical hitches. Nevertheless, relevant officials have prepared plans to deal with such problems prior to the airport’s opening date.

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