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Suvarnabhumi Archive for October, 2007

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1 Year of the Bangkok’s new international airport Suvarnabhumi near capacity

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Official figures released yesterday confirm that Suvarnabhumi Airport is closing in on its designed capacity just one year after it opened.

Total passenger movements through Bangkok’s new international airport reached 41.8 million from October 2006 to September 2007, or 92.88% of its 45million passenger a year capacity.

The 155 Billion Baht airport handled 267,480 aircraft movements, including both takeoffs and landings, according to Airports of Thailand Plc (AOT), the majority state-owned company that operates the country’s six major airports.

Cargo shipments through Suvarnabhumi hit 1.23 million tonnes, representing 41% of the airport’s annual capacity of three million tonnes.

New Airports of Thailand chief promoted

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

The new Airports of Thailand (AOT) president is being offered lower pay than his predecessor and will have some tough goals to meet, including making Suvarnabhumi one of the world’s top 10 airports in six months. According to an Airports of Thailand source, Airports of Thailand’s remuneration committee discussed a package with Chana Yusathaporn for over an hour on Tuesday.

The panel offered a monthly salary of 550,000 baht to Air Marshal Chana, who was promoted on Oct 1, 2007 and is now deputy commander of the air combat command.

However, his salary after taxes would be 385,000 baht.

Airlines praise Suvarnabhumi airport

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

National and international airlines have praised an overall improved service at Suvarnabhumi airport which will mark its first anniversary on Sep 28, 2007, airport director Serirat Prasutanond said Thursday.

He said a number of airline managers have lauded the continuous improvement of service at Suvarnbhumi airport, adding that airport officials had followed up on arising problems and worked out solutions accordingly.

One of the positive changes is a permission for licensed taxis to offer service on the second floor of the passenger terminal, starting Oct. 1 to solve the problem of unauthorized taxis touting for passengers, Serirat said.

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