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Suvarnabhumi » 46 Diplomats confident in Suvarnabhumi Airport’s capability

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

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Diplomats from 46 countries are confident in Suvarnabhumi Airport’s capability and believe it will open on September 28th.

Representatives from 46 Bangkok-based embassies and consulates toured Suvarnabhumi Airport on Friday as part of an effort to acclimate diplomats with the new facility.

The delegation paid special attention to the V.I.P rooms as these would be used to accomodate visits by each country’s leader.

Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstrom said he was amazed by the airport, and confident that once it opens more Swedish investors and tourists would come to Thailand.

Hafstrom was among the 100 diplomats that partook in Friday’s event, which began at the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Friday morning.

Visitors were welcomed by Foreign Minister Kantathi Suphamongkhon, and then briefed by Transport Minister Pongsak Ratkaphongpaisal and other high-ranking officials from Airports of Thailand Plc.

They toured various areas of the new airport including the passenger terminal and VIP lounges.

Pongsak said the primary purpose of the visit was to introduce the foreign diplomatic community to Suvarnabhumi Airport, which will be the initial platform in welcoming visiting dignitaries and heads of state in the near future.

Friday’s tour was also an opportunity to assure officials that the airport and its security system were ready for the September 28 opening.

Laura Stone, the US Embassy’s spokeswoman, expressed particularly interest on security as Pongsak assured officials the system meets international standards.

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