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Surging traffic puts former Bangkok Airport ahead of Hong Kong and Changi

Friday, October 13th, 2006

The number of travellers passing through Bangkok rose to 31.46 million from January to September, a 10.76% increase from the same period in 2005, underscoring the capital’s position as a major air hub of Asia.

Air traffic through Bangkok grew robustly in the first nine months of the year as tourism rebounded from the aftermath of the December 2004 tsunami and budget carriers continued to proliferate.

The increased traffic has helped Bangkok top rivals Hong Kong and Singapore in the world rankings for the busiest airport, according to the latest statistics from Airports Council International (ACI), a Geneva-based coalition of nearly 1,100 airports. Bangkok International Airport (Don Muang) was the world’s 12th busiest airport through the first five months of the year, up from 18th last year.

Asian airport investment vital for regional growth: analysts

Sunday, October 8th, 2006

A glitzy new airport that opened recently in Thailand reflects Asia’s need for investment to cope with a fast-growing aviation sector, industry analysts say.

While the opening of Suvarnabhumi international airport has intensified rivalry within Asia for market share, analysts say an expanding aviation sector means there is enough business for everybody.

“We are not worried about over-investing,” said Paul Behnke, director of economics at Airports Council International (ACI). There is under-investment in some of the key countries and frankly, airport capacity is in short supply.”

Opening Suvarnabhumi Airports is not easy

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

Over the past week we have seen the activation of Suvarnabhumi Airport, and heard media commentary on the glitches, passenger frustrations and cargo delays due to teething problems. Relative to other international airport openings, however, Suvarnabhumi has done extremely well.

In typical Thai style, (and without the usual Western signs of panic or outward frustration), newly trained airport staff in the passenger terminals and cargo sheds have quietly and efficiently cleared passengers from hundreds of arriving aircraft and have already shipped thousands of tonnes of air cargo with a smile (even though some short-term backlogs have occurred).

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