Suvarnabhumi Suvarnabhumi Airport Extension Project
Amid sharp increases in the number of passengers and airlines using the Thai capital’s Suvarnabhumi airport, concerned authorities are now ready to implement the second phase of construction to enlarge the airport, announced by a senior Airports of Thailand (AOT) official.
Somchai Sawasdipol, the AOT official, said more than 42 million passengers used facilities at the airport in 2007 while its full capacity is at 45 million.
There is a need to expand the airport to cater to the rising demands of passengers and airlines, said Mr. Somchai. AOT will speed solving noise pollution at the airport and prepare for the phase 2 construction.
National flag carrier Thai Airways, low-cost carriers Nok Air and Orient Thai have been operating domestic flights from Don Mueang, claiming inadequate facilities at Suvarnabhumi. Now that the expansion of Suvarnabhumi airport is near complete, airline executives said they are ready to pack up their operations at Don Mueang.
THAI Airways president Apinan Sumanaseni said THAI supported the single airport policy since it benefited passengers the most. The shift of domestic operations back to Suvarnabhumi can be completed without fuss, he said.
Speaking after talking to a senior JBIC official, Transport Minister Santi Prompat said the Japanese agency would grant a loan for nine electric train extention routes.
Other countries have also shown interested in extending loans for the Thai government’s mega projects, he said, adding that the Ministry of Finance would accept loans from the source giving the best offer.
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