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Suvarnabhumi will run smoothly as Don Muang within two months

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Ministry of Transport Permanent Secretary Wanchai Sarathulthat yesterday stressed that Suvarnabhumi Airport will run as smoothly as Bangkok International Airport (Don Muang) within two months.

“By November, the staff will be accustomed to the new facility. Working at as much as 80 percent of its maximum capacity, the new airport will be as reliable as Don Muang,” said Wanchai after chairing a meeting among airport agencies to discuss problems during Suvarnabhumi’s first few days of full operations.

To assess Suvarnabhumi’s efficiency, Wanchai followed passengers who were making their way through the arrival hall. He observed passengers being inconvenienced by a duty free shop that blocked access to the customs and immigration booths.

Customs Department satisfied overall performance

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Customs Department officials are satisfied with the overall performance of Suvarnabhumi Airport on its first two days of full operations, despite minor issues in cargo handling.

“There were no problems with passenger service, but some import-export entrepreneurs were inconvenienced when denied access to certain areas under the authority of multiple agencies. The overlap was caused by a lack of communication,” said Sathit Limpongpan, the director-general of the department.

“It was not serious, though. The department will hold a talk among the agencies involved as soon as possible and everything will be completely resolved.”

Fewer Suvarnabhumi glitches on 2nd day of operations

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Problems occurring on the second day of regular operations of Bangkok’s new Suvarnabhumi Airport lessened following Thursday’s disturbance caused by long delays in collecting passenger baggage during the official inauguration of the new facility.

Chotisak Asapaviriya, President of Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT), said services to passengers Thursday night and early Friday morning had significantly improved even though there were larger numbers of passengers on both inbound and outbound flights at the airport.

He said AoT and Thai Airways International staff remained on duty overnight to ensure smooth service operations for passengers.

The check-in and conveyor service systems had returned to function properly.

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