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Suvarnabhumi » Reopening 10 aircraft parking bays & scheduling B1-B2 taxiway to be repaired

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

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Airports of Thailand Plc (AOT) has reactivated 10 aircraft parking bays that had been closed to facilitate the repair of a taxiway. This week’s reopening of the parking bays, which had been closed since June, followed the recent completion of the taxiways on southwestern side of concourses D and E.

Back in service are parking bays D5, D6, D7, D8, E1, E3, E5, E7 and E9, as well as the remote parking bay 305, said Serirat Prasutanond, general manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport.

That solved one of the problems requiring embarking and disembarking passengers to be transferred by coaches from remote bays to the terminal, a major complaint lodged by passengers.

Repairing B1-B2 taxiway: Starting August 15, 2007

Airports of Thailand is now moving to fix the damaged surface of the northern tip of the western runway, coded 19L-01R, and another section of a taxiway, in the area known as B1-B2.

The repairs would result in the closure of a 500-metre section of the runway and the B1-B2 taxiway for 50 days, starting on Aug 15. However, the suspended section would not necessitate the full closure of the runway as the remaining length of 2,890 metres could still accommodate most aircraft, Mr Serirat explained.

Large and heavy aircraft such as the Boeing 747-400 will be assigned to the other runway on the eastern side, which is 4,000 metres long.

The new Bangkok airport is already using its capacity of 45 million passengers per year.
Suvarnabhumi Airport has 120 parking bays, 51 with contact gates and 69 remote gates.

Meanwhile, Mr Serirat confirmed that most of the 60 roof leaks at the passenger terminal and concourses had been fixed.

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