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Sunday, July 20th, 2008

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Suvarnabhumi AirportSuvarnabhumi Airport, also New Bangkok International Airport (NBIA) or Second Bangkok International Airport (SBIA) is the long-delayed new international airport of Bangkok, Thailand.

When completed, it is proposed that it will inherit its IATA airport code BKK from Bangkok International Airport. The ICAO code for the airport will be VTBS. After numerous delays, the airport is now scheduled to open on 28 September 2006{source}, although in December 2005 the Ministry of Transport has announced that further delays are likely.

The airport is located in Racha Thewa in the Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan province, some 25 kilometers east of Bangkok.

The name Suvarnabhumi (pronounced su-wan-na-poom) was chosen by HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej which means “the golden land”, specifically referring to the continental Indochina.

Designed by Murphy/Jahn Architects, the airport will have the tallest control tower (132 m.) and the largest single building (563,000 m²) in the world at the time of its completion in 2006.

The airport will replace the current Bangkok International Airport (Don Muang) as Bangkok’s primary airport, although low-cost carriers, small private jets, chartered flights, military aircraft and aircraft maintenance will continue to use the old airport.

The new Bangkok airport will surpass the terminal size of Hong Kong International Airport making it the largest terminal building in the world.

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