Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13745 posts, RR: 19 Posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2732 times:
Don Muang wins reprieve from closure
By William Barnes in Bangkok
Financial Times; Dec 29, 2003
Bangkok's international airport at Don Muang, which was due to be closed when the city's new Suvarnabhumi airport opens in 2005, has won a reprieve thanks to the rise of low cost airlines in south-east Asia.
The decision comes despite groups such as the International Air Transport Association advising Thai authorities against retaining a second airport, arguing that experience showed twin hubs led to increased costs, confusion and inefficiencies.
The government had agreed with the need to focus on one airport - prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra even suggested the Thai parliament could be shifted to the empty terminal buildings at Don Muang.
However, a U-turn in official thinking has been prompted in recent months by a sudden surge of interest from new-model airlines.
Col From Malaysia, joined Nov 2003, 2129 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2464 times:
Bangkok definitely needs to have all its carriers at one airport. If you had to transfer, transit time would be three to twenty fours hours depending on rain/traffic. Some sort of transport system Skytrain or ground based is a must, but I did not see anything being constructed near the Bang Na Trad in October?
Swissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2335 times:
I don't think that LCC should set priorities to connection flights of other carriers. As you might know, they mainly operate to points with low costs. If Don Muang would be cheaper than Suvarnabhumi, they already got a reason.
And as I mentioned before, Seoul has two airports and I have the feeling that the concept of having most domestic flights from one airport and all others from another airport is working. As far as I know, Malaysia Airlines would have preferred to fly into/out of SZB beside KUL, but I'm not sure on this.
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Elephantboy From Thailand, joined Sep 2003, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2238 times:
There is a express train project that links Suvarnabhumi Airport with downtown Bangkok. It is on the Bangkok-Cholburi Motorway side because the terminal is close to the motorway than to Bangna-Trad road. However, it seems that the project will be in operation a few years after the opening of the airport.