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User currently offlineNEXtime From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 81 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3188 times:

I am in the early stages of planning a trip to Far East 2005. BKK/HKG/SIN are on the agenda, maybe incorporating flights with EK to take a stop-over in DXB for the air show (November). I am trying to establish whether the new airport serving Bangkok will be open and if so what percentage of flights are proposed to operate there and what will be the future for Don Muang?
Any help would be appreciated..
Kevin G

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User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks ago) and read 3092 times:

The new airport should be open by November - see http://www.bangkokairport.org for their work plan. Parts, like the airport hotel, will still be under construction.

If I remember correctly, the new airport will serve mostly international; the old mostly domestic.

I flew BHX-DXB-BKK last year on EK - superb service, well recommended.

Geoff M.

User currently offline1stspotter From Netherlands, joined Jun 1999, 526 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2802 times:

Airport opening should be 29 september 2005 according to the website http://www.bangkokairport.org

User currently offlineElephantboy From Thailand, joined Sep 2003, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2649 times:

The Prime Minister still insists that the new Bangkok International Airport (Suvannabhumi Airport) be opened on 29th Sept. 2005. Many of us doubts that it will not be on schedule. Some expects that it might be delayed for about half a year or more.

The latest news on the use of the current Don Muang Airport is that it might be reserved as a supporting airport. Maintenace facilities of TG will still be there for major maintenace job. The terminal building might be occupied by some government offices. A few months ago there were news that the airport would be used for LCCs but later there were complains from many airlines about charges for the old Don Muang Airport would be much lower that the new one and, therefore, they could not compete with the LCCs. The idea was later abandoned.

User currently offlineNEXtime From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2525 times:

Thanks for the information and link:-
I'll keep my eye on the progress.
Kevin G

Fantastic 4-Holers : Concorde, Boeing 747SP & Lockheed Jetstar - I'm lovin' it!
User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6832 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2340 times:

Thanks for the update!

Great to hear that they will NOT keep Don Muang open for low cost carriers! It's much better to just have one airport for a city if possible to make connections easier. They should have closed Gimpo in Seoul when they opened Inchon, in my opinion.

Looking forward to try the new airport, looks VERY nice!


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