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Suvarnabhumi Airport Opening Date? (BKK)  
User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4695 times:

Any news on the opening date for the new Bangkok airport? I've browsed the "official" website but I'm not convinced all the information is accurate - and indeed couldn't find the date as it was rather slow a few minutes ago.


Geoff M.

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User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4685 times:

Geoff, according to this month's AW magazine it will open March 2006. Here is the article:

Noisy Aircraft 'Train' Birds

According to an Airports of Thailand (AOT) official, small and noisy aircraft have begun flying over Thailand's new $3.7-billion Suvarnabhumi International Airport in an effort to 'train' birds to avoid the area when it opens next year.

"This is to train birds to avoid being near flight paths when the airport opens so that they will not be in danger and no accidents happen." the official said. The opening of Bangkok's new airport has been put back by six months to March 2006 due to a delay in construction.


[Edited 2005-04-12 20:32:45]

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User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 4654 times:

Thanks - I was actually considering buying AW today but decided against it because there was nothing interesting (to me) on the cover!

Put back 6 months? More like 18 months as one article I googled before posting said September 2004!


Geoff M.

User currently offlineElagabal From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 201 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4574 times:


thank you so much for asking - I've been wondering the same things, and yes, Suvarnabhumi's website is a masterpiece of death by irrelevant detail.

I'm also interested to know what airlines will be moving to it and when. It's likely that everyone in Star (ANA, SAS, Asiana, SQ, LH, Lauda, UA, LX soon enough) should be keen on moving over to coordinate with TG, but what about BA & co.?

On that score, they say (on the site) Don Muang's going to be all-domestic: I'll believe it when I see it.

User currently offlineAviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4487 times:

According to a Bangkok Post report in early-April, the Minister of Transport conceded that Suvarnabhumi Airport's opening is delayed till "sometime next year" - he wouldn't say when - ostensibly wanting first to see how the Songkran Festival (when workers down tools to go home) and the upcoming rainy season affects construction.

But he promised that it will definitely open in 2006.

KC Sim

User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4470 times:

All flights should transfer to Suvarnabhumi.

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User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4450 times:

When in Thailand in March I read an article in the Bangkok Post which said that the construction works would be completed by the original opening date of September 2005, but inauguration was delayed because of testing of safety and security systems, navigation systems etc.

Now, which version of the story is true? ...  Wink

Anyway, as I´m going to live on Thailand´s eastern seaboard, I can´t wait for this new airport to open as it will be much closer to my home!

User currently offlineElephantboy From Thailand, joined Sep 2003, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 4432 times:

There is no official openning date yet but we guess that it would be in the latter half of next year. Most of the main construction are about to be completed soon. Interior of the terminal are to be started this June. About a month ago the Prime Minister said that by the end of September the aircraft will land in the Suvarnabhumi Airport. But I am sure that it won't be commercial flight since there has no time for test run of the totally new airport and new systems.

User currently offlineSjg From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4366 times:

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 5):
All flights should transfer to Suvarnabhumi.

Why? What's wrong with Don Muang? Have never been before but am due to fly in on my honeymoon this summer.

User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6832 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4282 times:

I agree with Lufthansa747; there's no point of keeping Don Muang open when you spend xx amount of Baht to open a brand new airport. Officials said a while back that they were considering keeping Don Muang open for low-cost carriers but the last I heard is that Don Muang will close for all scheduled and charter traffic and that the whole airport will revert back to the military.


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User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4237 times:

There's nothing wrong with Don Muang. I've seen far worse airports. True, it's getting a little old but it's clean, there's plenty to eat (Thai food  thumbsup  ), the usual shopping etc. In fact I find it very spacious once airside. Some airports you're struggling for elbow room or a place to sit, but I've never had that problem at DM.

Geoff M.

User currently offlineSoundtrack From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4231 times:

Nothing wrong with Don Muang except that a world class airport needs to be opened to compete with neighboring airports like SIN - KUL - HKG to start.

An airport often leads to a new facelift and big time business to the country. This airport is loooooooooooooonnng overdue though.

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