Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6 Posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4020 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.
Horus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4010 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.
Elagabal From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 201 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3899 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.
Aviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1489 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3812 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.
Levent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3775 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? ...
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!
Elephantboy From Thailand, joined Sep 2003, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3757 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.
The777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6689 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3607 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.
Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3562 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 ), 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.