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User currently offlineApollo13 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3975 times:

When will the new bangkok airport open. I am going there next october, will i be arriving in it?

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User currently offlineKdm From New Zealand, joined Feb 2006, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3923 times:

I'm keen to know as well. The new airport got a lot of press here in Singapore as it is likely to take custom away from Changi. I flew to Bangkok 2 weeks ago into the old airport but was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.

User currently offlineNZAA From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3804 times:

Quoting Kdm (Reply 1):
I'm keen to know as well. The new airport got a lot of press here in Singapore as it is likely to take custom away from Changi.

There have been reports from the Thai government accusing other Asian governments of paying the contractor to stall work on this airport for that very reason. Maybe thats why theres alot of press.



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User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4920 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3750 times:

I'm looking forward to using the NEW BKK International gateway when I fly to Thailand in late September...I personally feel the old airport has reached its use-by date....Very dirty & smelly if you ask me...
Yuck

EK413



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User currently offlineKFly From Australia, joined May 2004, 195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3743 times:

Quoting NZAA (Reply 2):
There have been reports from the Thai government accusing other Asian governments of paying the contractor to stall work on this airport for that very reason. Maybe thats why theres alot of press.

That is one of the most ridiculous statements I've heard  Yeah sure



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User currently offlineAirlinebrat From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 652 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3596 times:

I flew into, out of and through the existing BKK airport several times a few weeks ago. It was a little worn and smelly but I didn't mind flying through there at all. It can be a long walk between terminals. At least the walkway connecting Terminal 2 with the Domestic Terminal is air conditioned which was really nice in that heat and humidity. I'll take the existing BKK over LAX's TBIT any day.

Hopefully the rail line to the new BKK will be up and running before the airport opens. The new airport is in the middle of nowhere and a cab ride into town will be far more expensive then from the existing airport.



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User currently offlineThaiboynMexico From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3561 times:

The last time I googled the subject, I found this recently published article in the Nation, an English newspaper in Thailand. Here's the link to the article.

In a nutshell, the government (the Prime Minister himself) affirmed that partial opening before October is imminent because that's when peak tourist season begins in Thailand.

They also mentioned that the REAL opening ceremony will take place when the peak season subsides.

I hope this time it's for real.


User currently offlineGuyBetsy1 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 840 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3423 times:

Quoting Airlinebrat (Reply 5):
Hopefully the rail line to the new BKK will be up and running before the airport opens. The new airport is in the middle of nowhere and a cab ride into town will be far more expensive then from the existing airport.

There will be NO rail line. The govt decided against opening a rail line as it was deemed too expensive..

Oh, and BTW, domestic flights are to remain at the current airport.. so can you imagine what a transfer from internation to domestic is going to be like?


User currently offlineIntothinair From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 392 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3394 times:

Quoting GuyBetsy1 (Reply 7):
Oh, and BTW, domestic flights are to remain at the current airport.. so can you imagine what a transfer from internation to domestic is going to be like?

I would have been more than surprised if it wouldn't. After all, the max. capacity of the NEW BKK airport will be 45 million annually when it opens, if BKK continues the way it did in the fist 2 months of 2006, they will have around 46-48 million by end of 2006, and top 50 million by 2007, no wonder they are keeping domestic flights at the current airport, to not surpass that figure of 45 million at the new airport for as long as possible.
As far as I know, the new BKK airport will also have fewer gates than the current changi airport without the addition of terminal 3 which will come in 2008, and do remember that BKK handles around or just under 10 million more pax. than SIN annualy.

cheers, Konstantin G.


User currently offlineAirlinebrat From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 652 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3346 times:

Quoting GuyBetsy1 (Reply 7):
Oh, and BTW, domestic flights are to remain at the current airport.. so can you imagine what a transfer from international to domestic is going to be like?

That will be a major hassle. I flew into BKK on CX and transferred to a Bangkok Air (PG) flight down to Samui (USM). Changing airports will be a major inconvenience. At least PG has nonstops from HKG to USM so you could just avoid BKK all together.

On a positive note, PG would finally get some gates with jetways. We had to take a wikki wikki type bus to a remote stand where our plane was parked. Not much fun during monsoon season.



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User currently offlineElephantboy From Thailand, joined Sep 2003, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3284 times:

Quoting GuyBetsy1 (Reply 7):
There will be NO rail line. The govt decided against opening a rail line as it was deemed too expensive..

The rail line is under construction. However, it might not be on-time when the airport is open this year.


User currently onlineRedChili From Norway, joined Jul 2005, 2290 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3216 times:

Quoting GuyBetsy1 (Reply 7):
Oh, and BTW, domestic flights are to remain at the current airport.. so can you imagine what a transfer from internation to domestic is going to be like?

How about Thai's flight FRA-BKK-HKT? Will they put the 744 in a transit bus over to the old airport?



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User currently offlineAirlinebrat From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 652 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3201 times:

No, they will have to cram it into the trunk of a taxi car or a tuk tuk if a tout is convincing enough, and pay 5000 baht for the ride over there  Wink


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User currently offlineNZAA From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3180 times:

Quoting KFly (Reply 4):

I have been told that it would have been ready earlier if that hadnt happened, also that it has been happening for years.



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User currently offlineStylo777 From Germany, joined Feb 2006, 2976 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3123 times:

Will the IATA and ICAO codes remain? If not I would think that there will a lot of confusing around the world.

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How about Thai's flight FRA-BKK-HKT? Will they put the 744 in a transit bus over to the old airport?



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No, they will have to cram it into the trunk of a taxi car or a tuk tuk if a tout is convincing enough, and pay 5000 baht for the ride over there

I would say that the 744 is the transit bus and TG make 5000 baht with this ride Big grin


User currently offlineAviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1486 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3098 times:

Quoting NZAA (Reply 2):
There have been reports from the Thai government accusing other Asian governments of paying the contractor to stall work on this airport for that very reason. Maybe thats why theres alot of press.

This is a very interesting statement. NZAA: Could you please provide a link to these reports?

Frankly, all the other airports in the Asia Pacific region are too busy improving themselves to both with Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport. Any contractor that allows itself to be incentivised to delay the construction schedule is definitely not one to be chosen by the airport offering this incentive when it is looking to expand.

Like many, I have eyeballed every bit of news in the region about the opening of the new airport in Bangkok, and I have never seen such a report accusing other airports of "sabotage". The woes of Suvarnabhumi Airport are well documented and I shall therefore not bother to list them . . . the people in command need no foreign help in crafting this delay. They are actually pretty good - considering the number of times the Prime Minister and his bevy of Ministers or Director Generals or Deputies have pointed to "open dates" that come and go like "blind dates".

In essence, the saga continues.

KC Sim


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