SQPAX From Thailand, joined Dec 2003, 74 posts, RR: 4 Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2836 times:
Looks like the new Bangkok Airport at Suvarnabhumi has finally announced an official timetable. As with all things in Thailand, we should adopt a "wait and see" approach, but this time it almost appears believable. Today's "Bangkok Post" quotes Thaksin (who I thought was history) as announcing all flights including LCC's to be moved to the new facility as of Sept 28/06.
Bill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8505 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2776 times:
Good! Don Muang is a dump. Maybe I won't try and avoid it when they move.
Quoting Airlinebrat (Reply 1): When I was there last month there were several aircraft parked at the airport that I would not call airworthy........ I guess they would stay at Don Muang?
Yeah when I was there last week I saw an orient thai 747 missing a few engines. They will probably have to be stripped for parts completley or repaired and put back into service. I somehow think the latter isn't going to happen.
Carpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 3046 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2773 times:
I am sure the main tenant such as TG is informed enough that they will be prepared, but can other airlines not prepared to move in three months say f*** you to the Thai government in announcing such a short-time before opening of the new airport. Usually, these kind of things are announced around a year to go.
The article also states that in perhaps three years time, the new airport will be at capacity. This seems almost ludricious considering that the new airport should have ample time and opportunities for expansion.
Thai Time..... That was the best part of my vacation in Thailand. I had no idea what day or month it was.... all that mattered was which beach I was going to and should I have a banana pancake and pineapple shake on my way. If you missed your flight or ferry, there was always another one leaving soon enough so there was no reason to stress about it........
Plus it is so hot and humid in Bangkok, it is hard to be motivated......
[Edited 2006-06-20 05:29:39]
I'm leavin on a jet plane. Don't know when I'll be back again....
Vivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 549 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2576 times:
I had an opportunity to have a look at the model & pics of the Suvarnabhoomi airport at the Don Muang Airport last month. The new airport looks state of the art with radically designed terminals & piers. The new airport also has two parallel runways.
It is located off the expressway from Bangkok to Pattaya.
Sllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2356 times:
Quoting Carpethead (Reply 3): but can other airlines not prepared to move in three months say f*** you to the Thai government in announcing such a short-time before opening of the new airport. Usually, these kind of things are announced around a year to go.
Normally, I think you'd be right, but in this case -- where the airlines expected to already BE in the new airport, it's a bit different. They've been ready to move for quite a while.
And to be honest, most of the international terminal reflect this -- the condition has deteriorated -- I've never seen so many sections of bad flooring, for example, which is clearly a sign of "just do a quick patch, we'll all be out of there soon."
I look forward to the move, although it's coming right as my monthly trips to Bangkok are coming to an end.
Your personal opinion duly noted. I've certainly been in worse, however.
It has made vast improvements to the gates/concourse area over the last two years.
Quoting Warreng24 (Reply 12): Don Muang will still remain as a domestic only terminal/airport
From "Thai Day"
Quote: Five domestic airlines – Thai AirAsia, Nok Air, Orient Thai’s One-Two-Go, Bangkok Airways and PB Air – will be taking part in a major test of Suvarnabhumi on July 29, when they will operate from the airport for the first time.
When Suvarnabhumi officially opens on September 28, Don Muang will close to all but charter operators. Its long-term fate is yet to be decided.
Quoting Carpethead (Reply 3): The article also states that in perhaps three years time, the new airport will be at capacity. This seems almost ludricious considering that the new airport should have ample time and opportunities for expansion
From Thai Travel News:
Quote: Around a year after the opening of the airport, construction should begin on the midfield satellite and a third runway, says Somchai, with all the work completed by 2009 or 2010. This will increase annual passenger handling capacity to 54 million from 45 million. Ground improvement work is nearly completed for the third runway and midfield satellite.
Somchai says the third phase of the airport project should take place between 2010 and 2015, when the first passenger terminal will be expanded and a second midfield satellite built, increasing capacity to 73 million passengers annually.
Between 2015 and 2020 a second passenger terminal and fourth runway is expected to be built, lifting capacity to 95 million passengers, followed thereafter by an expansion of the second passenger terminal to allow the airport to reach a maximum capacity of 100 million passengers a year
Lots of 'disinformation' circulating.
The plans for Don Muang seem to change quite frequently.
Article in Bangkok Post yesterday said Don Muang is closing.
The opening facilities are not the end of development.
They did not announce this this month and will now begin making plans for a total move in a month's time. Plans have been ongoing. The "test" is to take place now, but the plans have been ongoing.
Having said that, I will be "pleasantly surprised" it if should go as smoothly as as some other recent airport openings have gone.
However... if Thaksin stays out of the picture, it just might be successful!!!