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Thai AirAsia To NBK On September 25  
User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5
Posted (8 years 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2485 times:

Thai AirAsia has stated it wants to start commercial operations from Suvarnabhumi on September 25th, three days before the airport will open for all commercial operations on the 28th.

The last ten flights on the 24th will land at NBK, so that the airline is ready to start operations from there the next day.

All airlines are supposed to relocate to NBK in the night of 27/28 September. A Thai minister has said he would like domestic operations to start there on the 15th already, to check for any 'bugs'.

Undoubtedly the move from Don Muang to Bangkok will bring total chaos to the aviation scene here! Let's wait and see what happens...

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User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4907 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2395 times:

I'm looking forward to the move.....I hope it all runs smoothly course I have plans on flying to Thailand around the 28th AND would love it if the NEW BKK Airport is fully operational! Big grin

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User currently offlineSv2008 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2392 times:

What happens to Don Muang now?

User currently offlineManni From South Korea, joined Nov 2001, 4221 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 days ago) and read 2369 times:

Quoting Levent (Thread starter):
The last ten flights on the 24th will land at NBK, so that the airline is ready to start operations from there the next day.

Will the IATA code of the new Bangkok airport be NBK? If BKK closes wouldn't it be less confusing to use the IATA code BKK for Suvarnabhumi?



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User currently offlineWN230 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 341 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2362 times:

Quoting Manni (Reply 3):
Will the IATA code of the new Bangkok airport be NBK?

I am obviously no expert on this type of thing, but just like when
Kai Tak tombstone  closed in 1998, the new airport took on the HKG callsign, the same should happen for Suvarnabhumi. Just guessing on that.



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User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2314 times:

Quoting Sv2008 (Reply 2):
What happens to Don Muang now?

The latest reports say that Don Muang will remain open for charter traffic. The military will still use it, and maybe also cargo flights.

Some minister came up with the idea of converting the passenger terminal into a shopping mall... yet another one.

Quoting Manni (Reply 3):
Will the IATA code of the new Bangkok airport be NBK?

No, Suvarnabhumi will become BKK as soon as it becomes fully operational.


User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 42
Reply 6, posted (8 years 14 hours ago) and read 2187 times:

Quoting Manni (Reply 3):
Will the IATA code of the new Bangkok airport be NBK?

BKK/VTBS = Bangkok International - Suvarnabhumi
DMK/VTBD = Don Muang

Starting Sept 28 that is. Until then it's BKK/VTBD and NBK/VTBS, and Don Muang obviously has the "BKK Intl Airport" thing. Not 100% sure DMK is correct, but it was on a Thai website.

Funnily enough, SQ has a THB 2500 fare to SIN (SQ 67/995 only) that is only valid on September 28-30 - suggests to me people are trying to avoid these dates.



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User currently offlineManni From South Korea, joined Nov 2001, 4221 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (8 years 14 hours ago) and read 2175 times:

Quoting Levent (Reply 5):
No, Suvarnabhumi will become BKK as soon as it becomes fully operational.



Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 6):
BKK/VTBS = Bangkok International - Suvarnabhumi
DMK/VTBD = Don Muang


Thanks a lot, it makes a lot of sense to rename the old airport and give the 'obvious' code to the more important of the 2 airports.

How much further is this new airport from the city centre? Sukhumvit road etc.?



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User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 42
Reply 8, posted (8 years 14 hours ago) and read 2168 times:

Quoting Manni (Reply 7):
How much further is this new airport from the city centre? Sukhumvit road etc.?

IIRC exact same distance from Sukhumvit 0 (or for better reference Soi 2/JW Marriott, Soi 4/Nana) as the old one. I read that in some Thai newspaper.

Though, Silom/Sathorn is further, and the direct access to Suk made Don Muang very convenient. I believe the road access isn't as good to VTBS at the moment.

But I believe the distance problem is completely overblown. VTBS isn't that far really. But as for taking a shuttle bus to catch a taxi, absolutely ridiculous - but that's what they intend to do.



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User currently offlineManni From South Korea, joined Nov 2001, 4221 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (8 years 13 hours ago) and read 2163 times:

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 8):
But I believe the distance problem is completely overblown. VTBS isn't that far really. But as for taking a shuttle bus to catch a taxi, absolutely ridiculous - but that's what they intend to do.

For the size of her operations, BKK is very near the city positioned, good to hear Suvarnabhumi wont be any further.
But...
A shuttle bus to take a taxi? As like taking a shuttle bus to a rent a car lot? Woow, how time consuming that will be.



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