Don Muang wins reprieve from closure
By William Barnes in Bangkok
Financial Times; Dec 29, 2003
Bangkok's international airport at Don Muang, which was due to be closed when the city's new Suvarnabhumi airport opens in 2005, has won a reprieve thanks to the rise of low cost airlines in south-east Asia.
The decision comes despite groups such as the International Air Transport Association advising Thai authorities against retaining a second airport, arguing that experience showed twin hubs led to increased costs, confusion and inefficiencies.
The government had agreed with the need to focus on one airport - prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra even suggested the Thai parliament could be shifted to the empty terminal buildings at Don Muang.
However, a U-turn in official thinking has been prompted in recent months by a sudden surge of interest from new-model airlines.
Continued and more at the Financial Times website