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Thai AirAsia To NBK On September 25

Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:58 pm

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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RE: Thai AirAsia To NBK On September 25

Sat Sep 02, 2006 8:09 am

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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RE: Thai AirAsia To NBK On September 25

Sat Sep 02, 2006 8:24 am

What happens to Don Muang now?
 
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RE: Thai AirAsia To NBK On September 25

Sat Sep 02, 2006 10:05 am

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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RE: Thai AirAsia To NBK On September 25

Sat Sep 02, 2006 10:40 am

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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RE: Thai AirAsia To NBK On September 25

Sat Sep 02, 2006 1:20 pm

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.
 
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RE: Thai AirAsia To NBK On September 25

Sun Sep 03, 2006 7:58 pm

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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RE: Thai AirAsia To NBK On September 25

Sun Sep 03, 2006 8:19 pm

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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RE: Thai AirAsia To NBK On September 25

Sun Sep 03, 2006 8:28 pm

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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RE: Thai AirAsia To NBK On September 25

Sun Sep 03, 2006 8:38 pm

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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