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What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Thu Sep 07, 2006 10:07 pm

Hi,
I know I am Thai but I live in Seattle and haven't been back for so long. So I dont know about this... What are they going to do with the old Bangkok Donmuang Airport after they open the new Suwanabhumi airport in this coming 2 weeks?
Who knows?
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Thu Sep 07, 2006 10:17 pm

I suppose they should add some holes to the golf course and replace landing fees with green fees ...  bigthumbsup 

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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Thu Sep 07, 2006 10:50 pm

The latest news is that the airport will be used for private aircraft and charters, and the Royal Thai Air Force will still be using it. Thai Airways may or may not continue there with their maintenance centre. There is also some wild plan for converting the passenger terminals into a shopping mall, exhibition centre or whatever.

Anyway, all commercial traffic should have moved to Suvarnabhumi by the 28th. Thai, Nok Air and Bangkok Airways have said they're planning to start at NBK on the 15th, and Thai Air Asia on the 25th. Whether that will happen, we'll have to see too.

The Novotel Airport hotel is now opened, by the way.
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Thu Sep 07, 2006 10:58 pm

thanks for the infor!
Too bad that we dont do 2 airports like in Seoul, Tokyo.. etc.
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Thu Sep 07, 2006 11:23 pm

Quoting NewYorkCityBoi (Reply 3):
Too bad that we dont do 2 airports like in Seoul, Tokyo.. etc.

I'm not sure how close in the old airport is to downtown, but if that's the case you have the perfect airport fitting WN's business model! They will want exclusive rights to the old airport!  sarcastic   rotfl 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Thu Sep 07, 2006 11:26 pm

A new low cost Hub perhaps!!
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Sat Sep 09, 2006 5:00 am

Will the BTS skytrain service this airport?
If not, are there any plans to do so?
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Sat Sep 09, 2006 5:04 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 6):
Will the BTS skytrain service this airport?

No, but separate airport express rail link will whenever it opens in 2 years time or something.

Should connect to BTS at On Nut I read somewhere.
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Sat Sep 09, 2006 5:28 am

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 7):
Should connect to BTS at On Nut I read somewhere.

Thanks for the information. I am curious if there are any U.S. based companies involved with the planning and construction of this rail line.
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Sat Sep 09, 2006 9:46 am

Is the trip to the airport from the city expected to be quicker at the new airport than it is curently from Don Muang Airport? Thanks in advance.
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Sat Sep 09, 2006 10:00 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 8):
Thanks for the information. I am curious if there are any U.S. based companies involved with the planning and construction of this rail line.

I didn't know U.S. and rail could be used in the same sentence. Learn something new everyday.

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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Sat Sep 09, 2006 8:10 pm

I remember reading that the old airport would be used for domestic and low cost flights so I assumed that TG would be excluded as it wouldn't make sense for them to operate domestic flights and international flights at separate airports. Please correct me....  Smile

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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Sat Sep 09, 2006 8:31 pm

Quoting A388 (Reply 11):
I remember reading that the old airport would be used for domestic and low cost flights so I assumed that TG would be excluded as it wouldn't make sense for them to operate domestic flights and international flights at separate airports. Please correct me....

From what I read and heard, all other domestic airlines and low cost airlines will move to the new Airport too.

Quoting Aussie747 (Reply 9):
Is the trip to the airport from the city expected to be quicker at the new airport than it is curently from Don Muang Airport? Thanks in advance.

If you're talking about from downtown, I think the Toll-way on Vipawadee Rd has a lot better traffic than other highways. With about the same distance from downtown, I think Donmuang Airport is a lot faster than the new airport. (someone who actually lives in Bangkok please correct me since I havent go back for 2 years)
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Sat Sep 09, 2006 8:38 pm

Will the new airport inherit the IATA/ICAO identifiers of the old Don Muang Intl airport (BKK & VTBD) or will they be completely new identifiers?

Quoting Levent (Reply 2):
Anyway, all commercial traffic should have moved to Suvarnabhumi by the 28th. Thai, Nok Air and Bangkok Airways have said they're planning to start at NBK on the 15th, and Thai Air Asia on the 25th. Whether that will happen, we'll have to see too.

Per the above post the IATA will be NBK, but I have read previously that Suvarnabhumi would inherit the BKK identifier. Can anyone confirm?
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Sat Sep 09, 2006 9:08 pm

I can confirm Suwanabhumi airport will use "BKK"
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Sun Sep 10, 2006 12:40 am

It's absolutely ridiculous that this metastasis of a new airport will not have rail links to the city upon its opening.
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Sun Sep 10, 2006 2:09 am

I made a scan of a map. The old airport is as far as the new airport, especially when considering that the Sukhumvit road is more the city center. The skytrain at Sukhumvit could easily be extended to the new airport. See point 1 for the current final station. See point 2 on my map for the highway to the new airport.
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Sun Sep 10, 2006 6:25 am

Is this Sky train from On-Nut to the airport "Nonstop"?

If not, then I think taking a cab will be faster with no traffic and It would cost less than you take taxi from Time Sq to Grand Central in Manhattan.. hehe

The BTS from On-Nut to Siam Sq. is about 35 mins and connect to Silom Area would be up to 45-50 mins already.
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Sun Sep 10, 2006 11:43 pm

Both International and Domestic flights will be operated from Suvarnabhumi International from 28 Sept onward.

Here are some facts that I thought you all would like to know.
1.The very first passenger flight scheduled to land on the first commercial day at the new airport will be TG316 from DEL using B777-300.
2. The first flight to depart on Sept 28th is TG634 BKK-TPE-ICN using B777-300 as well.
3. All Domestic flights will depart from Concourse A (A1-A5) and B (B-1-B6).
4. All Star Alliance flights will depart from Concourse C (C1-C10) and D (D1-D4)
5. CX709 will fly directly from Hong Kong into the new airport on the night of Sept27th without having to land at Don Muang and later have to fly an empty plane to Suvarnabhumi, and so as UA837 (NRT-BKK).
6. An official time to open the new airport is 3.00AM on Sept 28th.

Looking forward to the opening of the new airport!
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Mon Sep 11, 2006 2:36 am

Quoting NewYorkCityBoi (Reply 17):
Is this Sky train from On-Nut to the airport "Nonstop"?

Well the newest article said BTS Phya Thai and nothing about On Nut - would make no sense in my opinion.

Quoting NewYorkCityBoi (Reply 17):
The BTS from On-Nut to Siam Sq. is about 35 mins

It's not that long in my experience. Thong Lo - Siam which I do frequently isn't more than 15 mins usually, just Ekkamai/Phra Khanong/On Nut after that.

On Nut stop would make sense, if it connects in Phya Thai, completely useless for anybody in Sukhumvit. And most likely even eith On Nut, a taxi is cheaper for anything more than 1 pax.
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Mon Sep 11, 2006 2:55 am

I don't think that I wuold use the BTS if it goes all the way to Suvarnabhumi as I'm all the way at the Emporium on Sukhumvit. It's a relativly long haul for me to get to Suvarnabhumi from our compound. I think we would just drive, but thats still fun. Imagine loading up a good bit of luggage on the BTS... not too fun.

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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Mon Sep 11, 2006 3:34 am

With the new airport retaining the airport code BKK, what will happen for the week or so when a limited number of routes will be operated from Suvanabhumi, e.g. by NOK air, whilst Don Munag is still open? During this period will both airports be coded BKK? Is is possible to have 2 airports with the same code? Just curious ...
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Mon Sep 11, 2006 3:49 am

Donmuang would make a great cargo airport as well. I'm sure there's space...
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Mon Sep 11, 2006 3:57 am

Can't wait to see the new airport, it looks so cool.

I heard Finnair is very happy getting to Suvarnabhumi, after all those delays.
BKK is such an important airport for them, two daily flights from HEL next winter, with a new connection to KUL in spring. This makes them the second largest European operator in BKK.
Perhaps more connections possible via BKK in future, would it be possible new Suvarnabhumi offers more slots?
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Mon Sep 11, 2006 4:17 am

Quoting ManchesterMAN (Reply 21):
what will happen for the week or so when a limited number of routes will be operated from Suvanabhumi, e.g. by NOK air, whilst Don Munag is still open? During this period will both airports be coded BKK? quote]

It's NBK/VTBS as we speak.

[quote=Andaman,reply=23]BKK is such an important airport for them, two daily flights from HEL next winter, with a new connection to KUL in spring. This makes them the second largest European operator in BKK.

Who's the largest then?

LH - Daily 744 FRA-BKK-KUL/SGN
BA - Daily 744 LHR-BKK-SYD
AF - Daily 343/744 CDG-BKK-SGN/HAN
KL - Daily 74E AMS-BKK-TPE
OS - Daily 330/340 VIE-BKK
SK - Daily 343 CPH-BKK
LX - Daily 343 ZRH-BKK
SU - Daily IL9 SVO-BKK

AY - Double Daily M11 HEL-BKK, HEL-BKK-KUL/SIN

Makes AY look hands down the largest unless i'm too tired/missing something obvious.

LH's MUC is not coming back and FRA is staying just daily 744.
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Mon Sep 11, 2006 4:38 am

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 24):

Who's the largest then?

AY - Double Daily M11 HEL-BKK, HEL-BKK-KUL/SIN

Makes AY look hands down the largest unless i'm too tired/missing something obvious.

Thanks Lufthansa747, you must be right, next winter season AY seems to be the biggest.
Got my info from AY, they must have ment the situation now with summer timetables when less flights.
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Mon Sep 11, 2006 5:55 am

I didn't know that the new airport was already being used! I just came across a website with photos of the new airport with passengers walking everywhere. Why would the Thai authorities wait for so long to officially open the new airport and not when the airport was actually opened?

The link:

http://www.asiatraveltips.com/PicturesofSuvarnabhumi.shtml

The new airport looks very nice and futuristic.

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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Mon Sep 11, 2006 8:11 am

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 24):
LH - Daily 744 FRA-BKK-KUL/SGN
BA - Daily 744 LHR-BKK-SYD
AF - Daily 343/744 CDG-BKK-SGN/HAN
KL - Daily 74E AMS-BKK-TPE
OS - Daily 330/340 VIE-BKK
SK - Daily 343 CPH-BKK
LX - Daily 343 ZRH-BKK
SU - Daily IL9 SVO-BKK

Is TK and LO still flying BKK?

This is a lot less than those days in late 90's when I saw not only BA, AF, KL, OS, SK, LX, SU but there were OA, AZ, TK, OK, LO, LT, TP, MA, RO, LZ. I felt like every countries in europe come to Thailand! (just like JFK)

Furthermore, those days, QF used BKK as a big hub too (before they moved to SIN) I hope BKK will get some attention back with this new airport.
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Mon Sep 11, 2006 9:15 am

Quoting NewYorkCityBoi (Reply 27):

Is TK and LO still flying BKK?


TK yes, LO not at the moment.
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Mon Sep 11, 2006 2:36 pm

Quoting Andaman (Reply 28):
TK yes

A new 332 as well since they dropped the SIN tag.

AZ is codesharing with CI.
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Mon Sep 11, 2006 4:06 pm

Quoting Andaman (Reply 25):
next winter season AY seems to be the biggest.
Got my info from AY, they must have ment the situation now with summer timetables when less flights.

And AY will actually keep the double daily also in the summer of '07!
Since the flights will be daily HEL-BKK-HEL MD-11 and daily HEL-BKK-KUL/SIN-BKK-HEL MD-11, AY's daily schedule at BKK will look like this:

09:45 arrival from HEL
11:35 departure to HEL
13:40 arrival from HEL
14:40 departure to SIN/KUL
23:10 arrival from SIN/KUL
00:20 departure to HEL
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Mon Sep 11, 2006 8:20 pm

Quoting UpperDeck79 (Reply 30):
09:45 arrival from HEL
11:35 departure to HEL
13:40 arrival from HEL
14:40 departure to SIN/KUL
23:10 arrival from SIN/KUL
00:20 departure to HEL

WOw! The morning flight has no tag! I wonder AY takes most scandinavian tourist or all around europe on these flight? Because I think TG and SK take care of CPH, ARN good already.
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Tue Sep 12, 2006 5:43 am

Quoting NewYorkCityBoi (Reply 31):

WOw! The morning flight has no tag! I wonder AY takes most scandinavian tourist or all around europe on these flight? Because I think TG and SK take care of CPH, ARN good already.

So far around half of AY's passengers on HEL-BKK has been Finns, plus lot of other Nordics. Especially in summer they need more customers from Northen-Europe generally, if flying twice a day then too.
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Tue Sep 12, 2006 12:42 pm

Quoting PADSpot (Reply 1):
I suppose they should add some holes to the golf course and replace landing fees with green fees ...

I will never forget flying into the old BKK last December and seeing golfers waiting patiently for our airplane to pass so they can cross the taxiway.

Quoting RoyalOrchid773 (Reply 18):
5. CX709 will fly directly from Hong Kong into the new airport on the night of Sept27th without having to land at Don Muang and later have to fly an empty plane to Suvarnabhumi, and so as UA837 (NRT-BKK).

Huh?
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Tue Sep 12, 2006 4:41 pm

Quoting United787 (Reply 33):
I will never forget flying into the old BKK last December and seeing golfers waiting patiently for our airplane to pass so they can cross the taxiway.

As far as I know, this golf course is illegal!, There is a restaurant in the middle with a dark film over all windows to avoid the lights to disturb the runways' lights. I had been to that restaurant many time in my college years. I took my friends there for lunch and to spot the planes. It was very romantic at night too (I had my first kiss there), maybe not as romantic as Kaitak Airport with HongKong skyline as background. After that many of my friends took their date there...  Smile So Place like this will be gone! You can spot the plane very very close, especially when they land at 21L
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Wed Sep 13, 2006 2:54 am

Quoting NewYorkCityBoi (Reply 34):
You can spot the plane very very close, especially when they land at 21L

They were right outside the windows! It is great. I will miss it, however Suvarnabhumi will have an observation deck. Yep, an Observation Deck.

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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Wed Sep 13, 2006 2:25 pm

Quoting NewYorkCityBoi (Thread starter):
What are they going to do with the old Bangkok Donmuang Airport after they open the new Suwanabhumi airport in this coming 2 weeks?

OK. Let me give you a couple of details. All airlines will move out of Don Muang until Sep 28th 2006.
Until then Don Muang will keep BKK as the 3 Letter Code while Suvarnabhumi will carry NBK until
28th. The discussion using DM as a Charter or LCC Airport (ie.RyanAir, Southwest, Jetblue Model)
wont work, as the Thai Airport Authority does not really want to maintain this airport. Remember,
AOT was the first who pushed for a new Bangkok Airport in 1978.

This is what might happen. AOT will lease out the "field" or sanam to the government, most likely the
Royal Airforce, for another couple of years ( > 2012). The Maintenance Facility will remain open at
least another 3 - 5 years. TG has moved 70% of their equipment to the new site at Suvarnabhumi.
It is anticipated that TG will keep the shop open, especially for Painting and extensive D-Checks.
TG serves many customers around Asia. Recently an idea came up, to use Don Muang as a
Maintenance Hub for Asia. The Nation had an extensive article about it.

As you probably know Thai Labor Law is very complicated. One Law says that if a company
moves more than a certain distance it has to pay the employees a compensation. As we all know
TG's staff live around Don Muang ( so do I). While some of the staff will go in retirement, most of
them will receive heavy compensation for going out to Suvarnabhumi now. Some of the staff will
stay at DM's Maintenance Facility (15%). They will continue to have Bus Service from DM to
Suvarnabhumi for all the staff until 2008. Again, most of DM's Staff still lives in the Area.

In regards to traffic, there will be a Speed Elevated Train from Makasan Station ( former Thai
Railway Depot ) to Suvarnabhumi directly. This is to be completed in 2008. Some of the former
Hopewell Construction will be used. Makasan will then become a Terminal where you can actually
check in, ie.HKG or Haneda / Narita / Van Nuys(?)  Smile. Also, Suvarnabhumi has now a real large
Long Term Parking Area. The Bang-Na Trat Elevated Highway is now equipped with 4 Exits leading
to the Airport. There is a funny story about this. In 2003 Thai Officials realized that the new airport
coming along well and getting in shape, they would need a 6 Lane Street to connect the airport to the
main road (Bang-Na). So, they looked in all the plans and drawings but couldn't find a plan for a
possible link. Until 2004 the New Airport actually had no real link to the street system.
Ha  Smile some people lost their heads. Many people do not know that Suvarnabhumi has a rail link
since many years and this from both ends. (connecting to Lad Krabang for Construction Material).

YES, the Novotel has already opened their doors and of course they all want to have a quick Return.
Prices for the rooms are rated at 7000 THB per night  Wink which is nearly triple than downtown, ie
Siam Square or Suk 33.

If you want to know more just sent me a message. Hope this will help a bit.
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Thu Sep 14, 2006 10:14 am

Quoting FXMD11 (Reply 36):
In regards to traffic, there will be a Speed Elevated Train from Makasan Station ( former Thai
Railway Depot ) to Suvarnabhumi directly. This is to be completed in 2008. Some of the former
Hopewell Construction will be used.

Is this at all related?

http://www.2bangkok.com/2bangkok/MassTransit/HopewellMain.shtml

Quoting FXMD11 (Reply 36):
Prices for the rooms are rated at 7000 THB per night

YIKES!
That is so Un-Thai-like. Thailand is known for it's low prices. Is this a sign of things to come in the near future in Thailand?
My hotel room was only 650 THB.
Gosh I hope this paradise doesn't turn in to another Dubai.  no 
That would be horrible!
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Thu Sep 14, 2006 11:08 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 37):
Is this at all related?

http://www.2bangkok.com/2bangkok/Mas...shtml

Thats it, Superfly! But not all of it actually. Most of the piles will be taken away or modified. However the ones between Petchaburi Road and Thanon Rama IV will be used. The one you see from RCA. I actually think it is a great idea to use them an they look really ugly. Hated them from the first day..

Quoting Superfly (Reply 37):
That would be horrible!

You are right but dont forget it is the only hotel out there right now and as soon as the market get balanced the prices will go down. They will soon realize that it wont work. I actually thought about it the other day and can not really imagine who want to stay there. Probably crews and other day sleepers. But then, may be some people just pass through and pay the price.
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Thu Sep 14, 2006 12:09 pm

Are you CERTAIN that the airport will open 28 September? There seems to be some real doubt?
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Thu Sep 14, 2006 2:15 pm

Quoting FXMD11 (Reply 38):
I actually think it is a great idea to use them an they look really ugly. Hated them from the first day..

Exactly!.. hope it wont look ugly when they finish it!

FXMD11, thanks for lots of info!
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:50 am

FXMD11:
From the article, it sounds like Bangkok is going with a company based in Hong Kong.  Sad
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Fri Sep 15, 2006 5:09 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 37):
Thailand is known for it's low prices. Is this a sign of things to come in the near future in Thailand?

Well, even the 7000B rate is less than Amari Don Muang. Ripoffs are everywhere when there's no choice in Thailand. I can't get a direct broadband subscription for my apartment for example, so what they say is 768 kbps is worse than a modem (37 kbps yesterday), and I pay way more than usual broadband monthly rates. And of course if you complain, i goes nowhere.  Sad Simply a businessman (or what I call a criminal) has got one broadband for say 4K/month and shares that to 200 apartments here. Nice business..............

Quoting TonyBurr (Reply 39):
Are you CERTAIN that the airport will open 28 September? There seems to be some real doubt?

It will undoubtedly open, TG's limited schedule to UBP/PHS/CNX and 3K to SIN will start operating today.
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Fri Sep 15, 2006 5:41 am

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 42):
Ripoffs are everywhere when there's no choice in Thailand.

Are you talking about just near the airport?
All the rooms I saw advertised were in the 500-750 THB range.
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Fri Sep 15, 2006 5:51 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 43):
Are you talking about just near the airport?

No, I was talking just general ripofs here like my broadband internet. No option to get it directly, so mine is more expensive than anything I've seen advertised and slower than a dial-up. This guy has simply got one of the cheap broadbands and shares it to all the apartments, charging more for one apartment than probably his monthly fee for the darned thing.

There aren't any other hotels at NBK so obviously the Novotel can charge what they want. Though Amari Don Muang was USD 200+ when 1 USD was 50 baht.
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Fri Sep 15, 2006 6:08 am

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 44):
Though Amari Don Muang was USD 200+ when 1 USD was 50 baht.

WOW!
I stayed at two different hotels in Bangkok.
The Silom City Hotel and the Sawasdee Banglumpoo Inn .
Silom City was 2000 THB per night for a suite.
The Sawasdee Banglumpoo Inn was 650 THB per night for a small room and private bath.

The next time I visit Bangkok, I want to treat myself to a room at the Baiyoke Sky Hotel. I see rates as low as 3300 THB.
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Fri Sep 15, 2006 12:14 pm

15/9: Thai Airways International has started scheduled domestic flights from Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi Airport. The first flight was TG8860 to Phitsanulok, operated by a Boeing 737-400. THAI will also operate some of its Chiang Mai and Ubon Ratchathani flights out of Suvarnabhumi, two weeks ahead of the official opening when all airlines are supposed to start operating out of the new airport. Thai Air Asia and Bangkok Airways have also announced an early start of operations out of Suvarnabhumi and Jetstar Airways (previously Jetstar Asia) is the first international airline to operate there, connecting Bangkok with Singapore.

Various Thai airlines have operated domestic trial flights to and from Suvarnabhumi before, and THAI has also had flights to Singapore and Hong Kong. These were operated to test the airport's readiness. Bangkok's current airport, Don Muang, will close for scheduled traffic on September 28th.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 45):
The next time I visit Bangkok, I want to treat myself to a room at the Baiyoke Sky Hotel. I see rates as low as 3300 THB.

Yes, Bangkok probably has one of the lowest luxury hotel rates in the world. You can get great deals here. We usually stay in the Novotel Lotus off Sukhumvit, or the Sofitel Chateau de Bangkok near the embassy area. The latter offers a studio-type room with separate living area and a bathroom with jacuzzi for 3000 baht per night.
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Fri Sep 15, 2006 3:49 pm

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 44):
No, I was talking just general ripofs here like my broadband internet. No option to get it directly, so mine is more expensive than anything I've seen advertised and slower than a dial-up. This guy has simply got one of the cheap broadbands and shares it to all the apartments, charging more for one apartment than probably his monthly fee for the darned thing.

1. The problem is not your apartment. The internet in all of Thailand, including ADSL is slower than dialup except late night/early morning. It's because the government has a monopoly on fibre optic cables to Singapore and Korea and the CAT (govt) are too cheap to buy more bandwidth. Everyone in Thailand suffers from super-super slow internet. If you have a fixed phone line in your apartment you can get ADSL from True for 590baht/month (about US$15).

2. I took my last flight out of Don Muang today (15Sep) on CX708. The airport was significantly emptier than normal (people flying out of Suvanabhumi starting today?). Passport control only had 8 positions open (normally about 20). I guess the customs people are training at the new airport.

I'm very excited to arrive back in BKK on the 28th morning. We'll see if Thailand can open an airport better than HKG, KUL or DEN and not lose my bags.
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Old Bangkok Airport

Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:25 pm

Quoting Bkkair (Reply 47):
Everyone in Thailand suffers from super-super slow internet.

Quick question.
Why are the Internet cafe connection speeds fast in Bangkok?
I know it sucks having to leave your home to use the Internet but the cafes, even the ones that are in areas with few tourist have fast connections.
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