Carfield
Topic Author
Posts: 2046
Joined: Fri Dec 19, 2003 5:49 pm

Will The Coup Affect Opening Of New BKK Airport

Thu Sep 21, 2006 8:59 am

Just curious... if the military coup will delay the opening of the new BKK airport! The coup looks pretty peaceful and nothing seems to be going wrong, but then since the new BKK airport is a major project of the former/exile prime minister, will the new BKK airport no longer being "rushed" to be opened to save Thaksin's face? And will a more realistic transition take place? or the new airport will simply suffer more delays?

Any insights from fellow a.netters in Thailand?

carfield
 
echster
Posts: 396
Joined: Thu Sep 02, 2004 4:01 pm

RE: Will The Coup Affect Opening Of New BKK Airport

Thu Sep 21, 2006 12:21 pm

I'm to lazy to search for it on the net, but I read an article today that General Sonthi said Suvarnabhumi will open as scheduled.
 
satx
Posts: 2774
Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2005 7:26 am

RE: Will The Coup Affect Opening Of New BKK Airport

Thu Sep 21, 2006 1:17 pm

At this point what critical part still requires completion before the airport can be opened for business? Any delay should be fairly minimal in my view. It may not open in September, but sometime in October is quite possible and November should see most of the early bugs worked out. I'd say plan your next trip for December and you should arrive at the new airport with everything more or less functional. Too bad the BTS can't yet reach BKK, but taxi's are still cheap by Western standards. Catch a Mercedes to your 5* hotel and leave the BTS for your next trip.
Open Season on Consumer Protections is Just Around the Corner...
 
satx
Posts: 2774
Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2005 7:26 am

RE: Will The Coup Affect Opening Of New BKK Airpor

Thu Sep 21, 2006 3:41 pm

Quote:


Airport's opening still on for next Thursday

AMORNRAT MAHITTHIROOK

The new Suvarnabhumi airport's official opening will take place next Thursday as scheduled despite the Thaksin government's downfall, officials said yesterday. In a meeting with the agencies concerned yesterday, transport permanent secretary Wanchai Sarathulthat said that the airport's commercial opening would go ahead as planned.

All airlines have been instructed to relocate their operations from Don Muang airport to Suvarnabhumi and their winter flight schedules have been set, he said.

More...

http://www.bangkokpost.net/News/21Sep2006_news20.php
Open Season on Consumer Protections is Just Around the Corner...
 
satx
Posts: 2774
Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2005 7:26 am

RE: Will The Coup Affect Opening Of New BKK Airport

Thu Sep 21, 2006 5:22 pm

Quote:


Suvarnabhumi Airport will start full operation on September 28, 2006 according to the schedule, said Gen Sonthi Boonyaratglin today.

Earlier, there were speculations that the coup might further delay the opening of the new airport.

Airports of Thailand Plc (AOT) officials also confirmed that Suvarnabhumi Airport would start full operation as scheduled of September 28, 2006.

http://www.bangkokairportonline.com/taxonomy/term/1
Open Season on Consumer Protections is Just Around the Corner...
 
HB-IWC
Posts: 4036
Joined: Fri Sep 22, 2000 1:09 am

RE: Will The Coup Affect Opening Of New BKK Airport

Thu Sep 21, 2006 8:53 pm

Here at Garuda Indonesia, we have to day received confirmation that the opening of the new airport will go ahead as planned. Our last flight out of Don Muang will be on Spetember 27 and our first flight into Suvarnabhumi will be on the next day. I think the sitation in Thailand is seriously overhyped. Life seems to be going on pretty much as normal, and none of the airlines' operations has been affected a single bit by the recent political events.
 
satx
Posts: 2774
Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2005 7:26 am

RE: Will The Coup Affect Opening Of New BKK Airport

Thu Sep 21, 2006 11:56 pm

Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 5):
Life seems to be going on pretty much as normal, and none of the airlines' operations has been affected a single bit by the recent political events.

Some airlines apparently had minor delays or even cancelled flights (Emirates, for example) but they did this on their own and not because they were prevented from operating flights by anyone else.
Open Season on Consumer Protections is Just Around the Corner...
 
VTBDflyer
Posts: 341
Joined: Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:04 pm

RE: Will The Coup Affect Opening Of New BKK Airport

Fri Sep 22, 2006 6:10 am

You would think that it would delay the opening, but I'm not too sure. I have some friends there (I'm in the US now) who are insiders in the whole project and no word from them. I would suspect that they would try extremely hard to have it open on Sept 28.

VTBDflyer
Fly Thai

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos