Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport readies for floods

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bangkok_don_mueng_airportBangkok’s second largest airport Don Mueang, used by a number of low-cost airlines including Airasia, said on October 5 it has finished building flood walls and strengthening its internal water management system equipped with pumps to be prepared for possible flooding in the coming weeks.

A 13-kilometer flood wall, built with help from the Royal Thai Air Force, would prevent water from outside from entering the site, said Chaturongkapon Sodmanee, the airport’s general manager. If flooding does occur inside the airport, it has 12 pumping stations with 37 pumps that have a combined capacity of pumping 48,000 cubic meters of water per hour.

The Royal Thai Air Force also has another six pumps with a capacity to discharge 26,000 cubic meters per hour. As well, the airport also has an internal pond with capacity to accept up to 1.2 million cubic meters of water.

Officials are confident that with such preparation, the airport will be able to provide services to passengers without any interruption. The airport was hard hit during the great flood in October and November 2011 with water covering the ground and damaging many aircraft. Some had to be retired from service, abandoned or sold for scrap.

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Bangkok’s second largest airport Don Mueang, used by a number of low-cost airlines including Airasia, said on October 5 it has finished building flood walls and strengthening its internal water management system equipped with pumps to be prepared for possible flooding in the coming weeks.

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bangkok_don_mueng_airportBangkok’s second largest airport Don Mueang, used by a number of low-cost airlines including Airasia, said on October 5 it has finished building flood walls and strengthening its internal water management system equipped with pumps to be prepared for possible flooding in the coming weeks.

A 13-kilometer flood wall, built with help from the Royal Thai Air Force, would prevent water from outside from entering the site, said Chaturongkapon Sodmanee, the airport’s general manager. If flooding does occur inside the airport, it has 12 pumping stations with 37 pumps that have a combined capacity of pumping 48,000 cubic meters of water per hour.

The Royal Thai Air Force also has another six pumps with a capacity to discharge 26,000 cubic meters per hour. As well, the airport also has an internal pond with capacity to accept up to 1.2 million cubic meters of water.

Officials are confident that with such preparation, the airport will be able to provide services to passengers without any interruption. The airport was hard hit during the great flood in October and November 2011 with water covering the ground and damaging many aircraft. Some had to be retired from service, abandoned or sold for scrap.

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