Thailand to expand Don Mueang airport

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Don Mueang1Bangkok’s old airport Don Mueang may be expanded and reopened as a full service airport to rival Suvarnabhumi by 2015, Airports of Thailand (AoT) vice chairman Pongsak Semson said, according to a Bangkok Post report on October 8.

AoT is currently renovating terminals 1 and 2 at Don Mueang in the north of Bangkok and the runways to expand its handling capacity to 30 million passengers a year within two years. Don Mueang currently operates only terminal 1 for budget airlines for domestic and international flights on point to point service, to ease the pressure on crowded Suvarnabhumi, which was opened in 2006 and now handles more passengers than its planned annual 45 million capacity.

AoT will seek government approval to upgrade Don Mueang and ease regulations and rules to allow all airlines to use it, including those keen to use it for connecting flights. Operating dual international airports for Bangkok – Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi – follows the example already set by many countries, he said.

Suvarnabhumi is currently designated as Bangkok’s only major airport, and Don Mueang was reopened to supplement it. But Don Mueang could compete foir flights with Suvarnabhumi as it has an edge in being located closer to Bangkok downtown.

Don Mueang can currently handle up to 16 million a year and serves Thai AirAsia, Nok Air and Orient Thai Airlines.

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Bangkok’s old airport Don Mueang may be expanded and reopened as a full service airport to rival Suvarnabhumi by 2015, Airports of Thailand (AoT) vice chairman Pongsak Semson said, according to a Bangkok Post report on October 8.

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Don Mueang1Bangkok’s old airport Don Mueang may be expanded and reopened as a full service airport to rival Suvarnabhumi by 2015, Airports of Thailand (AoT) vice chairman Pongsak Semson said, according to a Bangkok Post report on October 8.

AoT is currently renovating terminals 1 and 2 at Don Mueang in the north of Bangkok and the runways to expand its handling capacity to 30 million passengers a year within two years. Don Mueang currently operates only terminal 1 for budget airlines for domestic and international flights on point to point service, to ease the pressure on crowded Suvarnabhumi, which was opened in 2006 and now handles more passengers than its planned annual 45 million capacity.

AoT will seek government approval to upgrade Don Mueang and ease regulations and rules to allow all airlines to use it, including those keen to use it for connecting flights. Operating dual international airports for Bangkok – Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi – follows the example already set by many countries, he said.

Suvarnabhumi is currently designated as Bangkok’s only major airport, and Don Mueang was reopened to supplement it. But Don Mueang could compete foir flights with Suvarnabhumi as it has an edge in being located closer to Bangkok downtown.

Don Mueang can currently handle up to 16 million a year and serves Thai AirAsia, Nok Air and Orient Thai Airlines.

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