Airports of Thailand to clarify public doubts on Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Passenger Terminal 2 project
Passenger Terminal 2 project now known as Suvarnabhumi Airport’s ‘Concourse A Annex project’
By THE NATION
09 October 2019
Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, President of Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT) said on Tuesday (October 8 ) that AOT had reported the progress of Suvarnabhumi Airport’s Concourse A Annex project (formally known as Passenger Terminal 2 project) at a recent meeting with Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob.
“This project is valued at Bt4.2 billion,” he said. “It has become highly controversial since many parties argue that the construction is out of line with the airport’s master development plan.”
Nitinai said that he has explained the need for the project to the minister, and promised that AOT would make sure that the public and dissenters understand before construction starts.
“Many people have asked me if the construction of the Concourse A Annex will worsen the traffic congestion on the motorway and around the airport,” he said.
“To answer this question accurately, AOT is now studying the impact on surrounding areas and other modes of transportation by collaborating with related agencies such as the Highway Department, the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning, and the Architect Council of Thailand.”
Nitinai added that the study would be completed by the end of October and that he would present the results to the Transport Minister early in November.
The application for a construction permit for the project is currently underway. The annex is expected to handle over 40 million passengers per year and help alleviate the congestion within Suvarnabhumi Airport.