By THE NATION
Wing Commander Suthirawat Suwanawat, general manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport, Airports of Thailand (AOT), said on Friday (October 25) that Suvarnabhumi Airport will close the eastern runway (runway 01R-16L) and rapid exit taxiway at night from 1.30 to 8.30 am to repair and improve the surface.
“The project will start on November 8 and is expected to be completed in 5 months, reopening on April 6 next year,” he said. “The total length of runway to be repaired is 1,100 meters, while the surface of taxiway nos. B3, B5, B7, B8, B10 and B11 will be replaced with asphalt to increase the strength to handle increased usage in the future.”
Suthirawat further explained that the construction was scheduled at night time to avoid causing problems for passengers. “The west runway will still open during those hours, and both runways will be functional from 8.30 am everyday.”
“During the periods of new year (December 25, 2019 – January 6, 2020) and Chinese new year (January 18-31, 2020), the repair on eastern runway will be temporarily suspended since the airport will be very busy,” he added. “AOT will also provide additional staff to facilitate passenger check-ins at every gate.”
Suvarnabhumi Airport’s runway repair and improvement project will be carried out in 3 phases. The first phase covered 900 metres of eastern runway and was completed in April. The second phase will start November 8 as mentioned above, while the last phase will begin around October 2021 and covering the remaining distance on both runways.
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