Major upgrading by Airports of Thailand

Construction News

Airports of Thailand is making progress with a massive upgrade covering all five major airports in its national portfolio: Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Mae Fah Luang – Chiang Rai in the north, Phuket on the southwest coast and Hat Yai in the south eastern Songkhla Province.

The biggest venture is, not surprisingly at Suvarnabhumi where Italian Thai Development – a major player in construction and infrastructure development, part of a long-established conglomerate – has won the tender to build three levels (ground and two basements) of what is known as the first concourse building midfield, along with aprons and a connection to the southern tunnel.

Two other contracts have been awarded and bidding documents are being prepared for levels 2-4 of the concourse, extending the southern tunnel, an eastern extension of the passenger terminal, an airline office building, eastern car park, a new baggage handling system and an explosive detection system.

A committee is looking at pricing scope for an automated people mover system.

At Don Mueang, restoration of passenger terminal 2 has been completed and finance arranged for phase III of the master development plan.

This will see the modernisation of terminal 1 featuring a connection with the Don Mueang station which will be served by the future Red Line commuter route.

Other developments include improvement of concourse 6, a car park and office building.

Chiang Mai is gearing up for a substantial upgrade, to be completed in stages through to 2030. The project will include a new international passenger terminal, improvement of existing terminals, an apron for 38 aircraft, new car park, office building and associated roading infrastructure.

Stage I of redevelopment at Phuket covers a new international terminal, face-lifting the existing terminal, broadening the apron and upgrading facilities. The terminal is trialling operations and is expected to be in full commercial operation next month.

Stage II will include expansion of the new terminal, enlarging apron and improving access roads.

Current plans for Chiang Rai cover an extra apron, taxiway, helicopter parking and other improvements.

And Hat Yai is to get a parallel taxiway, expanded apron, a new terminal and makeover of the existing facility, car park building and infrastructure.

Passenger and freight throughput is on the rise at all of AOT’s airports.

AOT became a public company in 2002. It was formed from the previous Airports Authority of Thailand.