Thai TV Channel 7 reported on the work being carried out at Bangkok’s main airport – Stage 2 of the 100 billion baht project at Suvarnabhumi.
Pongpanot Surachetapong’s report showed the building of the new terminal that will include a lot more parking and a revamped baggage system connecting to the existing buildings.
Western runway number 3 is expected to be finished by 2020. It is four kilometers long and 60 meters wide.
It will enable capacity at the airport to jump from the current 68 flights per hour to 94.
It is hoped that the improved airport will be able to handle 60 million passengers a year.
The report said that the two to three year project is on track and 30% complete.
“The two expansion projects are part of the overall airport enlargement that would see Suvarnabhumi raise its annual passenger handling capacity to 125 million passengers, 90 million international and 35 million domestic passengers by 2024 at an estimated cost of 163 billion baht.(US$5.25 billion/€3.62 billion) The expansion includes the construction of one additional runway, subsequent enlargement of domestic and international terminals, and improvements to parking bays, car parks, and other airport infrastructure.
An expansion plan to increase the passenger capacity of the airport to 65 million by building an additional satellite passenger terminal linked to the current main terminal via an underground automated people mover (APM) system is set to be voted on by the AOT board during a 17 May 2012 meeting. If the plan gains endorsement by the board it will be able to proceed to appointing a project management consultant (PMC) which will bring it one step closer to commencing construction on the much needed expansion. If all goes to plan the expansion is set to be completed in 2018. The expansion also includes a plan to expand the airport parking garage as well as the expansion of the eastern end of the main passenger terminal by 135 meters along with the construction of a new airline office building. The expansion does include plans to construct a third runway of 3,700 meters. According to the Bangkok Post, the new satellite terminal will have a total of 28 gates, with eight for the Airbus A380 super jumbo jet.
The new passenger terminal will be used only by Bangkok Airways and flag carrier Thai Airways (and its budget subsidiary Thai Smile). Upon completion of satellite terminal, expected opening in early 2019, other Star Alliance members will be given a check-in concourse of Thai Airways ”