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AOT considers bidding for Don Mueang’s Bt34-bn Phase Three

By The Nation

 

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Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, president of the Airports of Thailand (AOT), said the third phase of the Don Mueang Airport is being considered, though the agency has to consult with the State Enterprise Policy Office (SEPO) first.

 

He said if the two agree with the plan, then AOT will submit the plan to the Transport Ministry before it is forwarded to the Cabinet for approval.

 

He said the airport’s third phase will cost Bt34.3 billion and will include the building of Terminal 3, expanding the parking lot and adjacent buildings to connect with the Red Line Skytrain, hotel and the automated people moving system.

 

Nitinai added that the AOT is almost ready to start a bidding for this public-private partnership investment project.

 

The Don Mueang International Airport currently welcomes 40 million passengers per year, but its capacity is only for 30 million, which causes congestion during rush hour.

 

The AOT will initially work on solving urgent problems, such as increasing the areas for Visa on Arrival and immigration channels, adding more check-in counters, expanding the waiting area at the bus gate and will later consider building a terminal to accommodate 1,200 to 3,000 package tourists per hour, with the aim of having it completed by 2020.

 

For the construction of Terminal 3, the domestic terminal and airplane parking No 6 will have to be demolished. The AOT will also renovate Terminal 1 to accommodate as many as 22 million domestic passengers per year. Warehouses Nos 1 and 2 will also be renovated, the traffic system and aircraft parking lot expanded and the utility system improved.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/business/30376339

 

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To shorten the turn-around time it would also help to get those gigglers at the hand luggage screening stations to not only do their job but to help passengers instead of barking at them like dogs.

Other airlines might want to consider, if you let passengers board from back to front or front to back. Thai Lion Air boards the front rows first which clogs the only aisle leading to the back of the aircraft. 

I've seen planes parked for an hour from disembarking arriving passengers to boarding; once the plane is empty, the plane has been (roughly) cleaned, they could start boarding .......... and leave on time.

 

Get passengers to board with ONE hand luggage and not the content of an entire wall unit. Get carriers to announce it clearly on websites and points-of-sale (like non-flammables etc.) and if Somchai arrives with donuts for Grannie from Krispy Kreme then charge him a (pre-announced) Baht 500 - or leave the exceeding number of luggage behind. Will work wonders, will increase the airline's revenue on normal luggage (which they sell separately now already) and boarding/disembarking is so much easier. 


Most delays, in my opinion, are created in and around passengers. If that is addressed, the turn-around of planes is shortened resulting in higher frequency on the ground and better revenue hours in the air. 

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This is not a conflict of interest? AOT bidding for work on a terminal they will operate? Are they on the assessment committee?

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Wasn't DMK supposed to be decommissioned after Swampy opened?

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15 hours ago, Chang_paarp said:

This is not a conflict of interest? AOT bidding for work on a terminal they will operate? Are they on the assessment committee?

It is restricted to a committee of two, AOT and King Power.

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16 hours ago, DrTuner said:

Wasn't DMK supposed to be decommissioned after Swampy opened?

It was and remains an Air Force base. The commercial side was decommissioned after they opened Swampy, however the popularity of low cost airlines proved too much for the Swampy folk so they offered money to the Air Force, who generously agreed to allow DM to be used for domestic and international low cost couriers. With the increase in popularity of the cheap flights all the terminal space at DM has been used and now they need to expand and share some more money with the Air Force and AOT.

Lets hope they get some of the facilities right.

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23 hours ago, DrTuner said:

Wasn't DMK supposed to be decommissioned after Swampy opened?

It only really closed for a 6 month period as domestic flights continued there from March 2007 upon MOT recommendation after the Sept 2006 closing.

Then, the Yingluck govt rightly decided to make it the main LCC airport as govt policy in March 2012.

 

Even with the delayed T2 & T3 at BKK, imagine how bad Swampy would be if DMK wasn't open. 

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