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Green light for north, west, east expansion of Suvarnabhumi airport

By The Nation

 

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Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob

 

The Airports of Thailand (AOT) got the go-ahead on Friday for the northern, western and eastern expansion of Suvarnabhumi airport at a cost of Bt60 billion, said Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob.

 

 

The plan was approved at a meeting between the committee tasked with boosting the airport’s capacity, the National Economic and Social Development Council, the Finance Ministry and AOT.

 

The East expansion and West expansion projects each will boost capacity by 15 million passengers per year and each cost over Bt7.8 billion.

 

The northern expansion will serve 30 million passengers per year and cost Bt41.26 billion.

 

The AOT told the meeting that the airport needs to expand after seeing 60 million passengers per year pre-Covid-19, while the existing main passenger terminal could only cater to 45 million per year.

 

The AOT is also developing a third runway, which will raise capacity from the current 68 to 90 flights per hour, lifting passengers per year from 60 million to 90 million.

 

The proposed expansion is due to be vetted by the Cabinet in March.

 

The bidding process to build the northern expansion is expected to take six months, with construction due to be completed in September, 2023. Construction of the eastern and western expansions is slated for completion in January 2024.

 

AOT president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn said the AOT is ready to make investment as planned. It has cash flow of Bt32 billion.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/business/30401310

 

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2 hours ago, thenewgoo said:

Approx 57 Billion baht on airport expansions - just seems to be an odd idea in these times. 

One for the airport, two for me. :thumbsup:

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2 hours ago, thenewgoo said:

Approx 57 Billion baht on airport expansions - just seems to be an odd idea in these times. 

 

Not that odd, major works are often used throughout the world to stimulate the economy and create jobs in times of economic downturn.

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Will any money be spent on traffic approaches to and from to alleviate traffic snarl ups on the "motorway" at peak hours?

Sure expand the capacity of the airport but all those people have to get to/from the airport. 

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I wonder if anyone has mentioned to them that the airport will remain empty for at least a year, maybe two or three, and the numbers it saw before are unlikely to return. It's because there's a pandemic on - I read about it on the internet - and far less people will have the spare money to travel.

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27 minutes ago, Bangkok Barry said:

I wonder if anyone has mentioned to them that the airport will remain empty for at least a year, maybe two or three, and the numbers it saw before are unlikely to return. It's because there's a pandemic on - I read about it on the internet - and far less people will have the spare money to travel.

But for the amount of kickbacks expected, this is a very profitable project - for government officials.

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Good time to do it, and good to see someone has a vision post C-19. I've noticed quite a lot of infrastructure work being commenced since March last year , even new condos, shops, and properties being built.  With all the gloom of Covid and all the negative reports from the tourism industry it make a refreshing change.

Can't wait to get back travelling, not only because it has impacted our business ( non tourism). 

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Public transportation projects must be planned for future needs. Seems obvious, yes?

 

On 1/15/2021 at 9:27 PM, thenewgoo said:

Approx 57 Billion baht on airport expansions - just seems to be an odd idea in these times. 

Why? The airport was over capacity pre Covid. You think we will be in Covid state forever, with no hope of coming back to our lives in 1-2 years? Already 1 year  finish.

 

On 1/16/2021 at 12:56 AM, Bangkok Barry said:

I wonder if anyone has mentioned to them that the airport will remain empty for at least a year, maybe two or three, and the numbers it saw before are unlikely to return. It's because there's a pandemic on - I read about it on the internet - and far less people will have the spare money to travel.

If airport is  going  to be empty for 1 year as you claim, then excellent time to do disruptive construction. Disruptive because of equipment and need for  detours and tarmac adjustments and air traffic controls.

If you read article, 

-bidding process -six months. (I expect maybe 1 year)

-Phase 1 construction  to be completed in September, 2023.  (I expect maybe  December 2023 or Q1 2024

-Phase 2 expansion cannot go until above is complete and it may not happen. (I expect at best maybe 2025)

 

Expansion is not easy. Must clear with airlines in advance to allow schedule planning and delays and shifting of some operations. If they listen to TVF critics, they wait until airport is close to collapse again due to over capacity and farangs start complaining again airport overcrowded, too small yap, yap, yap. Smart to start now and maybe with luck finish 5 years. Pandemic will be long  finished. Maybe we have new pandemic or war or have meteorite impact in that time, but life must go on until then.

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6 hours ago, Patong2021 said:

Expansion is not easy. Must clear with airlines in advance to allow schedule planning and delays and shifting of some operations. If they listen to TVF critics, they wait until airport is close to collapse again due to over capacity and farangs start complaining again airport overcrowded, too small yap, yap, yap. Smart to start now and maybe with luck finish 5 years. Pandemic will be long  finished. Maybe we have new pandemic or war or have meteorite impact in that time, but life must go on until then.

 

There is no mention of airline schedules being affected during a construction period. Perhaps you have inside knowledge on that, or it is simply your declaration that it will be necessary. Runway maintenance is usually the only cause of disruption to schedules.

It's a pity that all their thinking in advance planning didn't extend to building a large enough airport right at the start, an airport that was so overcrowded from the day it opened that they had to re-open the old one to take the overflow.

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On 1/18/2021 at 7:01 AM, spiekerjozef said:

Let's spent it on an empty airport.

Yep, instead we should wait until the airport becomes really busy and overcrowded again, then start planning an expansion so 4-5 later it will be better.  That way the TVF grumps will get to complain about it incessantly and tell everyone that the Thais have no forward thinking.

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