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Check-In Service Starts Today On Suvarnabhumi Airport Link

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The lack of check-in services at Makkasan for all airlines or even all Thai airlines is hardly a deal-breaker. Rather than Hong Kong, a better analogue is found in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where the KLIA Express Rail Link which offers check-in services at KL Sentral for 4 airlines.

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FINALLY a public transport link......unfortunately totally useless for all the passengers flying out with another than BBK Airways and Thai.....and I bet thats a lot ((((-:

OK then, in future I will buy only ThaiAirways tickets which cost me double from a normal (good) Airline with friendly staff on board but I save 150.-Baht on a Taxi to or from the airport :lol:

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Considering my location on Sukhumvit, early morning flights and lugging baggage, this new service is absolutely useless for me. Even if I were near the airport-train station, I'd still take a taxi ... they're so cheap and I get door to door service any time I want.

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Coming out of the Makkasan station in a taxi, there is no right turn towards Asoke where I live. No U turn further up the road as well. That means a big circle and a 30 min (at least) taxi ride. I might as well take a taxi direct from the airport for all the extra hassle and time and cost it will take to take the Express.

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The article states that "Initially, the check-in service will be available only for people flying with Thai Airways International and Bangkok Airways." Seems like to me they are going to start with the domestic airlines and will eventually widen the scope of the service. Think it would be a good idea to test the bugs in the service and correct before taking on more airlines. This train is another option that hopefully many will find useful. It is like anything in the beginning it has to prove itself useful and efficient. Hopefully it will and thus result in less strain on taxis and private cars. Time will tell.

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Airport Link check-in system launched

BANGKOK, Jan 4 -- Thailand's Suvarnabhumi Airport's Airport Link launched its full operations on Tuesday as its check-in service was opened for the first time, while passenger fares are now at full-fare level after a four-month reduced-fee introductory operation period.

Airline passengers now may use the new check-in and baggage handling service systems at the City Air Terminal, also known as Makkasan Station, for Thai Airways International (THAI) and Bangkok Airways.

More airlines are expected to set up check-in counters in the future.

Passengers may check in 3-12 hours before their scheduled departure time. After check-in they may use the Express Line which provides a 15-minute non-stop journey between Makkasan and the airport.

However, few passengers are using the new check-in services on the first day.

Together with Airport Link service being fully operational Tuesday, fares were increased.

Fares for the City Line, which cost a flat fee Bt15 per trip during the promotional period, have been adjusted from a Bt15 minimum fare to Bt45, the depending on distance.

City Line, departing from Phaya Thai Station, takes 30 minutes to reach the airport as it makes eight stops across the capital to take passengers.

The Express Line shuttle between Makkasan station and Suvarnabhumi airport is now Bt150 per passenger, up from the promotional fare of Bt100.

The 28km rail link connects Suvarnabhumi Airport on the eastern approaches of the capital and the City Air Terminal in Bangkok's Makkasan area, shortening travel times for inbound and outbound air travellers as well as easing arrivals and departures compared to other modes of airport transport.

After long delays in construction and several test runs, the Airport Link began commercial services Aug 23 with special discount fares offered until the end of last year, and the direct check in service system began today.

State Railway of Thailand (SRT) Governor Yutthana Thapcharoen said during the first several months of trials, the City Line was popular as 47,000 passengers were record as peak per day.

He believed the fare adjustment will not affect the eventual number of passengers as it is considered lower than other countries and cheaper when compared with other transportation to Suvarnabhumi airport.

The governor said he believed that full operations will generate a minimum Bt1 million daily for SRT and the passenger load will achieve 50,000 rides per day. (MCOT online news)

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-- TNA 2011-01-04

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Makkasan is a waste of time and money, in my opinion. The service from Phaya Thai is quite adequate at a fraction of the cost. Just check in at the airport, what's the big deal? And coming back it's a darn sight easier to get on the train than join the taxi scrum.

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Trains will run between 6am and midnight? Is Swampy not a 24hr Airport? I knew there had to be a good reason for living at Bang-Na. Taxi every time.

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Very convenient for those of us living outside Bangkok. Minibus to Victory monument(Piyathai) and then a direct 45baht  27 minute ride to the airport. Saving time and money.<br>

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... I just wonder where you have to be for Makkasan to be convenient? ...

I used to stay along Ratchadaphisek Road for a couple of month last year.

There are so many really big MP's out there with a lot of Japanese tourists staying around ...

Makkasan is right between Sukhumvit / Asoke and Ratchadaphisek - 5 min walk from Phetburi MRT station.

Not too bad anyway.

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This is a "Hong Kong Lite" check-in service. In HK, one can check in for numerous airlines at the Central HK Airport Express train station, not just HK "flagship" airlines like Cathay Pacific, as Swampy is doing by only providing check-in for Thai and Bangkok Airways "initially". Let's see how long it takes them to establish check-in services for other airlines.

Still, better than what it is now. But if Thailand wants Swampy to be one of the world's top 10 airports.....hmmmmmmm....not quite ready for Prime Time just yet.

In HK can also check in at Kowloon Airport Express station...not sure why, but I have received more upgrades at this check in than any other airport check-in I use throughout the world... :-)

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I will continue using the Phaya Thai Airlink train , only 45 baht and it takes you to the airport within 25 minutes. Will never use the express train.

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The Express train is an abysmal failure. They might as well dump it now, before they commit anything more to the service. The Thais just won't pay the exorbitant luxury fare, and there aren't enough tourists to justify the expense of running the service. The City Line is amazingly successful. It is also already overcrowded. They need to take the Express train cars, repaint them, and run longer trains on the City Line. The three car trains they are running are woefully inadequate.

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Thai standards are still WAY WAY behind the curve - I myself will continue to use the same transportation system I have been using for many years (Taxi - LOL) to get from BKK to the airport - this decision is based upon the Thai mentality to restrict everyone to only Thai airlines baggage transfers and NOT the multitude of other airlines - one of which is my primary carrier. I am sure if I tested this new system - it would cost a fraction less and not save me any time otherwise.[/font] Thai limited thinking has to be brought to their attention every chance possible - unless you want to have your travels changed daily - whatever mood suits them for the day.

They aren't "restricting" anything.

The other airlines haven't set up their most likely because there are not enough passengers using the link yet.

Of course Thai Airways are there. They are the national airline.

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