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  • Suvarnabhumi Airport Extension Plan

    Suvarnabhumi Airport’s passenger terminal to be extended for future tourists

    In the next 10 years, Thailand could rank as the world’s ninth busiest travel hub welcoming 200 million passengers each year, according to a forecast from the International Air Transport Association. To prepare for the anticipated post-pandemic uptick, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport is extending its east side of the main passenger terminal. The government approved an initial budget of 7.8 Billion THB for the East Expansion project with construction expected to start this November for service in March 2025.

    From the research to develop and level up the capability of the Suvarnabhumi Airport from IATAS and the International Civil Aviation Organisation, or ICAO, Thailand’s tourism situation will be revived by 2024 or 2025 with around 65 million passengers arriving at Thailand’s airports per year. Before the pandemic, Thailand welcomed 40 million passengers.

    For the expansion project, according to Thai media, the area on the second floor, which currently has food for passengers, will be changed to support more travellers. The extension will be around 66,000 square metres offering 108 check-in counters, six baggage belts, and nine arrival checkpoints.

    Kerati Kijmanawat, from the SEVP, Engineering & Construction at Airports of Thailand PCL., said that this is the perfect time to operate the project because the terminal isn’t crowded due to travel restrictions across the globe.

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    New Passenger Terminal | Driverless Trains @ Suvarnabhumi

    The Airport of Thailand announced that the new passenger terminal at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok will be ready for use by April 2023. The Automated People Mover train, which will be the nation’s first driverless electric train used in Thai airports, will be available for passengers to travel between each terminal at the same time too.

    The President of the AOT, Nitinai Siriamatthakarn, informed media that the construction of the new passenger terminal, Satellite 1 (SAT1) had finished, and it would be ready for use in April next year. He also added that the airport capacity would be increased to welcome 60 million passengers per year, up from 45 million passengers. And, with 28 aircraft stand taxiplanes, the airport will be able to support up to 68 flights per hour.

    The new SAT1 terminal is a 4-story building giving way to 216.000 square metres. The B2 floor is for the APM trains, the B1 floor is for the airport office, the G floor is for a conveyor belt, the 2nd floor is for arrivals, the 3rd floor is for departures, and the 4th floor is for restaurants.

    The APM will be ready for use at the same time too. The nation’s first driverless electric train in an airport will be shuttling trains that connect the former terminal with the new terminal.

    Nitinai explained that AOT imported the 6 APM trains from Austria. Each train has 2 compartments available to welcome 210 passengers per trip or 5,900 passengers per hour. Each train will be tested until they are officially ready for service to ensure its safety, stability, accuracy, and punctuality. Nitinai says no problems have been reported since the AOT started its trials.