August 11, 2006: Thailand’s Minister of Transportation, Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisarn just announced that the new state-of-the-art Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) will be ready and fully operational on September 28, 2006, its official operation day. (will have a ‘grand opening’ by the king in December)

Airports of Thailand (AOT) president Chotisak Asapaviriya stated “AOT will take the greatest care to ensure a smooth launch and provide world-class customer and passenger service for all travelers that come through the new airport.” The Minister expressed the utmost confidence in the AOT’s professional handling of the international opening.”

In fact, because of the successful test of 22 flights flown by six private airlines on July 28, 2006, the Minister was proud to state that the airport could indeed open early with limited domestic service. Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisarn said “An early opening would benefit the international flying public because the Airport Authorities would have had the opportunity to test airport operations for two weeks prior to the official opening”.

The stunning new multi-million dollar international airport will surpass the terminal size of Hong Kong International Airport, making the largest terminal building in the world. When fully operational, the airport will replace the current Bangkok International Airport (Don Mueang) as Bangkok’s primary airport for all commercial airline flights.

Operationally, it features two parallel runways and two parallel taxiways to accommodate simultaneous departures and arrivals; and has a total of 120 parking bays and gates and can easily accommodate the world’s largest aircraft-the Airbus A380 aircraft. Initially, the new international airport will be capable of handling 45 million passengers and 3 million tons of cargo per year.

Parking will be made extremely easy with two 5-story parking garages with a capacity of 5,000 cars. And a brand new five-star, 600-room Novotel hotel will open on the airport grounds as well, adding to traveler convenience.

International airlines and alliances that will be enjoying the lavish new facility include Thai Airways, United Airlines, the Star Alliance, British Airways, Japan Airlines (JAL), All Nippon Airlines (ANA), China Airlines and others. These elite international carriers will treat their passengers to the service and hospitality that can only be found in a brand new airport in Thailand. It is expected that additional international carriers will add Bangkok, Thailand to their route structure in the very near future in order to take advantage of the new airport and facility.

Thailand’s new international airport is located about 15 miles from downtown Bangkok. The name of the new airport, Suvarnabhumi (pronounced “su-wan-na-poom”) was granted by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The name which translates as “The Golden Land” specifically refers to the Indochina region that includes Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Burma. Suvarnabhumi or “The Golden Peninsula or Golden Land” is the traditional Thai name for the region.

The world renowned German architectural design firm Murphy/Jahn Architects was the creative force behind the airport’s innovative look and user friendly experience. This award winning firm is responsible for some of the most notable structures in the world including the European Union HQ, the Burbank Media Center, the Shanghai International Expo Centre, and the Kempinski Hotel in Munich. The experience and designs that were developed insure comprehensive passenger satisfaction, and insures that the airport is as good to look at, as it is to use.

For more information on the new Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), please visit us online at www.airportthai.com