ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
International group recommends single Thai air hub
Since its opening in 2006, Suvarnabhumi, has been the main airport, while the old airport, Don Mueang, has provided relief capacity and scheduled domestic service.
The report states that Don Mueang should continue in this role until 2015, when Suvaranbhumi should have developed sufficient capacity to handle 65 million passengers from 45 million currently to serve the single-airport policy.
The report said construction of a third runway at Suvarnabhumi and other related infrastructure must be completed and operational by 2024 to meet rising passenger and aircraft flows. The single airport hub should be in place by 2030.
However, indecision continues to plague the AOT as a senior official said the organization had not yet decided whether to follow IATA's recommendation. Apparently, a decision will wait until the current study is paired with another study now being conducted by the UN's International Civil Aviation Organisation and due next February.
Officials hope the proposals will resolve the repeated government indecisiveness over whether Bangkok should be served by one or two international airports.
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