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24 August 2009

Bangkok airport to get new runway, domestic terminal

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The Airports of Thailand Public Co., Ltd. (AoT) will submit its plans to construct third runway and a domestic passenger terminal building at Suvarnabhumi Airport to a Cabinet meeting this October, state news agency TNA quoted AoT President Serirat Prasutanond as saying.

If approved by the Cabinet, both plans which will be financed by AoT of about Bt10 billion could be completed within three years, said Serirat.

He said designs for the domestic passenger terminal building are now completed while concerned officials are now studying environmental impact report, submitted by Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning.

Initially, it was determined that a third runway, if built, would in effect reduce the impact of noise on people living near the airport, because it would spread noise pollution over a wider area and reduce the number of landings and departures per runway, he explained.

Construction of the third runway will not hamper services provided at the first and second runways, he added.


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