Suvarnabhumi Airport

Airports of Thailand (AoT) expects to invite estimates to upgrade Suvarnabhumi Airport under its third phase of development next year. The aim is to relieve overcrowding of passengers with a new passenger terminal and runway.

The move follows phase two of the airport’s expansion in which projects are being put up for tender as authorities race against time to cope with the soaring number of air travellers.

At the moment, authorities are working on two things to pave the way for phase three of the development project.

They are preparing Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environmental and Health Impact Assessment (EHIA) reports, required by law, as well as drafting the terms of reference to hire designers for the new facilities.

The latter is expected to be completed first, so that  the AoT can start the bidding within one or two months of its completion.

The AoT should be ready to receive bids in September of next year or no later than March the following year .

Under phase three of the project, worth 54.6 billion baht, the largest portion of money, totaling 34.6 billion baht, will be spent on the construction of a new terminal which will bolster the airport’s capacity to cope with 90 million passengers a year.

The single-terminal airport, which has been open for more than ten years, was originally designed for 45 million people.

With the growing number of passengers, the AoT decided to carry out phase two of the expansion which aimed to accommodate 60 million people.

It soon became obvious that this was not going to be enough.

Another important part of the plan’s third phase is the construction of a new runway, which would cost about 20 billion baht.

At present, the AoT is authorising the bidding for all projects in the second phase of development, which requires a 50.3-billion-baht investment.

New facilities in this phase includes the expansion of the eastern side of the original terminal and the car park building as well as the construction of an aerobridge link to the airport’s southern part.

The agency is also preparing to invite bidding to install an Automatic People Mover at the airport.

The APM, at an estimated of cost of 2.8 billion baht, would help transportation within Suvarnabhumi Airport as it would carry passengers between the old and new terminals.

Further to all this, the AoT is ready for a new round of checks by the International Civil Aviation Organisation which will next year start the Universal Security Audit Programme (USAP) at airports worldwide.

(Thanks to Bangkok Post)


By Juninho