Explaining the ambitious investment plan for Suvarnabhumi Airport

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Airports of Thailand (AOT) he discovered an ambitious investment plan of 4.4 billion baht for improvements at Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Mueang International Airport.

These plans were made public by AOT Deputy Director Keerati Kitmanawat, who shared a vision to increase service and safety standards at Suvarnabhumi Airport to meet passenger traffic expected to return to pre-pandemic figures of 65 million in 2019 .

The primary focus is to increase flight capacity at Suvarnabhumi’s Satellite Terminal 1 (SAT-1) from the existing 50 flights per day to 120 in the next 60 days, with the ultimate goal of reaching a capacity of 400 flights per day by the end of the year. It is anticipated that this expansion will not only offer greater convenience to passengers, but also attract more vendors looking to set up commercial operations within the airport.

In addition, AOT has outlined plans for an eastward expansion project at Suvarnabhumi Airport. The project, which is scheduled to begin bidding in May, will see the east passenger terminal expanded to accommodate an additional 15 million passengers each year. The project has been allocated a budget of 8 billion baht.

The development of Don Mueang International Airport is also on the AOT’s agenda. An investment of 36 billion baht has been set aside for the third phase of the airport’s development. This phase includes the construction of a new international passenger terminal and the renovation of Passenger Building 1. The aim of this upgrade is to increase the airport’s passenger handling capacity from 30 million to 50 million passengers per year, Pattaya News reported.

In related news, envisioned as a hub for direct long-haul flights, AOT is speeding up the construction of the much-awaited Andaman International Airport.

In a recent visit, Transport Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit reviewed the progress of the airport in Phang Nga province, initiating transformative steps to strengthen the local transport infrastructure. Andaman International Airport, currently in its second phase of development, is strategically designed to complement Phuket Airport.

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