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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Thailand Has a New Airport

By N.P., MBA, Thailand

Suvarnabhumi Airport opened today, September 28, after it opened for a test on Sept. 15.

The new national airport is larger than the old airport, Don Muang Airport, which is too small now because many people used it, and business in Thailand is growing beyond the size of the old airport. It will be the main airport for Thailand's developing economy.

The Thai government expects Suvarnabhumi Airport will be the main airport of Asia and Southeast Asia.

Suvarnabhumi Airport was named by King Phumiphon, King of Thailand.

Suvarnabhumi Airport has the highest traffic control building,132.2 metres. The passenger building is very large at 563,000 square metres. The 8 floors include an underground floor and will accomodate 45 million people per year.

The new airport is very large and has 360 points to check-in and passport check areas are numerous; 124 points (check-in areas) for incoming and 72 points for outgoing passengers. In the future it will have an electric car railway path in the passenger building, too.

The parking garage for the airport has two buildings. Each of the five floors links with the passenger building. There is room for 5,000 cars in the main lot, and 15,677 cars in the other parking lot.

For a warehouse system it has a service area of 568,000 square metres. They intend to do service work by free duty ritual, 24 hours a day and can handle 3 million tons of goods per year.

I think this new airport will be an important airport for Asia and Southeast Asia. In my opinion this airport will make it so Thai people can work and will be able to help Thai businesses grow.

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