AviationA 2.2-billion baht proposal to renovate the old domestic terminal will be submitted next month.

Don Mueang readies to expand capacity

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Thailand’s Don Mueang Airport is expected to undertake a third-phase development to ease overcrowding problems.
Thailand’s Don Mueang Airport is expected to undertake a third-phase development to ease overcrowding problems. Photo Credit: Elenathewise/Getty Images

The proposal, if approved, will kick start works later this year or early next year. The terminal, which is currently closed to passengers, can be operational by 2020, Suwannawat explained.

Thailand’s Don Mueang Airport will be submitting a proposal for a 2.2-billion-baht (US$70.3 million) renovation project for its old domestic terminal to the Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) next month, general manager Suthirawat Suwannawat said. 

The upgrading of the old terminal is part of the third-phase development plan for the airport, which is being sped up to ease overcrowding problems, said Suwannawat in a report by The Bangkok Post.

Passenger figures are expected to increase by 14% to 42 million passengers this year, compared to the 37 million the airport handled in 2017. 

The proposal, if approved, will kick start works later this year or early next year. The terminal, which is currently closed to passengers, can be operational by 2020, Suwannawat explained.

The airport management also plans to push for the implementation of another two projects to help the airport's passenger handling operations, said Suwannawat. 

The projects include a 22-million-baht jet bridge renovation project and the installation of more immigration checkpoints that will increase handling capacity from 2,000 passengers per hour to 3,000.

AoT is also expected to approve several short-term development projects for Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai and Phuket airports to address overcrowding problems there. 

Suvarnabhumi airport handles 60 million passengers per year, well exceeding its maximum capacity of 45 million. Better management of the space at Suvarnabhumi and the use of automated systems to facilitate operations will be the key focus, said Aot’s president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn.

AoT Plc has plans to add a second airport each in Phuket and Chiang Mai.


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