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Suvarnabhumi International Airport

Suvarnabhumi International Airport: Suvarnabhumi is pronounced Su-wana-boom

  • Background: Suvarnabhumi Airport officially opened on September 28, 2006 after a forty-five-year wait. As far back as 1960, the Royal Thai government hired Litchfield Whiting Bowne & Associates to conduct a feasibility study and layout for a city plan of Bangkok. In its study, the company proposed that the municipality should make preparations for a new commercial airport as Bangkok's current international airport would reach maximum operating capacity by 2006. The study noted that without a new airport, Thailand's economy in general, and the country's travel and tourism industry in particular, would be much affected. The new airport with total area of 20,000-rai or 32.4 square kilometers - six times larger than the site of the present Bangkok International Airport, was opened on January 19, 2002. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej had bestowed upon the airport the name 'Suvarnabhumi' or 'golden land'. Investment for the new airport totaled 150 billion baht (about four billion USD), made up from 137 billion baht from government and state enterprise funding and 13 billion baht from the private sector. Suvarnabhumi Airport have an advanced airport information and management system (AIMS) costing 2 billion baht, replicating that of Athens International Airport, which is recognized as one of the most modern airports in the world. However, Suvarnabhumi Airport is much larger and Thailand will be recognized as having the world's most modern, IT-equipped international airport. Many feel that Suvarnabhumi will be at the center of Thailand's growth and economic development. It is expected that during the first five years of operation Suvarnabhumi Airport could occupy twelfth or thirteenth place as growth in the commercial airline industry rises rapidly in the Asia Pacific region.

  • Structure & Architecture: The airport has a passenger terminal area of 563,000 square meters comprising a seven-storey building and a basement floor area. The terminal is lined with 2 types of wall material comprising aluminum wall from the first to second floors. From the 2nd floor to the roof and on some parts of the ground floor to the roof, there is a glass wall using the cable-stayed system known as 'cable-stayed fade'. The overall look of the building reflects a detailed design process, a fine combination of various branches of architectural designs expressed in the most direct and simple way, which makes Suvarnabhumi Airport's architecture a unique feature and one of the most outstanding airport designs among international airports.

  • Facts about Suvarnabhumi International Airport: The main terminal, located on an area of 563,000 square meters, is the largest in the world, and some 10,000 square meters larger than Hong Kong International Airport. At a height of 132 meters, Suvarnabhumi Airport has the tallest control tower in the world, ten meters taller than the one at Malaysia International Airport. Its hotel has 612 rooms, the largest in the world, 4 restaurants, bars, and 2,400 sq meters meting & convention center and extensive recreation facilities with an Airport Link rail station located in the lobby area.

  • Aircraft Terminal: The seven aircraft terminals, annotated A, B, C, D, E, F and G each has a glass roof lined with a strong and durable synthetic material. Suvarnabhumi Airport enable to process up to 45 million passengers and 3 million tons of cargo annually. This will result in the airport being able to handle 76 commercial flights per an hour.


  • International Passengers: Departing passengers on international flights start on the fourth platform in front of passenger terminal. Passengers may also travel by shuttle bus, which drops them in front of the terminal building, or park and walk through the passageway to the third floor of the building that connect to the fourth floor for processing before entering the boarding lounge areas. In the boarding lounges, check-in procedures are conducted between counters 4 and 10 then passengers go through passport and immigration procedures before entering the aircraft terminal D connected to the passenger terminal via a walkway bridge. The 4th floor of the aircraft terminal building is there passengers can shop for souvenirs and goods from a variety of retail stores prior to flight departure time. Passengers then descend to the 3rd floor to access the boarding gate at the aircraft terminal building. On reaching the boarding gate, passengers will be directed to a 2nd floor boarding lounge. Hold Room: Passengers and baggage check points for departing passengers are located on the 3rd, and 4th floor at Airside Center within the aircraft terminal building, through which all passengers must pass.

  • Domestic Passengers: Departures - departing passengers for domestic flights are required to check in on the 4th floor of the passenger terminal building at service counters 2 and 3. They then proceed to the 2nd floor via the escalator to the boarding lounges, each of which had a boarding check point. Arrivals - Aircraft operating domestic flights will dock at the second floor of the aircraft terminal building. Passengers can then proceed to the arrivals lounge to pick up their baggage before moving into the arrivals hall. There are five baggage carousels in the baggage reclaim area. Services for both international and domestic passengers are in the same are.

  • Arriving Passengers: Aircraft dock at the 2nd floor level of the aircraft terminals except in the case of aircraft remotely parked from where passengers have to be bussed. Arriving passengers proceed to the arrivals lounge for immigration formalities and on to the baggage arrivals are. There are 22 baggage carousels in the arrivals area made up of 17 for international flights and 5 for domestic. After picking up their baggage and exiting through Customs, passengers proceed to the arrival lounge for assistance in terms of accommodation and transport. From this point passengers exit the building onto a platform. Group travelers have to go to the first floor to boar their coach. There are similar counters in this area. The meeting point is on the 3rd floor.

  • Transit/Transfer Passengers: On arrival, passengers making transfer to other flights go to the Airside Center on the 2nd floor of the aircraft terminal building to be processed. Staff at service counters can assist passengers with their transfer arrangements before proceeding to the 3rd and 4th floors for Customs procedures prior to departure. Passengers who are in transit must proceed t the departure area via service counters at the Airside Center before going through all the departure procedures.

  • E-Airport: One of the most modern airports in the world, Suvarnabhumi Airport is equipped with advanced technology to help provide accurate and speedy information to enhance the safety and comfort of air travelers. E-Check-in allows for a speedy reservation process. Boarding pass checks and registration can be done via mobile phones with the installation of an OCP chip and on-line computer system. In addition, the airport offers a highly effective baggage check system providing maximum air travel safety. E-Information offers air travel news and information stored on a large, modern database. I-metric technology helps raise travel safety to cope with disruption causes by the threat of terrorism, or to detect and prevent the spread of diseases between countries. E-Navigation offers a news and information service via mobile phone and portable computers including information about facilities within airport, language translation services, maps of areas within the airport building, a map of directions as well as information on domestic travel.

How to get to Suvarnabhumi International Airport: 

  1. From the north: it can be reached via the eight-lane Bangkom-Chonburi elevated expressway (new route) linked to the passenger terminal.

  2. From the northwest: it is accessible via a six-lane road connection with the Rom khlao and King Kaew elevated expressway.

  3. From the south: the airport can be reached via a four-lane road that connects with Bangna-Trat Highway and the Buraphavithi expressway.

  4. From the northeast: it is accessible via a four-lane road that connects with On Nut Road.

  5. From the west: it can be reach via a four-lan road connecting with King Kaew (new route) to the passenger terminal.

Passenger Terminal Complex:

  • Level 1: Bus Lobby

  • Level 2: Arrivals

  • Level 3: Meeting and Greeting Galary

  • Level 4: Departures

Climate in Thailand: The range of temperature is approximately from 72 to 96 Fahrenheit Degree. The following chart demonstrates the mean monthly temperature in Thailand in Censorious. (1F = 32C)

Important Telephone Numbers:

  • Suvarnabhumi Airport Call Center: 0-2132-1888 - Direct line

  • Suvarnabhumi Airport Call Center: 0-2132-1889 - Fax

  • Suvarnabhumi Airport Help desk: 0-2132-3888

  • Suvarnabhumi Flights Information: 0-2132-0000

  • Suvarnabhumi Departure Counter: 0-2132-9324

  • Suvarnabhumi Arrival Counter: 0-2132-9328

  • Emergency/Security Services: 0-2132-1911

 Airport Tax: Departure Tax for international flight is 500 Baht.  Departure tax for domestic flight is 40 Baht

Chiang Mai International Airport, Thailand (CNX)

General Information:
The airport is 4 Miles (7 km) South of Chiangmai. Approximate travel time is 15 minutes.

Transportation: Taxi at the airport to downtown costs about 80 Baht.  There are also mini bus that costs about 40 Baht.

Airport Tax: Departure Tax for international flight is 500 Baht.  Departure tax for domestic flight is 40 Baht

Phuket Airport, Thailand 

General Information: The airport is about 10 Miles (16km) North of Phuket downtown.  Approximate travel time is 25-35 minutes.

Transportation: Taxis to town are available and costs about 400-500 Baht. 

Airport Tax: Departure Tax for international flight is 500 Baht.  Departure tax for domestic flight is 40 Baht

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