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Thailand To Go Ahead With USD$1.9 Bln Airport Expansion

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Thailand’s military government is go ahead with a THB62 billion baht (USD$1.9 billion) expansion plan at Bangkok’s main Suvarnabhumi airport.

Thailand will also build a third runway worth THB19 billion baht at the airport and plans to build another three provincial airports, transport minister Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong told reporters.

“The second-phase expansion of Suvarnabhumi airport will have to be done quickly to meet increasing numbers of tourists,” he said.

A committee will be set up to look into project details before presenting them to cabinet for approval, he added.

On September 29, Airports of Thailand, the country’s largest airport operator, said it planned to spend THB54 billion baht on expanding capacity at Suvarnabhumi, down from an earlier announced budget of THB62 billion baht. The plan is subject to approval from the transport ministry.

The airport operator said previously the expansion over the next five years would increase capacity at the airport to 80 million a year by 2017.

Suvarnabhumi airport, which opened in 2006 on what was once flooded marshland known as “cobra swamp”, has the capacity to serve about 45 million passengers a year, but actually handled around 50 million last year.

Source: Airwise News – (Reuters)