In an ambitious leap towards establishing Thailand as the hub of aviation elegance, Suvarnabhumi Airport announced the grand opening of its groundbreaking SAT-1 terminal on 28 September 2023. This latest development amplifies the airport’s capacity from a substantial 45 million to a staggering 60 million passengers annually.
Part of the grand vision of Suvarnabhumi Airport’s phase-two blueprint, the SAT-1 terminal embodies more than just increased passenger capacity; it is a testament to Thailand’s commitment to merging architectural beauty with cutting-edge functionality. This expansion initiative is primed to cement the airport’s reputation on the global aviation map, addressing the surging passenger and air traffic.
Before the official launch, Suvarnabhumi Airport General Manager, Mr. Kittipong Kittikachorn, orchestrated an exclusive media tour on 25 September 2023. Two hundred media personnel from prominent television stations, newspapers, and digital platforms embarked on a captivating journey, exploring both inbound and outbound international routes via the Automated People Mover (APM) that connects the main terminal to SAT-1.
Reflecting on the new terminal, Mr. Kittipong said, “Through collective efforts with airlines, ground service units, and other associated agencies, the SAT-1 terminal has triumphantly completed exhaustive trial operations.”
Indeed, the SAT-1 terminal is an architectural symphony. The interior is a harmonious blend of modern designs and Thai cultural ethos. At the heart of the departure hall stands two metallic Himmapan elephants—symbolic masterpieces of Thai artistry. The third floor is embellished with a garden theme, capturing the mystical creatures from Thai mythology alongside the illustrious Buddha images in exquisite thrones.
Dedicated to arriving passengers, the second floor captivates with a botanical ambience intertwined with Thai arts. Notable installations include miniature puppet theatres, grand shadow plays, and traditional Khon masks. Yet, a surprising design twist awaits visitors—the restrooms. SAT-1’s restrooms pay homage to Thailand’s four distinct regions, fusing cultural aesthetics with water-saving technology.
Engineering marvels continue outside the building with 28 aircraft parking stands equipped for accommodating the titans of the skies—A380s, B747-8s, and more. 64-passenger loading bridges further showcase Suvarnabhumi’s commitment to seamless travel.
Initially, aviation giants Thai AirAsia X and Thai Vietjet are scheduled to grace the SAT-1 terminal. The inaugural flight, Thai AirAsia X Flight XJ 0761, made its maiden voyage from Shanghai, touching down at 10:15 Hrs on 28 September.
As the world watches, Suvarnabhumi Airport’s SAT-1 terminal is set to redefine global air travel experiences.
Written by: Supaporn Pholrach (Joom)