22nd Nov 2019
The Airports of Thailand’s (AoT) board of directors has given the green light for the construction of a second terminal for Suvarnabhumi Airport.
According to a report by The Thaiger on November 22, the AoT will submit “soon” its proposal for the second terminal to the Ministry of Transport.
Construction of the new terminal is pegged at 42 billion baht, while completion is expected over the next five years.
The AoT said the new terminal will be constructed to accommodate the number of passengers in the first terminal which is now serving more than its designed capacity.
Once opened, Suvarnabhumi Airport is expected to accommodate 82 million passengers yearly, or more than double its current capacity of 42 million.
Apart from Suvarnabhumi, the AoT board also approved the fifth masterplan for the airport which focuses on its connectivity to three international airports within the Eastern Economic Corridor. It also took into account the connectivity to the planned high-speed rail link which is now approved.
Lastly, the AoT approved in the same meeting a 50-percent cut in landing fees for charter flights at Don Muang International Airport, Chiang Mai International Airport, Hat Yai International Airport, Chiang Rai International Airport, as well as Suvarnabhumi. The discount will be effective for five months.
The AoT said the discount strategy is expected to boost tourism until the Songkran festival next year.