AOT Opens Bidding for Suvarnabhumi’s Third Runway

6th Feb 2020

Suvarnabhumi Outside

The Airports of Thailand (AOT) is set to open next month bidding for the third runway of Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.

A report by the Bangkok Post on Tuesday said that AOT would start accepting potential bids for the 21.79-billion-baht expansion program on March 6. The total figure will consist of the new runway worth 6.6-billion-baht, with a width of 60 meters and a length of 4,000 meters.

The balance, meanwhile, will be used for the extension of taxiway D and perimeter taxiways.

AOT said potential bidders have until March 5 to purchase bidding documents with submissions until March 6. The submissions will be opened on March 9, while results are targeted to be announced also next month.

AOT said that construction will take about three years upon groundbreaking and would expand Suvarnabhumi Airport’s handling capacity to 94 flights per hour from only 68 at present.

The operator is expected to hand over this month the project’s environmental and health impact assessment to concerned agencies.

The third runway forms part of the Suvarnabhumi Airport’s phase 2 development project, which is also part of the government of Thailand’s 2015-2022 Transport Infrastructure Development Plan that was approved by the Cabinet in March 2015.

Apart from Suvarnabhumi, the AOT also opened the bidding for the operations and management of duty-free shops at the Don Muang International Airport, the flight hub catered mainly to low-cost carriers.

Submissions for the concessions are set on March 13, from 9 am to 11 am, while presentations are scheduled on March 16. The winning bidder will be named on March 17.

According to the AOT, the new operator will have a concession of 10 years beginning October 1, 2022, until December 2032.