11th Jul 2022
The eastern area of the main terminal at Suvarnabhumi Airport will be upgraded to increase Thailand's yearly arrival capacity to 15 million passengers. The renovations will be finished in three years. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, 65 million international and domestic travellers passed through Suvarnabhumi's arrival gates.
After the seven-month-long refurbishment, the eastern half of the terminal will be spacious enough to accommodate up to 15 million people each year. The 'Eastern Expansion project', which will cost 7.8 billion baht and occupy 66,000 square metres, is vital to the main terminal's capacity to receive and process passengers.
The enlargement of the airport is expected to enhance its total domestic and international passenger capacity from 65 million to 80 million annually upon completion of construction in 2025.
Before the government gives its approval in early 2023, a final version of the plan will be sent to the Airports of Thailand board.
Finding extension contractors is the next phase, which might begin between April and July of next year. Actual building is anticipated to commence in August of 2023.
Anutin Charnvirnvirnkul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health, presided over the earlier this week meeting to boost the airport's capacity. Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob was present among members from many organisations.
Last month, Airports of Thailand revealed that the new passenger terminal at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport will be operational by April 2023.
The number of aircraft and passengers at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport has climbed by an average of 10 percent every month since the removal of the Thailand Pass, which had previously complicated admission into Thailand.