25th Oct 2019
One of the runways at Suvarnabhumi Airport will be closed starting next month to give way for the second round of repairs and improvement.
Airports of Thailand (AOT) general manager Suthirawat Suwanawat said on Friday that the airport operator will close the eastern runway and rapid exit taxiway for five months from 1:30 am to 8:30 am.
“The project will start on November 8 and is expected to be completed in five months, reopening on April 6 next year,” he said.
The total length to be repaired is 1,100 meters, while the surface of 6 taxiways will be replaced with asphalt to increase the strength to handle increased usage in the future.
Suthirawat said that the repair was scheduled at night time to avoid causing problems for passengers.
“The west runway will still open during those hours, and both runways will be functional from 8:30 am every day,” he said.
In light of the Christmas season and Chinese New Year - the airport’s busiest times, repair for the runway will be suspended from December 25, 2019 to January 6, 2020 as well as from January 18 to 31, 2020.
“AOT will … provide additional staff to facilitate passenger check-ins at every gate,” Suthirawat said.
The work is being carried out in three phases. The first phase covered 900 meters of eastern runway and was completed in April, while the third phase will begin around October 2021 and cover the remaining distance on both runways.