Suvarnabhumi Airport hopes to see great improvement in immigration checks, baggage claims and internet service soon to cope with the increasing passenger load next year.
The international airport will have 180 less flights or 10 million less passengers each year after budget airline Thai AirAsia relocates to Don Mueang airport on Monday.
Mr Somchai said 250 more immigration officials will be on duty at Suvarnabhumi airport to accelerate visa inspections, and reduce the process from 50 minutes per passenger to 20 minutes while baggage claims must be finished within 30 minutes after a flight lands, with the first baggage delivered to a carousel in 20 minutes.
Suvarnabhumi airport served 48.32 million passengers between Oct 2011 and August this year, a 9.65 per cent increase year-on-year.
It is estimated that the total number will be 52.6 million passengers, or 301,477 flight, at the end of this fiscal year on Sunday Sept 30. It predicted an 8-9 per cent growth next year with a major increase in passengers from China, Malaysia and India.
Let's start with a passenger drop-off area at the departure hall of Terminal 1. The area is congested with traffic although I was there at 6am. The cause of the bad traffic was that the AoT allocated a left lane of an elevated road for VIP parking.
The number of buses is too low and the bus will leave the station every hour. Who will benefit from this service? What if you happen to be on a late flight? You have to catch a taxi.
The AoT will also limit the passenger seats by offering the service to those who already have tickets to show that they really need to go to either Don Muang or Suvarnabhumi. Because the shuttle bus is free and the AoT is afraid that someone will take advantage of its kindness.
The public bus does not have a luggage area and it stops at every bus stop requested by the passengers. The travel time between the airport and downtown areas is at least two hours.
Do not even think about taking the Airport Rail Link service because the convenient transportation has not yet been extended to Don Muang airport although we all know that the express rail link is the best option. The project was raised five years ago and is still a plan. The minister has the ambitious hope that this link will be complete in 2016.
If there is a passenger survey on the top 10 worst cities for connecting flights, I think Bangkok will surely join the list with Manila and Delhi. You know what I mean.
October 1 is a remarkable day for Thai AirAsia, the giant low-cost airline. It will move its operation base from Suvarnabhumi airport to Don Muang airport. The relocation will bring about 10,000 more ...
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Competition among budget carriers will likely heat up once the market leader AirAsia starts using Don Mueang airport, which will replace Suvarnabhumi airport as the airline's new main hub in Thailand from next Monday.
life will become harder for Nok Air, as TAA seems to have a competitive edge in terms of operation size, number of aircraft, a more extensive network and marketing. The current lack of international flights on offer is seen by industry executives as a drawback for Nok Air in its contest with TAA. Nok Air will continue to innovate, improving services and offering value to passengers, many of whom are loyal to the Nok brand.
Meanwhile, Nok Air has an ambitious plan to relaunch international service next year, increasing its fleet over the next five years to 40 aircraft and raising its passenger volume to more than 14 million from the 6 million expected this year.
Kuala Lumpur risks losing its status as Asia's busiest low-cost airline hub because high passenger fees could scare carriers away, Fernandes warned regional airports such as Don Mueang in Thailand and Clark in the Philippines would soon been charging less than the RM32 passenger fee at the Kuala Lumpur budget terminal used by AirAsia.
Clark is expected to soon cut its fees levied on each ticket sold to around US$9 (about RM28), while Don Mueang, Bangkok's second airport which AirAsia is shifting to from Monday, is also expected to undercut Kuala Lumpur.
KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur risks losing its status as Asia’s busiest low-cost airline hub because high passenger fees could scare carriers away, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, head of Malaysia’s AirAsia said...