Suvarnabhumi Airport, a new international airport located 24 kilometres east of Bangkok, was due to be open on September 28, 2006. It replaces the old overloaded airport at Don Muang and accommodates all international and domestic flights to Bangkok.
The authorized opening of Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok’s new international airport, on 28 September 2006, new push to the country’s quest to make Bangkok and Thailand the air travel hub of the region.
Named ‘Suvarnabhumi’ (meaning ‘Golden Land’) by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (Rama IX), the enhancement of Suvarnabhumi Airport as the air travel hub of the region is of strategic significance to Thailand’s future and is a primacy on the ‘national agenda’.
During the initial phase of operation, the north segment of the will accommodate 45 per year, 76 flights per hour and 3 million tons of cargo handling per year. After the , this will rise to 100 traveler a year.
At 563,000 square metres, the is presently the in the world. The airport also the world’s longest , 75. 3 metres by 4,000 metres long and the world’s tallest tower, 132. 2 metres high, the best visual of whole airside. When in full operation, the will help Thailand’s economic, social, communication, and tourism , and the government of building Thailand an air travel hub in Southeast Asia.
Suvarnabhumi Airport is at Km. 15 (15th kilometre ) on the east- Bangna-Trat Highway in Bang Phli area, Samut Prakan , east of Bangkok. The airport is 25 kms from the Bangkok metropolis. As of 28 September 2006, Suvarnabhumi Airport replaces Don Muang as Bangkok’s airport for all commercial .
Suvarnabhumi Airport is operated by The Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT). In to the new Bangkok international , AOT operates four other international airports in Thailand – Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Phuket and Chiang Rai.