Written by Administrator Tuesday, 22 March 2011 16:02
"Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand?s premier international air transportation gateway and regional center for aviation, will provide a vital link to all types of airline-related activities, actively supporting the country?s travel and tourism development as befits"
The airport?s travel and tourism development as befits the airport?s auspicious name ?the golden land? graciously bestowed by His Majesty the King. This new airport marks a new beginning for Thailand?s commercial aviation industry in the new millennium.
Linked to the city?s growth and development
Way back in 1960,the Thai government commissioned a survey and town planning exercise to prepare a ?Greater Bangkok Plan?. Among its recommendations was a proposal for a new commercial airport at a separate location from any air force establishment that would enhance the growth and development of the city.
From this recommendation, the government assigned the Ministry of Transport to conduct a survey to determine the most suitable site for a new airport, taking into consideration all relevant planning proposals for greater Bangkok?s future expansion.
Following the study, the Ministry recommended that the land and environment around Nong Ngu Hao in Bang Hpli district, Samut Prakarn province was the most suitable location for the proposed new airport.
Following cabinet approval, the Civil Aviation Department of the Ministry of Transport began to acquire land in this area and by 1973, had acquired a total 8,000 acres of land. Between this time and 1991, successive governments then carefully reviewed the proposal to construct the new airport in this location.
Finally, on May 7,1991, the cabinet gave the ?green light? for this area to be the site of Bangkok?s new international airport with the Airports Authority of Thailand (AAT) appointed the responsible agency.
On September 29, His Majesty the King graciously bestowed the name ?Suvarnabhumi Airport? for Bangkok?s Second International Airport.
On January 19,2002, His Majesty the King performed the ?Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony? at the king performed the Suvarnabhumi Passenger Terminal building.
Established in 1996 under the Ministry of Transport, with the Airports of Thailand Pcl. (AOT) as its only shareholder, the New Bangkok International Airport Co.,Ltd. (NBIA) is completely responsible for the construction of Suvarnabhumi Airport. Upon Completion, NBIA will merge with AOT and Suvarnabhumi Airport will be operated by AOT.
The building of Suvarnabhumi Airport comes at a time when the modern technologies of both the construction industry, its materials and construction techniques, together with the infrastructure, equipment and myriad systems to be installed, are all of the most technologically advanced in the world.
Suvarnabhumi Airport will feature the most up-to-date versions of all airport infrastructure, installations, equipment, systems, facilities, amenities and services that have been well-tried and proven in the recent construction of other modern airport complexes around the world.
Passenger Terminal Complex Project Director Mr.Tawatchni Suthiprapha said that although the construction of Suvarnabhumi Airport incorporates the most sophisticated designs, modern materials and advanced technologies to ensure airport functions satisfactorily- the most important to be achieved in all aspects of its construction ? is security.
Passengers and airport staff need to be assured that all aspects of security have been considered and attended to in a manner that will provide continuous surveillance and support in all areas of the airport?s operation to ensure a safe and secure environment for all, he said.
A pleasant environment plays an important role in daily life and conservation practices are fully adhered to during the construction of the airport. Interior designs and outdoor landscaping will feature an abundant prominence of trees, plants and flowers to enhance the appearance of a truly ?green? airport
e-Airport ? Advanced, Efficient and Secure
Suvarnabhumi Airport offers an online information system for passenger convenience with advanced e-check-in facilities to simplify check-in procedures and enhance passenger security. Biometric technology will improve passenger safety and security aspects, particularly during emergencies, such as communicable disease outbreaks or terrorist threats, with positive verification of individual identification and personal data.