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23 June 2006 :: 00:06:57 am 26393

Airlines to test flights at Suvarnabhumi airport

Six Thai airlines will conduct test flights in July at Bangkok‘s new international airport which is expected to open in late September.
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The six airlines include Thailand‘s flag carrier Thai Airways

International, Thailand‘s biggest private airline Bangkok Airways and budget carrier Thai AirAsia, said Somchai Sawasdeepon, the director of the new airport.

“Local airlines will have test flights on July 29 to pave way for the opening of the airport‘s commercial operation,” Somchai told AFP. “They are real flights, meaning that passengers have to pay for tickets,” he said.

Bangkok‘s Suvarnabhumi Airport, whose name means “golden land” in Thai, has been in the works for more than 40 years but construction delays and claims of graft have repeatedly postponed its opening. The latest schedule for commercial opening is September 28.

Thailand hopes the new airport, with an initial capacity of 45 million passengers annually, will surpass rivals Singapore and Malaysia as the region‘s most important hub.

It also aims to expand the airport capacity to 120 million passengers annually.

The new airport will relieve traffic congestion at Bangkok‘s current Don Muang international airport which currently accommodates 38.5 million passengers annually although it was designed to handle only 36 million.

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Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Tourism News

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