Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) Airport

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi BKK Airport Overview

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport BKK – or simply BSIA - is Thailand's premier airport and serves the City of Bangkok and its surrounding areas.  It opened in 2006 with a new name - partially replacing Bangkok Don Muang Airport (now offering limited domestic & low-cost carrier flights). The name of Suvarnabhumi translates into the 'Golden Land'. BSIA has consistently received high ranks among large world airports, and calls itself the ‘Airport of Smiles’.  BSIA is operated by the  Airports of Thailand Public Corp.

BSIA Airport is located in Rachathewa, in the Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan province, 30 km east of Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand. It is directly accessible via the Bangkok Chon Buri Motorway (Hwy 7) or from either the Lat Krabang Rd. or the Bangna-Trat Rd., and has five access and entrance routes. The new 28.6 km mostly elevated Airport Rail Link parallel to Motorway 7 and the Si Rat Expressway gets you quickly to the Airport.
With two very long runways and over 50M travelers, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is  hub for Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, Orient Thai Airlines and Thai AirAsia, and is served by a myriad of national and international, regular & low-cost airlines and charters, offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.

On-Airport accommodations: 
  - the 600-room Novotel hotel at  Bangkok Airport is located above the underground rail link station, in front of the passenger terminal. 
  - Fully-equipped ‘Day Rooms’ are located on Level 3 near gates A1-A6; and on level 4 near gates G1-G5.

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport has presently only one passenger terminal, with seven concourses.
NOTE:  Thai customs enforce duty-free limits of B10,000 on overseas purchases

Current & Future Airport Developments: 
As of January 2016, Phase 2 of the Airport Improvement Plan up to year 2019 includes seven separate projects - the first three of which are expected to proceed in June 2016, and include:
 - installation of public utility systems (electricity, & water supply systems, and chill water system for air conditioners).
 - construction of an 960,000 sq. meter apron, able to accommodate 28 jetliners including eight A-380 jumbo air carriers;
 - construction of taxiways leading to the new apron, and underground structures.
Bidding for the four remaining Phase 2 projects is to proceed during 2016.  While the other four projects are still to be worked out, they should include:
- a midfield satellite concourse with a south-end tunnel connector;
- east-end terminal extension, parking garage, and
- systems for transport connector, baggage handling and explosive detection.
The entire second phase expansion should be completed by 2019 - with a new capacity for 60M passengers a year (from previous 45M).
(A second terminal & extension of third runway have been rescheduled to start 2018, to be tentatively completed by 2020.)

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