AOT plans for Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport expansion
Airports of Thailand plans to propose a USD316 million (THB9.5 billion) expansion plan for Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to the administration of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra before the end of 2011 with the goal of alleviating congestion over the next three years (The Nation, 01-Sep-2011). AOT also hopes to transform the airport into one of the world's ten leading airports as credited by Airports Council International within the same three-year period. Under this plan, the company will construct a domestic terminal near the main terminal's concourses A and B. The new facility will extend the main terminal's annual capacity to 65 million passengers, from 45 million currently p/a. The plan also earmarks USD3.3 million (THB100 million) for renovation of 4,500 sq m on the fifth-floor departure hall to accommodate security checkpoints as well as improve passport-control zones. The remaining USD3.3 million (THB100 million) will be allocated for constructing new rental spaces for airline offices in the main terminal. Construction and renovation will begin immediately after receiving approval from the government and are expected to be completed in three years.