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AOT to assign 4.4 Billion baht to boost Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang Airports

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Airports of Thailand (AOT) has unveiled an ambitious investment plan amounting to 4.4 billion baht for improvements at Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Mueang International Airport.

The announcement was made by AOT Deputy Director Keerati Kitmanawat, outlining the goal of elevating service and security standards at Suvarnabhumi Airport to accommodate the anticipated resurgence of passenger traffic, projected to return to pre-pandemic levels of 65 million in 2019.

The primary objective involves enhancing the flight capacity at Suvarnabhumi’s satellite terminal 1 (SAT-1) from the current 50 flights per day to 120 within the next 60 days. The long-term target is to expand the capacity to 400 flights per day by the year’s end. This expansion aims not only to provide greater convenience for passengers but also to attract more commercial vendors to establish operations within the airport.

Furthermore, AOT has detailed plans for the East Expansion project at Suvarnabhumi Airport, with bidding scheduled to commence in May. This initiative will involve expanding the eastern passenger building to accommodate an additional 15 million passengers annually, with a budget of 8 billion baht allocated for the project.

The development of Don Mueang International Airport is also part of AOT’s agenda, with an investment of 36 billion baht earmarked for the third phase of the airport’s development. This phase encompasses the construction of a new international passenger terminal and a renovation of passenger building 1, aimed at increasing the airport’s passenger handling capacity from 30 million to 50 million annually.

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