The board of the Airports of Thailand (AOT) has approved plans for the construction of a second passenger terminal at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The Duangrit Group has been named as winners of the bid to handle its construction.
AOT managing director Nitinai Sirimatthakarn has confirmed that the company will now hold meetings with the project’s stakeholders, along with business operators at the airport to clarify the finer details of the build. One question yet to be answered is whether the new terminal will be an independent facility, or one that is connected to the existing concourses.
The project had previously been at risk of cancellation, following the news in October that 12 engineering and architecture organisations had joined forces to urge PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to scrap it due to the increasing cost implications. The third runway does represent a substantial investment – estimated to be around 63 million baht in total.
Suvarnabhumi airport is also set to be linked with the two other airports – namely Don Meuang and U-tapao – providing a combined capacity to handle 100-120 million passengers annually. The new terminal is expected to ease congestion and help to successfully process the many tourists who choose Thailand as their holiday destination in the years to come.