Transport Ministry has agreed to move some domestic flights (those
with no international connections) from Suvarnabhumi airport back
to Don Muang to reduce congestion at the new airport, which requires
space for repairs. This decision will go for cabinet approval on
6th February with relocation of flights, on a voluntary basis, 45-60
days after the meeting.
and runways, damaged airbridges and problems in the passenger terminal
had caused congestion at Suvarnabhumi airport, creating a farcical
situation less than 6 months after opening. It is estimated that
a partial return to Don Muang would ease congestion by about 30%
and allow repairs to take place in order to deal with concerns over
safety on taxiways, runways and in the passenger terminal.
Chiang Mai, Krabi and Phuket would be available at both airports
and THAI would provide a passenger shuttle service between the two
airports. Thai AirAsia will not be moving back to Don Muang as its
domestic and international flights have to share aircraft.
it is said that the switch back to Don Muang will take in the region
of 50 days because the western runway at that airport is also unsafe
and must be repaired. Accusations have been levelled at the previous
government for rushing the work at Suvarnabhumi and it has been
suggested that a high level of corruption was in operation in the
process of awarding contracts which has resulted in unsatisfactory
completion of the airport.
If taking domestic
flights within Thailand over the next few months it would be a good
idea to find out which airport the flight will be using.