AoT awaits approval for B200bn expansion

AoT awaits approval for B200bn expansion

The planned construction of Terminal 2 at Suvarnabhumi airport still needs the nod from the new government. (Bangkok Post photo)
The planned construction of Terminal 2 at Suvarnabhumi airport still needs the nod from the new government. (Bangkok Post photo)

Airports of Thailand Plc will seek approval from the new government for planned developments costed at 200 billion baht, AoT president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn said on Monday.

New airports are proposed for Phuket and Chiang Mai, a new terminal at Suvarnabhumi airport and the expansion of Don Mueang airport. Another key project is taking over the airports in Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon, Tak and Chumphon provinces from the Airports Department.

The AoT president said the developments would need a total investment of 200 billion baht, and would increase airport capacity and bolster Thailand's position as an aviation hub.

He expected the new airports in Phuket and Chiang Mai to be operational in 2025, if approved. Construction would take about four years.

AoT put on hold the plan to build a second terminal at Suvarnabhumi after harsh criticism from professional organisations, including the Council of Engineers and the Architects Council of Thailand, of the planned  location and functions.

The airport agency has confirmed the importance of building the new terminal in discussions with the National Economic and Social Development Council and the Transport Ministry.


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