Suvarnabhumi expects passenger upswing

Suvarnabhumi expects passenger upswing

Satellite terminal to be ready by next year

Suvarnabhumi reports a growing volume of passengers between October last year and May of this year, with a total of 44 million passengers using the country's main airport during the period. (Bangkok Post file photo)
Suvarnabhumi reports a growing volume of passengers between October last year and May of this year, with a total of 44 million passengers using the country's main airport during the period. (Bangkok Post file photo)

Suvarnabhumi airport expects to welcome between 66-68 million passengers this year despite passenger weak traffic in May, according to airport director Sutheerawat Suwannawat.

He said that despite a 1% drop in traffic in May, the airport has reported a growing volume of passengers between October last year and May of this year, with a total of 44 million passengers using the country's main airport during that period.

Mr Sutheerawat attributed the decrease in traffic in May to the trade war between China and the United States which negatively impact air travel. 

However, the figure went back up last month, with a 1% increase in traffic, or 170,000 more passengers than in the same period last year, the director said. 

More arrivals are expected during the winter travel season, which would raise Suvarnabhumi's number of passengers to between 66 million and 68 million this year, which would be a 2-3% increase from last year. 

Mr Sutheerawat said passenger facilitation services have also been upgraded with the introduction of new mobile communication technology. Last year, the airport launched a digital platform project which was highlighted by the launch of a mobile application that ensures prompt delivery of essential information about the airport and its services.

Meanwhile, the director said the project to build a satellite terminal to accommodate more planes is progressing. 

The additional terminal, which will increase Suvarnabhumi's handling capacity by 15 million passengers a year, along with the baggage handling system and Automated People Mover (APM) trains are expected to be completed by next year at the latest.


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