Bangkok has a new international airport, Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Airport.
Suvarnabhumi (pronounced "Su-Wana-Poom") means "The Golden Land".
Developing Thailand as the aviation and air transport hub of Southeast Asia is among the priorities set by the Royal Thai Government.
One of the ways this can be achieved is to develop Suvarnabhumi Airport to achieve the highest international standards, to ensure its support for the rapidly increasing air traffic demand corresponding to the need of aviation business worldwide. His Majesty the King has graciously conferred the name of "Suvarnabhumi Airport" which means the "Golden Land" and is located in Bang Phli District, Samut Prakan province, covering an area of approximately 3,200 hectares.
THAI shifts its domestic flights back to Suvarnabhumi Airport
Suvarnabhumi Airport will inherit its IATA airport code BKK from Bangkok Don Muang International Airport. In the interim period while both airports are operating (from September 15th to September 28th) Suvarnabhumi will use the code NBK.
The airport is located in Racha Thewa in the Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan province, 30 kilometers east of Bangkok.
The airport was designed by Murphy/Jahn Architects
The airport has 2 parallel runways (60 m. wide, 4,000 m. and 3700 m. long) and 2 parallel taxiways to accommodate simultaneous departures and arrivals. It has a total of 120 parking bays (51 with contact gates and 69 remote gates) and 5 of these are capable of accommodating the Airbus A380 aircraft. With a capacity of handling 76 flight operations per hour, both international and domestic flights will share the airport terminal but will be assigned to different parts of the concourse. In the initial phase of construction, it will be capable of handling 45 million passengers and 3 million tonnes of cargo per year. Between the airport hotel and the terminal building are the two 5-storey car park buildings with a combined capacity of 5,000 cars.
Above the underground rail link station and in front of the passenger terminal building is the 600-room hotel operated by Accor Group under the Novotel brand.
Long-term plans for four runways flanking two main terminals and two satellite buildings with a combined capacity capable of handling up to 100 million passengers and 6.4 million tonnes of cargo a year are on the drawing board. The second phase of airport expansion involving the construction of a satellite building south of the main terminal is expected to begin 3 to 5 years after the completion of the first main terminal.
Lay out of Suvarnabhumi Airport
Transportation around Airport
Suvarnabhumi Airport is located on a 3,100 ha site in the Samut Prakarn province of Thailand at Nong Ngu Hao (Nongnughao translated as Cobra Swamp), 30km east of Bangkok. Road access to the new airport will be provided by a series of new highways connected to Bangkok's existing outer ring road. The main access road is an elevated 2 x 5 lane road that leads from the passenger terminal through the northern part of the site to the new Bangkok–Chonburi highway.
The construction of the City Airport Terminal in Makkasan and a 28.6 km high-speed rail link to the new airport started in July 2005 and are planned for completion in November 2007. The airport express, informally known as the Pink Line and operated jointly with SRT's planned Red Line commuter service, will connect with the BTS Sukhumvit Line and MRT Blue Line at Phaya Thai and Phetchaburi stations respectively, offering airport-bound passengers a fast 15-minute limited stop journey from the city.
Bangkok Airport Shuttle Bus Service
Free shuttle bus service is provided for passengers and airport staff. Expess route connects the main terminal directly to the transport center. Ordinary route connects to other airport facilities. For passenger convenience shuttle buses serving Suvarnabhumi airport are low-floor type.
Shuttle Bus Express Route:
Bangkok Airport Public Taxi Service
1. Passenger terminal
2. Car rental center
3. Public transportation center and bus terminal
Shuttle Bus Ordinary Route:
1. Bus terminal
2. Car rental center
3. Long term parking
4. WFS's GSE, BAFS
5. TG's GSE services
6. TG operation center
7. TG Technical Department
8. Suvarnabumi Airport Concourse A (Landside Curb)
9. Suvarnabumi Airport Concourse D (East Landside Curb)
10. Suvarnabumi Airport Concourse D (West Landside Curb)
11. Suvarnabumi Airport Concourse G (Landside Curb)
12. Free Zone Pedestrian Enterance (East)
13. D-CAP, TG Catering
14. Fire and Rescue Department
Public taxis can be found on Level 2 (Arrivals). Alternatively take a shuttle bus (Express route) to the Transport Center taxi stand.
- Public taxis serving Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport must be less than 5 years old.
- Public taxi drives must be certified by Airports of Thailand.
- Passenger drop off at Departures (level 4 - outer curb).
- Passenger pick up at the taxi stand at Transport center.
To get a limousine contact the "Limousine Service Counter" at the Arrivals level (2nd floor). Limousine pick up area is at the Arrivals Level (outer curb).
- 6 types of limousines with total of 380 cars available around the clock.
- A call center for inbound reservations.
- Airports of Thailand is in change of limousine operations.
To get a rental car contact "Car Rental" service counter at the Arrivals level (2nd floor) and take a Shuttle Bus (Express Route) to the Transport Center to pick your rental car.
Airport Express to Bangkok Hotels
- Car rental services at the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport are provided by international and local operators.
- Rental car drop-off is located at the Rental Center at the Transportation Center.
Public Bus Service
- Airport Express provides air-conditioned bus service between Suvarnabhumi Airport and first-class Bangkok hotels.
- Pick up area at the Arrivals level - 2nd floor (inner curb).
- Drop off area at the Departures level - 4th floor (inner curb).
Public bus service is provided from the Bus Terminal at the Transport Center. Take a shuttle bus (Express route) to the Transport Center
Public Bus Service to Bangkok and area.
Public Bus Service to other provinces.
» Bus Number 549 - Suvarnabhumi Airport - Minburi
Bus No.549 connects Suvarnabhumi Airport to Minburi via Ladkrabang Road, taking a right turn to Rom Klao Road, cutting left to Sihaburanukit Road, taking left turn to Seri Thai Road. End the route at Bangkapi.
» Bus Number 550 - Suvarnabhumi Airport - Happy Land
Bus No.550 connects Suvarnabhumi Airport to Happy Land via Ladkrabang Road, On-Nut Road, turning right to Sri Nakarin Road, turning left to Ladprao Road and turning right to Happy Land.
» Bus Number 551 - Suvarnabhumi Airport - Victory Monument (Expressway)
Bus No.551 connects Suvarnabhumi Airport to the Victory Monument via New Bangkok - Chonburi expressway to Srirat expressway for exit at Rama 9 toll gate to continue further along Asoke-Dindang Road and Rachawithi Road for the final stop at the Victory Monument.
» Bus Number 552 - Suvarnabhumi Airport - On Nut BTS station
Bus No.552 connects Suvarnabhumi Airport to the On-Nut sky train station via Bangna-Bangpakong Road, taking a right turn to Sukhumvit Road until the On-Nut sky train station.
» Bus Number 553 - Suvarnabhumi Airport - Samut Prakan
Bus No.553 connects Suvarnabhumi Airport to Samut Prakan province via Ladkrabang Road, taking a left turn to Kingkaew Road, turning right to Bangna-Bangpakong Road, turning left to Sri Nakarin Road, turning right to Sukhumvit Road, turning left to Sai Luad Road until Samut Prakan.
» Bus Number 554 - Suvarnabhumi Airport - Don Muang Airport (Expressway)
Bus No.554 connects Suvarnabhumi Airport to Don Muang Airport via New Bangkok-Chonburi expressway, turning right to the eastern ring road, taking a left turn to Ramintra Road, Changwattana Road, turning right to Vibhavadi Rangsit Road until reaching Don Muang Airport.
» Bus Number 389 - Suvarnabhumi Airport - Pattaya
» Bus Number 390 - Suvarnabhumi Airport - Talad Rong Kluea
» Bus Number 825 - Suvarnabhumi Airport - NongKhai