Bangkok Don Mueang Airport Gets Much Needed Capacity

Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport Evolution
It had been promised for Spring 2015 and then August of this year. Finally, the fully renovated Terminal T2 at Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport reopened partially yesterday to cope with the influx of passengers for the high season.
Bangkok historical airport is today the second air facility to the Thai capital, welcoming most low cost carriers. The terminal renovation swallowed a total budget of THB3 billion, – the equivalent of US$900 million. The terminal had been closed for nine years following the opening of Bangkok new airport in Suvarnabhumi.

The relaunch of T2 was delayed by a year and is due to open to its full capacity by next February.Airports of Thailand (AOT)- the airport’s operator-already highlighted possible glitches in the daily running of the facilities.However, it should already bring some relief to congestion at Terminal 1. During the holiday season, traffic at the airport is due to jump by 30% as some 110,000 passengers are expected daily.

“There will be some kind of teething troubles at T2,” airport general manager Phet Chan-charoen told the Bangkok Post yesterday. “But we’re doing our best to get the operation running as smoothly as we can.”

Terminal 1, reopened three years ago after renovation is conceived to handle 18 million passengers a year. With Terminal 2 fully operational, Don Mueang has again a capacity to handle 30 million passengers, a number which is likely to be overhauled next year. AOT already expects 28 million passengers this year, turning Don Mueang into ASEAN busiest LCC airport in front of Kuala Lumpur.

The airport’s authority is already working on adding a third terminal. But it might probably take another couple of years. The third terminal would be an addition to both Terminals on landside as it would be constructed over the future Bang Sue-Rangsit rail link, which will finally provide a fast convenient public transport connection to Bangkok city centre. The Terminal would however add capacity for another 10 to 12 million passengers.

From now, all deomstic flights will be accommodated at Terminal 2 while Terminal 1 will be exclusively dedicated to international flights. International passengers traffic represent 30% of Bangkok Don Mueang total passengers output.