The Airports of Thailand Plc (AOT) board has approved a proposed project for the construction of a second passenger building of the Suvarnabhumi international airport with a budget of 42,048 million baht.
Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, president of the AOT, said on Thursday (June 21) that the project was approved at a recent meeting of the AOT board.
With the board’s approval, the AOT will forward the proposal to the Transport Ministry, the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board and the cabinet for consideration.
Mr Nitinai said the AOT is currently implementing the 2nd stage of the Suvarnabhumi airport’s development project to increase its capacity to accommodate passengers from 45 million to 60 million passengers per year.
The AOT has estimated that the numbers of passengers using the Suvarnabhumi airport will rise to 65 million in 2018 and 68 million in 2019. This means the airport will remain crowded after the completion of the 2nd stage of the development project.
Therefore, the AOT has come up with the project to build the 2nd passenger building to accommodate another 30 million passengers per year, adding up the Suvarnabhumi airport’s capability to take up to 90 million passengers per year.
According to the plan, the construction of the 2nd passenger building will begin in 2019 and it is expected to be completed in 2021, Mr Nitinai said.