Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Suvarnabhumi Airport Quick Facts

Official name

Suvarnabhumi Airport. First Official day of operation was September 28th, 2006. Suvarnabhumi (or sometime spelled Suvarnaphumi) replacing Don Muang Airport as Bangkok International Airport which was in operation for 92 years. The name Suvarnabhumi was chosen by HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej which means "The Golden Land", specifically referring to the continental Indochina. "Golden Peninsula"or "Golden Land" is a traditional name for the Thailand-Cambodia-Laos-Burma region

How is it pronounced

Airport Code

Suvarnabhumi Airport will inherit its IATA airport code BKK from Bangkok Don Muang International Airport.


The airport is located in Racha Thewa in the Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan province, 30 kilometers east of Bangkok. ArchitectsThe 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 aircrafts 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 (Novotel Suvarnabhumi Hotel) and the terminal building are the two 5-storey car park buildings with a combined capacity of 5,000 cars.

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