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Increasing Number of Passengers at Don Mueang Airport

March 11, 2014 Airport No Comments Email Email

The number of passengers at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok is on the increase. The airport is being developed in phases to accommodate more passengers.

The General Manager of Don Mueang International Airport, Flying Officer Chaturongkapon Sodmanee, said that 16.4 million passengers passed through Don Mueang Airport in 2013, while the airport’s total passenger handling capacity was 18.5 million a year.

From January to February 2014, the number of passengers at the airport was more than three million, accounting for an increase of 17.4 percent over that of the same period in 2013. Out of this number, about 2.2 million were domestic passengers and 809,537 were international passengers. Between 18.5 and 19 million passengers are likely to pass through this airport in 2014.

Today, seven airlines, mostly low-cost carriers, are operating scheduled flights through Don Mueang Airport, with 47 routes, 23 of which are domestic and 24 international. The airport is in the process of restoring Terminal 2, along with fixing the south corridor building and Pier 5, in order to accommodate 30 million passengers a year. The development project will be completed by 2014.

In the next phase, scheduled for 2015 to 2016, Don Mueang Airport will be further developed, so that it will be able to accommodate 39 million passengers each year. When combined with the potential of Suvarnabhumi International Airport, which is also in its second phase of development, Bangkok will be able to accommodate up to 90 million passengers annually in the next few years.

Located north of Bangkok, Don Mueang is one of the two international airports serving Bangkok. The other one is Suvarnabhumi Airport, about 30 kilometers from Don Mueang.

Don Mueang, one of the world’s oldest international airports and Asia’s oldest operating airport, was officially opened in 1914. It was closed in September 2006, following the opening of Suvarnabhumi as a new Bangkok’s airport, in response to the “single airport” policy.

It was opened again in 2007 to ease congestion at Suvarnabhumi Airport. At that time, Don Mueang handled only domestic flights, and it was closed in late 2011, as it was severely affected by high floods in Bangkok.

The Cabinet in June 2012 approved the development of Don Mueang, which began its full service operation in October 2012, during the period when Suvarnabhumi Airport is going through its second phase, from 2011 to 2017. According to the development plan, Suvarnabhumi will be a hub airport for full-service and connecting flights, while Don Mueang will serve low-cost carriers and accommodate both domestic and point-to-point international flights.

Don Mueang Airport positions itself as a “fast airport” to provide quick and excellent services for all travelers.

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