Bangkok's Troubled Airport

This article describes the problems that have plagued Bangkok’s new Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The airport, which was in the planning stages for some 40 years, finally opened for business in September 2006, just ten days after Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was overthrown in a coup d’etat. Four months later cracks began to appear in the airport’s runways, requiring the reopening of the old one-runway airport Don Muang. Cries of corruption erupted. In addition, Airports of Thailand (AOT) was charged with buying or insulating thousands of homes nearby that were negatively affected by airplane noise. And airlines, rerouted to the old Don Muang airport—which had been closed to commercial traffic once Suvarnabhumi opened—expected to pay the lower prices they had paid when using the older airport.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 30-33
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01050406
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 4 2007 3:19PM