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14 Mar, 2016

Thailand: Terminal 2 at Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport Officially Opened

Bangkok, Thailand, 8 March 2016, (NNN-Bernama) — Terminal 2 at Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport, which has been officially opened, is expected to boost the airport’s capacity to be able to cater up to 30 million passengers annually from 29 million currently, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT) President Nitinai Sirismatthakarn told journalists the Monday’s official opening of Terminal 2 at Don Mueang Airport coincided with the 102nd anniversary of the operation of the airport.

Nitinai explained that there was a need for the expansion, as the Don Mueang Airport previously served 620 flights daily on average, which exceeded its capacity.

Nitinai said it is hoped that Don Mueang Airport could, from now on, earn more from non-aviation businesses amounting about one billion baht yearly, up some 20 per cent.

According to the AOT chief, plans are also being made to undertake the phase 3 development of the Don Mueang Airport, in which a junction terminal will be constructed to link with public transportation networks in nearby areas.

A parking lot which could acccommodate more than 3,000 cars will also be constructed.

Meanwhile, Prasong Poontaneat, AOT Board Chair, said that upon completion, the Don Mueang Airport would be able to cater up to about 40 million passengers annually.