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Showing posts with label Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Show all posts
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Sunday, 23 September 2018

It won't burn down: Architect defends vision for #Bangkok airport


Bangkok’s main airport is planning to add a $1.3 billion terminal with extensive wooden cladding and a forested landscape, spurring concern about fire risk. Its designer says there’s no need to worry.

Tropical forests inspired the blueprint for the building and the aim is to give travelers a feeling of Thailand’s uniqueness, 52-year-old architect Duangrit Bunnag said in an interview. He rejected concerns from the Engineering Institute of Thailand that the structure could be a fire hazard.

“Airports tend to have similar features -- they’re white, cold and metallic,” Duangrit said. “I wanted a design that immediately gives travelers the feeling they’ve arrived in Thailand. It will be a metal structure covered with wood. Different treatments can be applied to the timber to ensure fire resistance.”

Airports of Thailand Pcl, the biggest Asian airport operator by market capitalization, announced last month that it was awarding the design contract to a joint bid by Duangrit Bunnag Architect Ltd. and Japan’s Nikken Sekkei Ltd.
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 The state-controlled firm expects to boost annual passenger capacity by 30 million by building a second terminal at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi international airport. Construction is due to start next year and finish by 2021.

A tourism boom is straining the country’s infrastructure, putting pressure on officials to tackle bottlenecks. Foreign arrivals could hit 40 million next year -- equivalent to more than half the population.

Duangrit’s design features sweeping arches and giant columns clad in wood. He also proposed an enclosed tropical-forest landscape spanning about 16,000 square meters between two buildings of the terminal. Passengers would be able to see but not to enter the landscape, a symbol for ecological protection.

“The difficulty in designing the terminal is how to make it memorable to travelers from around the world,” Duangrit said. “How do I make it look different to all the other airports?”

Source - TheJakartaPost 

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Bangkok - Thousands of passengers stranded at Suvarnabhumi Airport after their tour agent fails to show up.

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Thousands of passengers were stranded at Suvarnabhumi Airport on Tuesday night after staffs of a company that promised them of a trip to Japan during Songkran Festival did not show up.


Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanawarangkul has to step in by holding a meeting with authorities concerned at the airport. Police have to relocate to new floor those who said they paid fees, ranging from Bt15,000 to Bt20,000, to a firm, Wealth Ever, for a trip to Japan between April 13 and 15, to give space for other passengers. Their numbers are said of them were reported to be about 1,500.
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The airport is already crowded with Thais going out of the country during the long holidays of Songkran. Police are told that there would be a lot more of passengers, about 2,000 who are scheduled to travel with the firm in trouble coming to the airport on Wednesday.
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Source - TheNation
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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Bangkok - Suvarnabhumi International Airport has always given top priority to the safety of customers

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AOT to order stricter ground-handling after complaint
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  SUVARNABHUMI Airport has always given top priority to the safety of customers’ property and strictly monitored the luggage-sorting area and the baggage handling conveyor system in order to prevent thefts, it was confirmed on Friday. 
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Airport director Siroj Duangrat said at a press conference organised by Airports of Thailand (AOT) that more measures would be implemented follow a female passenger’s allegation that the lock of her luggage was cut open and the contents inside ransacked late last month. 
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The woman also claimed that her initial complaint was ignored by airline staff, so she had filed a police complaint at the Suvarnabhumi precinct. Her allegations circulated widely on Thai social media and drew public criticism.
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Siroj said the CCTV footage from the baggage handling conveyor system did not find anything usual and no one had touched the luggage in question. 
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As an airport service provider could not brush off responsibility, he said measures would be implemented to prevent such issues in future. 
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The airport held a meeting with two companies that won concessions to provide ground-handling services – Thai Airways International’s Ground Equipment Services and Worldwide Flight Services Bangkok Air Ground Handling Co Ltd – and told them to strictly supervise officials to ensure work was done in keeping with AOT standards, Siroj said.
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If a concessionaire could not offer services that met AOT’s standards and caused serious damage to its reputation, the AOT would cancel the concession contract, he said. In addition, the airport is considering establishing a subsidiary company to more effectively manage baggage handling and protection of passengers’ belongings, he added.
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Source - TheNation