Thai authorities intend to transform Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport into one of the world’s top aviation transport hubs, it has been revealed.
According to Serirat Prasutanond, new president of Airports of Thailand, it is felt that the facility can improve its safety record and the quality of services enough to become one of the world’s most important airports.
ETN Asia reported that many changes will be required at Suvarnabhumi if it is to raise itself to the level of hubs in Singapore or Hong Kong.
It quoted Mr Prasutanond as saying: "I am myself conscious that we need to upgrade our standards."
He revealed that the government will make a decision over whether or not to approve a new domestic terminal at Suvarnabhumi by the first quarter of 2010.
According to ETN, the AOT president suggested that this will significantly reduce overcrowding at the airport, adding: "It will add capacity for 20 million passengers and will be linked by a monorail to the main terminal."
The airport currently serves as a base for Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, Thai Air Asia PBair and Orient Thai Airlines.