The Airports of Thailand (AoT) announced this week a plan to invest at least 10 billion baht on renovating the quickly aging Don Mueang Airport. The goal is that Don Mueang will serve 27 million customers by 2016. Suvarnabhumi Airport, the countries newer more modern airport serves about 60 million people a year.
The aim of the renovation is to serve the growing number of passengers which is expected to grow at a rate of 33% each year.
Paranee Wattanotai, the Director of Airport Services said two more airlines have requested to use Don Mueang. Those include Indonesia’s Lion Air and AirAsia X, the long-haul and budget airline based in Malaysia. Currently, only three commercial airlines fly to and from Don Mueang airport, those are Nok Air, Orient Thai and Air Asia.
Part of the reason the airport needs an upgrade is that it was flooded last year during the devastating Bangkok flooding.
Last November, AirAsia moved all of its regional services out of Suvarnabhum to Don Mueang. I’ve flown out of this airport 1 time since the floods, and it really needs the renovations. No one would want to get stuck here for any period of time. The airport is old and outdated. All of the areas need updating to improve passenger flow. This is a great time for 10 billion baht!