Suvarnabhumi International Airport Overview | Bangkok
The name Suvarnabhumi was given by HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej (pictured right inspecting a model of the new Suvarnabhumi Airport) at an auspicious foundation stone laying ceremony on January 19, 2002.
Suvarnabhumi means "The Golden Land"? which is a traditional name for the Thailand-Cambodia-Laos-Burma region
How Suvarnabhumi is pronounced:
Suvarnabhumi Airport covers an area of approximately 20,000 rais (8,000 acres). The new Airport is located about 30 kilometres (19 miles) to the east of Bangkok in Bang Phli District, Samut Prakarn Province and is about 25 km from downtown Bangkok
130 passport control checkpoints for arrivals, 72 for departures.
26 customs control checkpoints for arrivals, 8 for departures.
22 baggage conveyor belts.
360 check-in counters. There are 100 additional counters for passengers without luggage.
107 moving walkways.
18 slanted moving sideways.
The passenger terminal is seven stories high and it
has 563,000 square meters of floor space, this
replaces Hong Kong's Chep Lap Kok airport as the
International cargo facilities are housed within a
90,000 square metre terminal. They are divided into
four zones: Express Cargo Zone, Customers Airline
Zone, Thai Cargo and the Alliance Zone - there's also
a temperature-controlled perishable centre.
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The airport has a 600,000 square metre Customs Free
Zone and 14 warehouses that employ the very latest in
logistics technology. Raw materials and parts imported
into the country for assembly can be exported
expeditiously without passing through customs. In
addition to speeding up supply chain management,
customs free zones are considered outside of "Thai
customs territory" and allow for the importation and
subsequent export of goods without being subject to
import taxes or other duties. Taxes only apply once
the goods enter Thailand for consumption.
The main automotive route to the new airport is via an
eight-lane road linking the terminal with the
Bangkok-Chonburi highway, in addition to connections
with the Rom Klao and King Kaew Roads, Bangna-Trad
Road and Burapha Vithee Expressway, as well as a
connection to On Nut Road.
Additionally, a rail connection will be established
between Suvarnabhumi and Makkasan train station in
Bangkok within the next one to two years, offering
passengers a mere 15-minute transit to the city.
The control tower is 132.2 meters high. It is the world's tallest control tower. It has the ability to manage approximately 76 flights per hour.
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