AOT hires consultants for Bangkok Suvarnabhumi expansion

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Airports of Thailand (AOT) has hired consultants to design its mid-field satellite terminal and related infrastructure at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport.

Construction of the 28-gate 216,000m² (2.33 million ft²) satellite terminal will begin in August 2014 and is scheduled to be completed by December 2016, says an AOT official. Eight of these gates will be able to able to handle the Airbus A380 aircraft.

The MAA 103 Group consortium will design the satellite terminal, which is being built as part of the airport's second phase of expansion. This project is estimated to cost baht (Bt) 722 million ($24.2 million).

Another consortium, PSS Consortium, will design and oversee the related infrastructure works, valued at Bt64 billion. These include plumbing, electrical supply and wastewater treatment, says AOT.

Separately, AOT says Suvarnabhumi's expansion programme will include a 60,000m² extension of the eastern end of its existing terminal and the building of a new 960,000m² apron. An underground tunnel linking the terminal and its future satellite terminal will also be part of the expansion.

Upon the project's completion, the airport's annual handling capacity will increase from 45 million to 60 million passengers.

Rapid growth of passenger numbers at Suvarnabhumi led the country's transport ministry to issue a directive bringing forward the completion date of its expansion by a year to 2016. Last June, the Thai cabinet also approved the reopening of Bangkok's secondary Don Mueang airport to ease congestion at the city's main gateway. AOT invested over Bt1.6 billion to improve runways and various airport facilities. The cabinet said then that Suvarnabhumi will remain as Bangkok's hub airport for full service and connecting flights, while Don Mueang will service low-cost carriers on domestic and point-to-point routes.