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Inundated in 2011, Don Muang Airport Said Ready to Withstand 2021 Flood

Immobilized aircrafts at the Don Muang domestic airport in Bangkok on November 10, 2011. Don Muang airport has been closed for weeks due to the worst flooding in Thailand’s history.
Immobilized aircrafts at the Don Muang domestic airport in Bangkok on November 10, 2011. Don Muang airport has been closed for weeks due to the worst flooding in Thailand’s history.

Don Muang Airport is monitoring closely the floodwater situation and is ready to prevent flooding at Bangkok’s No. 2 airport, said General Manager Thanee Chuangchoo.

Famously inundated in 2011, Don Muang’s drainage system has been upgraded in the past decade to handle up to 80 millimeters of rainwater in the first hour of rain, Thanee said.

There are also three retention ponds that can additionally hold 1 million cu. meters of water. Besides, there were pumps to drain water from the airport compound directly to the Prem Prachakorn Canal.

To block water from its vicinity, Don Muang has embankments surrounding its perimeter and its gates on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road would be closed when flooding happened outside, Thanee said.

The airport management already set up an operation center to monitor and assess water situations on a daily basis until water situations returned to normal, he said.