Airports of Thailand Plc. said it will continue its expansion of Suvarnabhumi International Airport now that the coronavirus pandemic is winding down and people are traveling more.
Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob projected that Suvarnabhumi will see increased activity once Russia ends its invasion of Ukraine and China relaxes its travel restrictions. Development of existing terminals in the eastern wing and expansions to the northern wing are, therefore, needed to better facilitate travelers.
According to the AoT, the development of the eastern wing will have a budget of 7.8 billion baht. Once complete, it will be able to handle 15 million annual passengers.
AoT is also working to connect the eastern and the northern wings in order to better accommodate passengers. It will submit its draft plan to the Ministry of Transport and the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council for approval before being implemented. The draft plan is currently undergoing a feasibility study and is expected to be completed in 2023.
Concerning the northern wing expansion, Saksayam estimated that the plan will require a budget of 41.2 billion. The new terminal will be able to handle 30 million annual travelers and can be further developed to facilitate an additional 10 million.