Also known as the New Bangkok International Airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport is one of the two international airports that serves Bangkok, Thailand; together with Don Mueang International Airport. Suvarnabhumi Airport was officially opened for limited domestic flight service on September 15 2006, and opened for most domestic and all international commercial flights on the 28th of September of the same year (2006). The Airport is the 20th busiest airport in the world, and the 6th busiest airport in Asia, and the busiest in the country. The airport is currently the main hub for: Thai International Airways, Bangkok Airways, as well as Orient Thai Airlines. It also serves as a regional gateway and connecting points for various flag carriers.
Reviews – What People Are Saying
I’ve seen a combination of positive and not-so-good reviews and comments coming from the airport’s customers, as I’ve searched throughout the Internet. However, they seem to point out one thing about the airport’s services and offers: it’s cleanliness and organized facilities. Here are some of the reviews I’ve read:
“This is the second time in 3 weeks I have arrived and entered, the FAST TRACK system, in each case it was swamped with all classes of passengers. Good luck to them, but what is the point of airlines paying for this service if the airport is not going to provide it. I paid $ 25,200 for my ticket.”
—Peter Birch (United Kingdom)
“Having travelled via many airports, I find Bangkok Airport to be very useful and relaxing. I am driven to write this review as many I have read have bemoaned this airport due to forces beyond their control. eg flight hold up on arrival or queues at customs. However lets not detract from what are the real benefits of the airport and the many offerings. Food and beverages are in plenty and very low cost in comparison to many other airports, this is on both sides, off air side and air side, if travelling with a family this is a considerable cost saving. Many toilets are on offer to a very high standard of hygiene. Also many IT ports, USB, WiFi and plugs available, as is seating and lounge areas. As an ex smoker I can say there are many more areas to smoke then in other western airports and all very well air conditioned. You do not come out smelling like an ashtray. The airport also has a buzz, a living soul and very friendly people. The problem with other new airports is that they are all tinsel and chrome and have no soul or passion. Check in is very quick and efficient as is the process through security, the only delays sometimes is with customs, but then that is expected as Thailand takes its security seriously, knowing who’s come in and who is out. Overall a great and impressive airport, one that you don’t mind spending some time at.”
—T Thompson (United Kingdom)
“Do not understand why this airport has a relatively low rating. It is spacious, well built, signs are clear, everything is well-marked. Yes, crowds are sometimes overwhelming, and queuing at immigration on departure could be improved, but shopping is fantastic, food outlets are good and plentiful, WiFi is free and good and seating at the gates ample, with a good architecture.”
—Alain Kupferman (Thailand)
The terminal building was designed by Helmut Jahn of Murphy / Jahn Architects. It was constructed primarily by ITO JV. The airport has the world’s tallest free-standing control tower, and world’s fourth-largest single building airport terminal.
The airport’s main terminal roof is designed with structural elements and bays placed in a cantilevered, wavelike form to appear to float over the concourse beneath. This overall design principle was to express the former essence of the site, from which water was to be drained before construction could begin.
- Airport Code: IATA: BKK – ICAO: VTBS
- Phone number: +56 2 535 15 15
- Website URL: www.suvarnabhumiairport.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Flight Information: +66 (0) 213 21 888
- Fax: +66 2 535 10 65
- Address: 171 Vibhavadi Road, Bangkok Thailand
The airport offers a wide variety of souvenir shops and restaurants to choose from. Aside from that, the airport’s spotless facilities and interior design can somehow sooth those aching backs and tiresome eyes, giving you a time to rest and relax, while just staring at the whole place. It is a nice airport that Thailand can be proud of.