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News article extracted from: BangkokPost.net


General news >> Monday December 25, 2006




Poor construction at Suvarnabhumi may force parts of the new airport to be shut down for repairs. This would open the way for the recently abandoned Don Muang airport to be re-opened to serve Bangkok's air traffic needs.


Deputy Transport Minister Sansern Wongcha-um said yesterday that following a recent report on the problems facing Suvarnabhumi airport, it was likely that part of the new facility would have to be closed and Don Muang airport would pick up the slack.


Some people had suggested the airport, open less than three months, be completely closed for a revamp, with flights being redirected to Don Muang until the improvements are completed, Mr Sansern said. He was opposed to that. Trying to move everything back to Don Muang would cause chaos.


The Council for Democratic Reform _ now the Council for National Security _ asked about the readiness of Suvarnabhumi airport just after the Sept 19 coup, but executives of the Airports of Thailand (AoT) had insisted the airport was ready for the scheduled Sept 28 opening.


Opening the airport before it was completed had inevitably led to problems. If the opening had been delayed to allow work to be finished properly, the airport would have started on a more solid footing.


The new AoT board appointed after the coup has discovered physical and managerial problems at Suvarnabhumi airport.


Board member Yodyiam Theptranont, who heads a sub-panel investigating the problems, said the repairs would take a long time. He could not give a timeframe.


Mr Yodyiam's report to the AoT board outlined a lengthy list of complaints and deficiencies, along with a list of recommendations on fixing the problems.


The report attributed the faults to substandard construction, poor management and manipulation of designs and materials.


The report said the airport's information technology facilities were incomplete and the upper floors of the car park building have no drains, causing rain water to flow into elevator shafts.


Over 1,000 lamps had already burned out and not been replaced.


Mr Yodyiam said AoT lacked an official with direct responsibility for the airport's construction, which had posed an obstacle in getting swift repairs.


Another AoT board member, Tortrakul Yomnak, said many areas need repairs and a partial closure was likely.


Chaisak Angsuwan, director-general of the Civil Aviation Department, said that due to the persistent problems, the department could not issue a permanent licence for Suvarnabhumi airport.


It would, however, extend an interim aerodrome certificate for the airport for another six months in January, he said.


Mr Chaisak said the airport needed to meet all physical and operational requirements before it could be given a permanent certificate.



There were many cracks in the airport's taxiways, some serious and some not, and repairs would be time-consuming, he said. Many operations staff also have no expertise in using their equipment.


Adm Bannawit Kengrian, chairman of the National Legislative Assembly's committee on Suvarnabhumi airport, said his panel had discovered mistakes and irregularities in almost all the airport's contracts. Names of those believed responsible would be announced in two weeks.


Specifications in some contracts had been distorted, he said.


Salaries paid executives of the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport hotel were unusually high. Despite its claimed five-star status, the hotel had plywood doors.


An inexperienced contractor operated transformers that supply power to visiting aircraft and six transformers had burnt out. The cost of digging ditches around the airport was inflated to three billion baht and hiring security guards to five billion baht.


Any contracts where corruption was found would be scrapped, he said.

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Haste makes waste, as the saying goes...

Cowards die many times before their deaths;

The valiant never taste of death but once.


William Shakespeare, "Julius Caesar", Act II Scene 2

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  • 2 years later...

None of that story is true :wub:

"Tax the Wealthy....Redistribute their wealth to the Poor....bring Swedish Socialism to America"

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None of that story is true :Awesome:

IT Was in 2006 mate

cheers chris :wub:

Wriggley Tin 1

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WTF? LOL I was getting a bit cinfused my flight lands there 22nd May


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