Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok's hi-tech wonder ill ridden new airport
is now operating without safety certificate.
Bkk Post, Sat, January 27, 2007: Airport has safety pass held back
The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) yesterday decided to postpone renewing an international safety certificate for Suvarnabhumi as the
airport prepared to close the eastern runway for repairs early this morning. DCA director-general Chaisak Angkasuwan said the authorities would
reassess the situation at Suvarnabhumi after a new law is passed requiring all airports to meet the standards of the International Civil Aviation
Organisation (ICAO). Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
This has gone on for awhile, but now it's breaking.
The Nation, Fri, January 26, 2007: ...airlines afraid to use new
Incoming flights were delayed at Suvarnabhumi Airport yesterday as its west runway was closed for repairs for two hours, while the transport
minister admitted some airlines were afraid to use the new airport due to safety concerns.
While inspecting cracks on taxiways Transport Minister Theera Haocharoen said: "This has started to affect the country's image and some airlines are
afraid to use Suvarnabhumi due to safety fears."Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Ever since its opening, in fact years before, it has been despised and unwanted, this multi-billion construction, the golden egg for a couple of
generations of politicians, not to mention the investors and their associated pimps and conmen. Like some people will follow them, most they
Only the investors and politicians wanted a new airport. The old BKK airport, Don Mueang had operated, most times congested, but smooth the conditions
in mind. But situated about ten kilometres North of the city center on what was once known as Don E Yeo (ดอนอีเหยี่ยว) meaning
plateau of eagles and vultures, it is now surrounded by suburban areas.
Please note the original name of the site... -a proper name for a aerodrome- ...compared to the name of the Suvarnabhumi-site, Nong Ngu Hao
(หนองงูเห่า), meaning "cobra swamp". The venom greedy bites have left in the process of turning a snake pit into high-tech
aerodrome, are now starting to show.
Forget about the sister of the ousted despot, who, taking bids from offers of interior decoration, demanded 25 million from anyone participating in
the bid, ...or the missing 1.2 billion for the scanners. Now it's coming down to what has been feared from first on. Flight safety.
Few months after operations started, and now four month on, small cracks in runways and taxiways are turning into risks of safety.
The Nation, Mon, January 22, 2007:Runway cracks widen at
He added the runway and taxiway cracks had spread and as much as 100,000 square metres of tarmac would be affected if nothing were done.
"It is crucial that the involved parties find the causes and solutions to this matter," said Prapan.
He claimed debris from a cracked runway overseas had caused an aircraft accident that killed 130 people.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Meanwhile emergency repair goes on thus restricting traffic and flights are now being diverted for refueling to Utapao after circling in queues over
Congestion has been a problem from day one of operation. Planned and laid out thirty years ago it's already at full capacity. Together with the
chaotic conditions of trouble shooting to get a monster like it running, it has created scenes ranging from discomfort to fierce anger from the users
of the facility. Lugage handling are claimed to be sluggish, for the first few weeks hardly working, layouts of operational space had to be changed in
order to function. Lightning found to be inadequate and sparse, and common problems like faulty pluming are all things you learn to live with in
What to do but slaughter a scapegoat.
Bkk Post, Wed, January 24, 2007: Top airport managers face the chop
Here's pictures of the the president and director of the airport.
Little will it help, you have to learn to live with the risk of Suvarnabhumi if you wanna come and go here.
Meanwhile they might discuss for as many years it took to get it up what to do. The problem seems to be a lack of piling of the runways - build on a
The Nation, Sun, January 28, 2007: Expert warned 15 years ago
building on a swamp was trouble
"There is nothing new in this. You can draw a lesson from the traditional Thai house on stilts standing comfortably in watery terrain.
Traditional Thai architecture is amphibious and in harmony with nature."
Sumet, who opposed building the airport on the site because of unfavourable subsoil conditions, suggested air traffic at the four-month-old
Suvarnabhumi Airport should then shift to the newly piled runway to allow the existing aprons to be piled.
Alternatively, the old Don Muang airport north of Bangkok could be recommissioned to accept flights while repairs are carried out.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
So generally, it comes down to, the forgot to build it on stilks... in Thailand... but they saved a lot of nice money to put in their pocket.