TAFA-Thai wants Suvarnabhumi to become Asia¡¯s new air cargo hub

According to the chairman of the Thai Airfreight Forwarders Association (TAFA), Kovit Thanyarattakul, the problems affecting the cargo operations at Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport and its Free Zone are similar to the ones faced by other new airports around the world. “Although all parties had prepared themselves for months before the move to the new […]


According to the chairman of the Thai Airfreight Forwarders Association (TAFA), Kovit Thanyarattakul, the problems affecting the cargo operations at Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport and its Free Zone are similar to the ones faced by other new airports around the world.

“Although all parties had prepared themselves for months before the move to the new airport, we forecasted all possible problems that could arise and used the problems experienced by other big airports around the world as a guide line, Kovit said. “Still, it is obvious that many things went wrong with our plans. We accept that almost all systems in this cargo terminal are new and that it takes time for all parties involved to familiarise themselves with these new systems.”

“However, we fi nd that these problems are acceptable. We are now working hard to solve and overcome all these problems and I do believe that we will soon fi nd adequate solutions. I am sure that all of us want to see our proud new airport to grow up and become an aviation hub in this region.

After moving air cargo terminal from the congested old airport, Don Muang, to Suvarnabhumi on September 28, 2006, Thailand’s air cargo capacity at the new airport has been increased from 1.2 million tonnes per year to ultimately 3 million tonnes per year. In addition, there is space reserved for further development to handle 5-6 million tonnes a year in the future.