The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has warned of the need to expand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (SVB) to ensure it heads off a shortage of capacity and enable it to continue to serve as an efficient, major hub and not lose out to other regional air hubs.
“”Thai authorities should recognise that aviation is a key enabler of travel and tourism and contributes substantially to the Thai economy and employment. Thailand needs to urgently build new terminal and runway capacity at Suvarnabhumi to ensure it remains one of the region’s top hubs,” IATA said in a statement.
Suvarnabhumi opened in 2006 but is already overcrowded, with close to 50 million passengers using the airport each year while the stated capacity is 45 million a year. Airlines and the travelling public have been frustrated by congestion at the airport, which is only getting worse as traffic grows and as expansion programs are the delayed by political uncertainty.