Infrastructure and Airport Accessibility

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Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

AOT realizes the importance of services provided at all of our national airports and is therefore committed to expanding infrastructure for more passenger and cargo capacity to maintain and increase opportunities for the economic growth of our country, particularly in the tourism and service industries as well as the business of importing and exporting. AOT also sees the importance of networking for connection with other transportation systems to provide passenger convenience and facility improvement to all groups of passengers, including the elderly, the disabled, and people with special needs for equal access to services.

The management approach and its components

Airport Capacity Enhancement

AOT has proceeded to implement integrated risk management according to COSO – ERM 2017 in accordance with the Best Practice standards of the Ministry of Finance regarding Risk Management Standards and Guidelines for State Agencies (B.E. 2562), including and the Regulations of the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) which comprises five components: Governance and Culture, Strategy and Objective – Setting, Performance, Review and Revision, and Information Communication and Reporting.

Airport Capacity Enhancement Table

Information from August 2020
Remarks: The data shown here represent future plan. Reviews and modifications shall be made according to appropriateness.

Suvarnabhumi Airport Development Master Plan

Currently, Suvarnabhumi Airport has the capacity to handle 45 million passengers per year. When taking into consideration the number of flights and passengers which is likely to increase in the future, AOT has thus decided to implement an airport development master plan to respond to such growth for consistent development and actual implementation. The development plan can be divided into four phases:

Suvarnabhumi Airport
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Don Mueang Airport Development Master Plan

Currently, Suvarnabhumi Airport has the capacity to handle 45 million passengers per year. When taking into consideration the number of flights and passengers which is likely to increase in the future, AOT has thus decided to implement an airport development master plan to respond to such growth for consistent development and actual implementation. The development plan can be divided into four phases:

Don Mueang Airport Development Master Plan

Chiang Mai Airport Development Master Plan

Currently Chiang Mai Airport has the capacity to handle 8 million passengers per year. However, due to air traffic which is expected to increase, AOT has set up the following development plan:

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Hat Yai Airport Development Master Plan

Currently, Hat Yai Airport has the capacity to handle 2.55 million passengers per year. When taking into consideration the number of passengers which is likely to increase in the future and the limited number of parking bays, runways and driveways as well as the non-expandable capacity of the existing passenger terminals, AOT has set up the following development plan:

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Phuket Airport Development Master Plan

Phuket Airport has the capacity to handle 12.5 million passengers per year. When taking into consideration air traffic which is likely to increase in the future, Phuket Airport has decided to continue the Development Plan Phase 2, aimed at the full development of the entire airport as follows:

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Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai Airport Development Master Plan

Currently, Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai has the capacity to handle 3 million passengers per year. However, due to unsolved problems of passenger service area density along with failure to comply with service standards, AOT has decided to focus on improvement of areas inside buildings for service appropriateness and facility renovation before the actual implementation of development which will be divided into 2 phases:

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Connecting with Other Related Transportation Systems

The efficiency of providing transportation convenience to passengers to and from the airport and the establishment of the connection with ground transportation in an integrated manner are important attributes that contribute to the enhancement of infrastructure for optimal benefits while reducing commute time and boosting the local economy in the surrounding areas. Moreover, a good traffic plan reduces traffic congestion in communities surrounding the airport.
AOT realizes the importance of connection with ground transportation and has thus consistently developed transportation networks according to Airport Development Master Plan by collaborating with state agencies, state enterprises, and private organizations to make connections to public transportation systems to the downtown areas by bus, taxi, and electric train at Suvarnabhumi Airport to provide effectiveness in commuting to the downtown areas while providing a connection to the SRT Red Lines Suburban Mass Transit System at Don Mueang Airport, expected to operate in 2022.

For further information:

Real-Time Bus Position and Time Monitoring
System at Suvarnabhumi Airport

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Automatic Taxi Kiosk
for the Disabled at Suvarnabhumi Airport

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Connecting with Other Related Transportation Systems

The transportation systems which support Suvarnabhumi Airpot to become an aviation hub consist of land transport - Motorway No.7, Burapa Withi Expressway, Debaratana Road or National Highway No. 34 (Bangna - Trad) which connects Bangkok to the Eastern Special Economic Zone, and rail transport - Airport Rail Link.

Don Mueang Airport

The transportation systems which support Don Mueang Airport to become an aviation hub consist of land transport - Utraphimuk Elevated Tollway or Don Mueang Tollway, Highway No.1 (Phaholyothin Road), Highway No. 31 (Vibhavadi Rangsit Road), and rail transport – the Northern Railway, the Northeastern Railway, and the SRT Red Lines Suburban Mass Transit System Suburban which connects to the inner core of Bangkok and is expected to operate in 2021. In the future, more connections will be made through the High-Speed Rail Linked 3 Airport Project: Don Mueang Airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport, and U-Tapao Airport in Rayong Province to connect Bangkok to the Eastern Special Economic Zone and other high-speed railway projects which are expected to operate in the future to enhance consistency and effectiveness in the change from air transport to rail transport.

Chiang Mai Airport

The transportation network which supports Chiang Mai Airport consists of land transport - Highway No. 11 which connects to the transportation network from Chiang Mai Province to tourist destinations in nearby areas and provinces, and rail transport - the Northern Railway, and, in the future, the Den Chai – Chiang Mai Double Track Railway Project, which is under construction, to enhance transportation among the upper northern provinces. When the Japanese – Thai Railway Project (Bangkok - Phitsanulok) is completed, further connections will be made with other double-track railways to reach other important destinations.
Moreover, the Chiang Mai Mass Transit Project (Red Lines) (Nakonphing Hospital Station – Baan Mae Hia Saman Samakkee Inesection Station) is under consideration for details, appropriateness, design, and contract bidding to create a connection with Chiang Mai Airport. The project is expected to be completed in 2027.

Hat Yai Airport

The transportation network which supports Hat Yai Airport consists of land transport - Highway No. 4135 which connects to the transportation network from Songkhla Province to tourist destinations in nearby areas and provinces, and rail transport - the Southern Railway and, in the future, the Hat Yai – Padang Besar Double Track Railway Project, which is under construction, to enhance transportation among the upper southern provinces. When the High-Speed Railway Project from Bangkok to Hua Hin is completed, further connections will be made with other double-track railways to reach other important destinations.

Phuket Airport

The transportation network which supports Phuket Airport consists of land transport - Highway No. 402 which connects to the transportation network from Phuket to tourist destinations in nearby areas and provinces. In the future, rail transport will be provided through Phuket mass rapid transit system, which is under construction, to enhance transportation from Phuket Airport to downtown areas and important tourist destinations in Phuket.

Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai Airport

The transportation network which supports Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai Airport consists of land transport - Highway No. 1209 which connects to the transportation network from Chiang Rai Province to tourist destinations in nearby areas and provinces, and the Den Chai – Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong Double Track Railway Project, which is under construction, to enhance transportation among the provinces in the upper northern provinces. When the Japanese – Thai Railway Project (Bangkok - Phitsanulok) is completed, further connection will be made with other double track railways to reach other important destinations.