Development Go-Ahead For Asian Airport, Suvarnabhumi

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Thailand's busiest airport, already the owner of one of the world's largest terminals and the highest-reaching air traffic control tower, is set to get even larger.

Already currently handling over 40 million passengers a year, Suvarnabhumi Airport will be expanded in phases, ultimately giving it the capacity to handle an astonishing 103 million passengers every 12 months. In the first phase, Suvarnabhumi Airport will gain a new domestic terminal, an additional runway, extra car parking space and more connections to the outside world.

By 2024, two more runways will have been laid down - giving it five in total -while there will be yet more new terminals and car parking facilities installed.

Asian Airport Development  
The go-ahead for all three phases of this Asian airport's development was given at the start of August by Airports of Thailand, marking the beginning of a decade-long expansion program. Airports of Thailand was formed in 2002 and handles operations at a total of six sites - Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai and Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai.

Suvarnabhumi Airport was put into operation in late 2006 but the concept of it actually dates back to the late 1950s. It wasn't until the 1990s that things really started moving and its construction was approved in 1997. Suvarnabhumi (‘The Golden Land') Airport got its name in 2000 and the first elements of its terminal were laid down two years later.

Suvarnabhumi Development  
The Suvarnabhumi development project will cost an estimated $5.47 billion to implement. Timescale-wise, phase one is set to have been finished by 2016, phase two by 2020 and phase three by 2024. Suvarnabhumi Airport currently possesses a pair of runways, which sit side by side, and a single terminal, which can process a maximum of 76 passenger flights every hour. The terminal's divided up into seven levels and covers an area of 563,000 square meters.