Domestic Flights to Shift to the Old International Terminal on August 1, 2011

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Domestic flights will shift from the old domestic terminal at Bangkok's Don Muang airport to the former international terminal on August 1, 2011.

Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) is gearing up to shift domestic flight operations to Terminal 1 (T1). It has spent 13 million baht to date renovating T1, which promises to offer greater convenience to passengers with 40% more space, a better layout, more commercial outlets, more parking spaces and a drop-off area.

T1 will be able to handle up to 10 million domestic passengers, more than twice the level of the present domestic terminal based on current traffic of 12,000 to 13,000 passengers a day. AoT has earmarked 19 million baht to renovate T1 including an air-conditioning upgrade.

Also under consideration are plans to turn Don Mueang into a maintenance centre for small and medium-sized aircraft, a landing gear maintenance centre for narrow-bodied aircraft, an aircraft parts stock management centre, a flight simulator, an international free-trade zone or a private jet/air taxi terminal.

Patee Sarasin, the chief executive of Nok Air, said the budget airline will be able to start operations from T1 on schedule. Nok Air's service area will be more spacious and better laid out for greater passenger convenience, he said.

Meanwhile, AoT's Mr Prateep said the daily traffic of 12,000 to 13,000 passengers at Don Mueang was an increase of at least 50%
from 8,000 last year due largely to increased Nok Air flights.