Don Mueang makeover set to handle 28-30 million pax annually

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Don Mueang Airport in northern Bangkok is being renovated to cater at least 16 million passengers this year and up to 28-30 million once completed in May 2014.

Don Mueang airport director Jaturongkapol Sodmanee said on Tuesday that the renovation of the airport’s two terminals and runways to expand its handling capacity for 28-30 million people annually is expected to be complete by May next year.

The airport is set to offer faster service for passengers starting this peak season by increasing X-ray scanners and security checkpoints. The renovated terminals will serve the region’s growing air travel as many airlines including Lion Air, the Jakarta-based low-cost carrier, will make Bangkok as one of its hubs and is supposed to launch its service here later this month.

Thai AirAsia’s commercial division director Santisuk Klongchaiya, meanwhile, said the airline is opening up new routes together with new promotions to meet expected demand during this peak travel season. The growing political tensions should not affect the Thai tourism.

According to Santisuk, Thai AirAsia has also introduced its “Fly-Thru” campaign which will help passengers connect with flights more conveniently. Passengers at Don Mueang Airport can transfer from one flight to another without hassle as their baggages will be collected at the destination. The campaign will be active from December 1 onward, covering 34 routes.