AOT: West runway of Suvarnabhumi Airport now operational


BANGKOK, 8 July 2012  – The operator of Suvarnabhumi Airport has confirmed that the recently-repaired west runway has been reopened for service.

Airports of Thailand (AOT) President Flying Officer Anirut Thanomkulbutra said on Saturday that the damage found on the 19R runway on the west side of Suvarnabhumi Airport, identified on July 5th, was not the sinking of the runway surface but only the worn-out Tarmac.

After the refill of asphalt, the runways has been opened for use again.

Mr. Anirut said that the AOT has been inspecting the runway surface on an every-other-day basis and any damage will be promptly fixed.

He stated that while the repair service is being performed, all airport officials are to make sure that the safety of all flights and passengers will always be on top of the list.

Meanwhile, 42 percent of the repair works on runways in the east and the north has been achieved, with parts of the surface scheduled to be opened for use on July 18th, while all works will be completed by August 2nd, according to the AOT President