Cabinet approved plan to renovate Donmuang airport

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BANGKOK, 19June 2012 -The Cabinet has approved a proposal to improve Donmuang Airport to relieve air congestion at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Government Deputy Spokesman Chalitrat Chantarubeksa said that the planned renovation of Donmuang, which has been proposed by the Ministry of Transport, will increase the capacity of the Thai aviation industry and also serve as a secondary airport if Suvarnabhumi (SVB) becomes inconvenient due to unforeseen circumstances.

In addition, Mr. Chalitrat said that the restoration of the country’s first airport will help raise its income and reduce its accumulated losses. Under the proposal, the Transport Ministry wants SVB to operate at its full capacity and become a transit destination for international flights.

Meanwhile, all low cost and domestic flights will be, on a voluntary basis, relocated to Donmuang. Relevant Ministries and agencies have been instructed to oversee the new development at Donmuang to assure its efficiency, added Chalitrat.