Airport Link to buy 7 more train compartments

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BANGKOK, 11 June 2012  – The State Railway of Thailand (SRT), operator of the Airport Link, said it will purchase seven more train compartments to accommodate passengers using City Line. 

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na Ranong held a discussion with the Transport Ministry concerning the administration of the Airport Link. The Express Line running between Makkasan and Suvarnabhumi Airport has reportedly been receiving only 10 percent of the Airport Link overall passengers, while the City Line has been popular.

Mr Kittiratt said the Airport Link serves around 55,000 passengers per day, exceeding the target at 42,000 passengers. The operator is preparing to buy seven more train compartments, worth 2 billion baht to accommodate the increasing number of passengers.

He stated that as the process takes around two years before the trains will be in service; therefore, the operator must decide soon.

The SRT is also studying extension routes from Phaya Thai Station to Don Mueang Airport to facilitate passengers with connecting flights between the two airports. However, the plan has not been concluded as there will be a construction of the MRT’s Red Line from Sam Sen to Rangsit crossing over the same area.