AOT confirms no impact on runway closure


BANGKOK, 13 June 2012  – The Airline Operators Commitee (AOC) made an appointment with the Airport of Thailand (AOT) to discuss closure of Suvarnabhumi Airport’s east runway and aviation fees exemption. The AOT said they will take it into consideration, but so far no negative impacts have been reported by any airlines regarding the runway closure.

Miss Marisa Pongpattanapan, President of AOC revealed that the AOC will hold a meeting regarding problems and effects of the planned runway closure at Suvarnabhumi Airport between June 11 and August 9, 2012. The AOC has asked Airport of Thailand Plc for support in case of emergencies and also to waive aviation fees.

On the other hand, Lieutenant Anirut Tanomkullabhud, CEO of the AOT stated that in case of any emergencies, there will be a hot line for that matter, but in regard to the waiving of aviation fees, he will need to discuss it with the board.

In order to minimize the impact of runway closure, renovation will be divided into 2 phases. The first phase includes area B3-B5 and will take approximately 40 days. The second phase will be initiated upon completion of 870 meters of the first phase.