Suvarnabhumi will not be affected by floods

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BANGKOK, 18 October 2011 -The Airport of Thailand (AoT) says Suvarnabhumi Airport will not be affected by the deluge with the 3.5-meter- tall dyke surrounding the airport.

According to Acting AoT Director Mr. Somchai Sawasdipol, Suvarnbhumi Airport has already had an effective flood prevention plan in place and there is no need for public concerns. The water levels around the airport have been constantly monitored and the current height is now safe at 60 centimeters above the sea level.

He further added that the airport is working closely with the Department of Royal Irrigation in keeping the situation under surveillance particularly now that the northern torrent is moving towards the west of Bangkok.

The AoT has coordinated with the Department of Highways and the Department of Rural Roads in increasing the height of the 23.5 kilometer earthen dyke, which surrounds the airport, and increasing the capacity of nearby canals in Lat Krabang district in case the torrent reaches the area.

Mr. Somchai is confident that the airport will be safe from flooding. Moreover, airlines and business operators have already been made aware and instructed by the AoT to follow the emergency plan when needed.