Sunday, February 3, 2008

Thailand Airport.

by Thotsaporn

Thailand Airport. In this issue, we would like you to see the pride of all Thai people, Suvarnabhumi Airport. Also known as Nong Ngu Hao Airport, Suvarnabhumi International Airport is located near Bang Na-Trat Highway in Tambon Racha Tewa. Amphoe Bang Phli. Samut Prakan province. Located 25 km from the heart of Bangkok, the airport came into operation on 28 September 2006 as the national as well as Southeast Asia's aviation hub. Bestowed by HM the King on 29 September 2000, its name literally means Golden Land. HM the King graciously laid the foundation stone for the passenger terminal complex on 19 January 2002. Now let's see what you'll have to do if you need to travel by air. Note that Suvarnabhumi houses both domestic and international flights. The passenger terminal consists of four levels of interest. Level 1 is for car and bus lobby: Level 2. arrivals: Level 3, meeting points and shops: and Level 4. departures. You'll find 10 gates in all. Gates 1-2 (corresponding to Counters B-E) are for domestic and low-cost travelers, whereas Gates 3-10 are only for international travelers. As Thai Airways International is the national carrier, it has three main areas totaling 13.000 square meters. The largest passenger lounge in the world can be found here. with business and first-class travelers' check-in facilities at Counters A and B (in the eastern flank of the terminal).
If you're traveling domestic, use Gates 1 and 3 and check in at Counters B through E. after which you should go to Level 2 to proceed to Gates A1 through A6 of Concourse A or Gates B1 through B6 of Concourse B. You'll have to remember your boarding time and gate well and constantly follow the flight information screen constantly, as there will be no passenger paging as done at Don Mueang. which is a dated practice. If you're traveling international, use Gates 4 through 10, depending on your choice of airline, the name of which will appear at the gate entrance. Your counter will be after Counter F. Once you've checked in, proceed to one of the passport control points (of which there are 72 for departing passengers and 124 for arriving passengers). Your boarding will be from Concourse C (C1-C10), D (D1-D8), E (E1-E10), or F (F1-F6). Again, no passenger paging will be heard here.

Your luggage can weigh up to 32 kg and your carry-on bags up to 15 kg. As for getting to the airport, use your own cars, taxis, or buses. Drop-offs will be at Level 4. If you're arriving by bus, you can get to the passenger terminal on a shuttle bus from the terminal. Once at Level 4, if you're going on an international flight by Thai Airways International or a Star Alliance company, use Gates 3 through 6: others may use Gates 7 through 10. Once inside the passenger terminal, you'll see 460 check-in counters and LCD flight information display screens, which tell you exactly which counter to go to - this was not available at Don Mueang.

If you're going on an international flight, check your baggage and other possessions at the counter, and they will automatically be conveyed to the CTX 9000 scanner. Don't worry about baggage loss. Once you've checked in, proceed to one of the 72 passport control points, which will get you through within 20 seconds. From that point, you'll find yourself at the Airside portion, with tax-free shopping opportunities and clear signage about boarding gates. Remember - Gates A and B belong to domestic flights and Gates C through H, to international flights. If you want immediate boarding, go downstairs to Level 3 to have your baggage inspected and then proceed to your boarding gate. If you're returning to Thailand, once the plane stops at the concourse gates, you'll need to visit one of the 120 passport control points and then proceed to the baggage claim area, which features 22 conveyor belts. Once you've picked up your luggage, go through one of the

two customs exits, depending on whether you have articles to declare. From that point on, you can exit the building through Level 2. If you want to use public transport, get on a shuttle bus to the bus terminal. Or you can use a metered taxi, as there'll be 20 of those waiting in line at any given time, and remember that you'll pay 50 baht on top of the fare. These chauffeurs have undergone training in driving manners and English.

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