Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) in Bangkok, Thailand, is reportedly set to undergo a $236m (THB7.8bn) expansion from July.
The project will begin after finalising a contractor through a bidding process, Bangkok Post cited Thailand Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob as saying.
Chidchob stated that the work, termed the East Expansion project, secured the approval of the cabinet of ministers, Airports of Thailand‘s board and a government committee on the airport’s capacity improvement.
Upon completion in March 2025, the expanded area is expected to increase the airport’s capacity by 44% with an annual passenger handling capacity of up to 65 million.
Currently, the airport has the capacity to manage 45 million passengers annually, according to the minister.
AOT vice-president Kerati Kijmanawat said that the East Expansion project will add 66,000m² additional space for the inclusion of 108 new check-in counters, six sets of baggage conveyors and nine security checkpoints.
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Additionally, AOT has been assigned a task to involve International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in studying and offering advice on the project.
The advice given by ICAO will be considered along with the findings offered by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Details offered by ICAO and IATA will be taken into consideration for future airport expansion on the western and northern sides.
In September 2019, Thailand’s Prime Minister confirmed plans to build a second passenger terminal at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.