The board of Airports of Thailand (AoT) has once again shelved plans to streamline the proposed expansion of Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi international airport.
The move comes after the country's transport ministry directed the AoT to adhere to a Bangkok airport master plan and prepare a proper impact assessment, reported The Bangkok Post.
As a result, the AOT board has scrapped the plan to build a second passenger terminal at a cost of THB27.68bn ($825m) and its extension of the third runway to 3,700m length.
AOT president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn said the board has agreed to return to the old expansion plan approved by the cabinet in August 2010.
The government has instructed AoT to undertake an environmental and health impact assessment of the third runway and the second passenger terminal to comply with the master plan for the development of Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports.
According to the previous plan, the AoT was to start the project early next year, which will now be delayed to 2018 and will be completed in 2020.
The second phase expansion of the airport includes the construction of an extension to the first passenger terminal, additional aircraft parking areas and a new office building for airlines.
According to Sirismatthakarn, the incorporation of the second passenger terminal into the Bangkok airport master plan is anticipated to take three to six months and the project could probably be submitted to the cabinet for approval in early 2016.
Upon completion, the airport will be able to handle approximately 85 million passengers annually.
The Suvarnabhumi airport expansion project has constantly been delayed after the country's military government decided to scrutinise state enterprises and large projects worth at least THB1bn ($31m) to ensure transparency and exercise more control over state companies.
Image: Thailand's Suvarnabhumi Airport. Photo: courtesy of Airports of Thailand.