(15 November) The Ministry of Transport is planning to expand the capability of Bangkok′s main airport to handle more goods by 2017, officials said.
Suvarnabhumi Airport is currently capable of handling 1.3 million tonnes of goods annually, but Minister of Transport Chatchart Sittipan said that number should increase to 3 million tonnes in 2017, in order to welcome the growth in aviation shipping.
To achieve the targeted result, the Ministry has appointed Mr. Somchai Siriwattanachok as a president of a committee which will be responsible for the studies of the strategic plans.
By the end of this year, the Airports of Thailand (AOT) Public Company will need to provide the strategic plan, which must cover the procedure to expand the airport, and how to promote its services in the future, according to officials.
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has also arranged plans to purchase 7 additional trains for its Airport Link services, after it had lowered its budget. According to the Transport Minister, the plan would be proposed to the cabinet in two weeks.
Meanwhile, “The plan to construct Kae Rai – Minburi Sky-Rail has made some good progress and is expected to be proposed to the Cabinet soon”, said Mr. Chatchart, “However, Transport Ministry is still researching about the possible alternatives for the route so that the passengers have more choices in their travel".
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