Suvarnabhumi Airport (IATA: BKK, ICAO: VTBS) (meaning ‘Golden Land’), also known as (New) Bangkok International Airport, is an international airport serving Bangkok, Thailand. It was officially opened for limited domestic flight service on 15 September 2006, and opened for most domestic and all international commercial flights on 28 September. The airport is currently the main hub for Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, Orient Thai Airlines, Thai AirAsia and will be a hub for the new Thai Tiger Airways.
The airport is located in Racha Thewa in Bang Phli district, Samut Prakan Province, about 25 kilometres (16 mi) east of downtown Bangkok. The name Suvarnabhumi was chosen by King Bhumibol Adulyadej and refers to the golden kingdom hypothesised to have been located somewhere in outheast Asia.
Designed by Helmut Jahn of Murphy/Jahn Architects, the airport has the world’s tallest control tower (132.2 metres / 434 feet), and the world’s third largest single-building airport terminal (563,000 square metres / 6,060,000 square feet). Suvarnabhumi is the 5th busiest airport in Asia, having handled 40.5 million passengers in 2009, and is also a major air cargo hub. The airport inherited the airport code BKK from Don Mueang after the older airport ceased international commercial flights. A modern motorway no.7 connects the airport, Bangkok, and the heavily industrial Eastern Seaboard of Thailand, where most of the manufacturing for export takes place.
Thai International (telephone: (02) 513 0121) is the national airline and Bangkok Airways (telephone: (02) 265 5555) operate domestic flights and a number of international routes in the region.
Other major airlines include: ANA, Air China, Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Garuda Indonesia, Gulf Air, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, Malaysian Airlines, Northwest, Qantas, Qatar, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, and United Airlines.
Approximate flight times To Bangkok from :London 11 hours 35 minutes
New York 16 hours 55 minutes
Los Angeles 18 hours 50 minutes
Toronto 19 hours 50 minutes
Sydney 9 hours 25 minutesAirport facilities
Include 24-hour shopping, duty free, tourist information desks, restaurants, snack bars, postal services, bureaux de change, hotel reservations, left-luggage and medical service. Car hire companies include Avis and Budget among others.Business facilities
There is a business centre (telephone: (02) 535 3711, ext 44) at the airport, and executive lounges and services like limousine hire and rental of mobile phones.
There is no arrival tax but a B500 (international) is payable in cash in local currency on departure. There is a tax of B50 on domestic flights but this is included in the price of the ticket.
Transport to the city
Taxis can be pre-paid for at the Arrivals Hall in the airport. Expect to pay B500–650 to the city centre (journey time can be 40–90 minutes) plus road tolls of B70 at the booths. Some pre-paid taxis include the toll charges. Ask when purchasing your ticket.
Airport buses (telephone: (02) 995 1252) run four different routes into the city every 30 minutes (0530–2430).Route A-1 goes to the Silom Road business district, A-2 operates to Sanam Luang (Royal Grand Palace),A-3 goes to Sukhumvit Road and A-4 goes to Hualampong Railway Station (approximate journey times are one hour; cost: B100+).
Bangkok Airport Express trains operate every 90 minutes (08:00–19:00) from the railway station adjacent to the airport (journey time about 35 minutes; fare: B100+). The tourist information booth in the Arrivals Hall has the schedule.