Suvarnabhumi Airport (Thailand)
Suvarnabhumi Airport (IATA: BKK and ICAO: VTBS) is one of the international airports that serves the city of Bangkok and Thailand in general. The other airport is Don Mueang International Airport. Locally referred to as Bangkok International Airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport is located some 25 km toward the east of Bangkok City. It was opened for both domestic and international flights in late 2006.
Suvarnabhumi Airport currently serves as the main hub for Bangkok Airways, Orient Thai Airlines and Thai Airways International. In addition, the airport serves as a gateway to the region. It serves as a connecting or pick up point for many airlines that serve the whole region. The airport is currently ranked as the sixth busiest airport in Asia and the sixteenth in the world in terms of passenger traffic.
Unlike most international airports, Suvarnabhumi Airport only has one terminal. The single terminal building is however the fourth largest in the world with a floor space of 6,060,000 sq. feet. Interestingly, the airport features the tallest free-standing control tower in the world at 434 feet.
It must be noted that Suvarnabhumi Airport is a relatively new airport. It actually replaced Don Mueang International Airport when it comes to international flights. It is for this reason that Suvarnabhumi Airport uses airport code that was once used by Don Mueang. Construction of the modern motorway No. 7 has gone a long way in making the airport easily accessible. The motorway connects the airport with Bangkok and the Bangkok’s industrial area on the eastern seaboard from where manufactured products are shipped from for export through the airport.