Histories

Prior to the Setting Up of the Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited On 17 December 1903, the Wrights Brothers succeeded in flying an engined aircraft which was the real beginning of flying in the world. As a result, various nations were quick to appreciate the future importance of flying. Eight years later, a Belgian pilot, Van den Born flew to Thailand, taking the “Orville Wright” to perform the first flight show from 2 – 8 February 1911 at Sa Pathum Horse Racing Course, now known as the Royal Bangkok Sports Club.

Thailand displayed an active interest in having airplanes for self – protection and air transport. On 28 February 1911, Thailand sent three officers to train in France. They were Major Luang Sakdi Sanlayawut (Sunee Suwanprateep), Captain Luang Arwut Sikikorn (Long Sinsuk) and First Lieutenant Tip Ketuthat. The three officers attended a flying training course in France where flying was at an advances stage of development.

Having completed their training, they also visited many places in Europe and returned to Thailand on 2 November 1913 with eight airplanes that the Thai government had ordered. The four Breguets and four Nieuports were the first batch of Thai aircraft. Fittingly, the three new pilots became the first group of pilots and were honored to be the forefathers of the Royal Thai Air Force.

The Ministry of Defence transferred the aviation activities to be under the command of the Army Engineer Inspector General Department and then a temporary hangar was constructed in back of the Police Patrol

School, Pathumwan. Today this is the location of the Police Department. Part of the Sa Pathum constructed in back of the Police Patrol School, Pathumwan.

Today this is the location of the Police Department. Part of the Sa Pathum Horse Racing Course was Sa Pathum airfield, Thailand’s first airport.
Don Mueang (International) Airport (IATA: DMK, ICAO: VTBD) (or also (Old) Bangkok International Airport) is an airport in Bangkok, Thailand. The airport was officially opened on March 27, 1914, although the field had been in use earlier. The main field before the opening of Don Mueang International Airport was the Sa Pathum airfield. On September 28, 2006 the airport was replaced by Suvarnabhumi Airport. The airport is now only in use for charter flights.

Don Mueang was an important hub of Asia and the hub of Thai Airways International. Don Mueang served the most air traffic in Thailand. As of 2005 more than 80 airlines served the airport and over 38,000,000 passengers, 160,000 flights and 700,000 tons of cargo were handled at this airport per year. In 2005 it was the 18th busiest airport in the world and 2nd in Asia by passenger volume.

Don Mueang is a joint-use facility with the Royal Thai Air Force’s Don Mueang Royal Thai Air Force Base, being the home of the RTAF the 1st Air Division, consisting primarily of non-combat aircraft. Vibhavadi Rangsit Road is the main route linking the airport with downtown Bangkok. The Uttaraphimuk Elevated Tollway, running above Vibhavadi Rangsit, offers a more rapid option for getting into the city and connects to Bangkok’s inner city expressway network. Besides travelling by road, there is train service connecting to Hua Lamphong station in the center of town. The railway station is across the highway and linked with the airport by walkway bridge.

Within a month of transferring to Suvarnabhumi, several low-cost airlines asked to move back to Don Mueang.[1] Airports of Thailand resisted the move and the government’s Department of Aviation rejected the plan.As Suvarnabhumi Airport is current operating at near capacity, the idea of re-opening Don Mueang International Airport for low-cost airlines is being considered to help ease the traffic at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

In addition to its current use as a terminal for charter flights, military aircraft and civil aviation Don Mueang might become a hub for aircraft maintenance.

There is a golf course located between the

two runways. The course has no separation whatsoever from the runway, and people are only held back by a red light when airplanes land and cross the golf course. From the aerial/satellite pictures below one can see the greens and bunkers quite well.

Business Characters

The Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT) was corporatized from a state enterprise, namely Airports Authority of Thailand (AAT), to be a public limited company on September 30, 2002 with the registered head of. ce at 333 Cherdwutagard Road, Don Muang, Bangkok 10210, Thailand. AOT is a leader of Thailand’s airport business operator. Its main business lines are managing, operating and developing airports. Presently, AOT has 6 international airports under responsibility: Don Mueang, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Chiang Rai and Suvarnabhumi, all of which accommodate both domestic and international hights. With the opening of commercial operations on September 28, 2006, Suvarnabhumi Airport serves as the main airport replacing Don Mueang International Airport, which was unable to accommodate the overwhelming air traffic growth. At an initial stage, Suvarnabhumi Airport has a capacity to accommodate up to 45 million passengers and 3 million tons of cargo per year. Within a single hour, the airport can operate up to 76 Flights.

AOT’s main revenue derives from: (a) aeronautical revenue consisting of landing charge, parking charge, passenger service charge and aircraft service charge, and (b) non- aeronautical revenue consisting of concession revenue, office and real property rents and service revenues. In the management of airport operations, AOT has toacquire external operators to provide some required ground services for passengers as agreed under contracts with AOT. They are, for example, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited and Thai Airports Ground Services Company Limited. Operators of retail shops, warehouse facilities, limousines, parking services and other conveniences have to pay for concession fees, rent and service charges. Other non-contract tenants running services within AOT airports pay rent and service charges to the AOT.

AOT Expertise in Airport Operation Management
The AOT management team has accumulated experiences and excellent expertise in airport operation management including airport development planning and airport improvement to meet required international standards and to be able to respond to various clients’ needs. To enhance AOT’s competitive edge in the international arena and to achieve the ambition to set Thailand as an aviation hub in Southeast Asia, AOT has developed the following strategies:

(A) Airport Development for Competitiveness
The commencement of Suvarnabhumi Airport for full commercial operations on September 28, 2006 is a significant strategy in increasing national competitiveness in the world arena. ‘A Gateway to the Golden Land’, Suvarnabhumi Airport is an aviation hub in Southeast Asia that attracts hights from across the globe and leads the way to countries in South and Southeast Asia, linking regional economic development to the world economy. A state-of-the-art international airport, Suvarnabhumi is fully equipped with facilities and highly efficient modern technology as well as has international standard security measures. These services cater to airlines and passengers with total satisfaction. Initially, the airport can accommodate up to 45 million passengers per year.

When the airport is developed to its full potential, it will be able to accommodate up to 100 million passengers per year. Mapping out the strategic plans duringthe .scal years 2006-2008 that aims to achieve a 1 out of 10 in the international world-ranking airportswith the highest number of passengers as well as to upgrade airport service quality to the world-class level will enable Suvarnabhumi Airport to compete with other international airports.

(B) Role of Airports in National Logistic System Development 
The opening of Suvarnabhumi Airport has significantly contributed to the dynamism that drives forward the national logistic system. With a Free Zone cargo management, freight transportation and cargo management at Suvarnabhumi Airport will be quicker, more convenience and efficiency. As a result, it has boosted growth in cargo transportation through Suvarnabhumi, increasing Thailand’s competitive potential in the air transport industry. For regional airports,AOT will swiftly develop strategies that support logistics and tourism while expanding hight routingnetworks to cover all corners of the globe. AOT will establish Thailand as a logistic hub in air freight to GMS countries and those in South Asia. Meanwhile, Phuket and Chiang Mai International Airports will be developed to be the regional gateways of country.

AOT Expertise in Airport Operation Management
The AOT management team has accumulated experiences and excellent expertise in airport operation management including airport development planning and airport improvement to meet required international standards and to be able to respond to various clients’ needs. To enhance AOT’s competitive edge in the international arena and to achieve the ambition to set Thailand as an aviation hub in Southeast Asia, AOT has developed the following strategies:

(A) Airport Development for Competitiveness
The commencement of Suvarnabhumi Airport for full commercial operations on September 28, 2006 is a significant strategy in increasing national competitiveness in the world arena. ‘A Gateway to the Golden Land’, Suvarnabhumi Airport is an aviation hub in Southeast Asia that attracts hights from across the globe and leads the way to countries in South and Southeast Asia, linking regional economic development to the world economy. A state-of-the-art international airport, Suvarnabhumi is fully equipped with facilities and highly efficient modern technology as well as has international standard security measures. These services cater to airlines and passengers with total satisfaction. Initially, the airport can accommodate up to 45 million passengers per year. When the airport is developed to its full potential, it will be able to accommodate up to 100 million passengers per year. Mapping out the strategic plans duringthe .scal years 2006-2008 that aims to achieve a 1 out of 10 in the international world-ranking airportswith the highest number of passengers as well as to upgrade airport service quality to the world-class level will enable Suvarnabhumi Airport to compete with other international airports.

(B) Role of Airports in National Logistic System Development
The opening of Suvarnabhumi Airport has significantly contributed to the dynamism that drives forward the national logistic system. With a Free Zone cargo management, freight transportation and cargo management at Suvarnabhumi Airport will be quicker, more convenience and efficiency. As a result, it has boosted growth in cargo transportation through Suvarnabhumi, increasing Thailand’s competitive potential in the air transport industry. For regional airports,AOT will swiftly develop strategies that support logistics and tourism while expanding hight routingnetworks to cover all corners of the globe. AOT will establish Thailand as a logistic hub in air freight to GMS countries and those in South Asia. Meanwhile, Phuket and Chiang Mai International Airports will be developed to be the regional gateways of country.

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