Members of the Thai Airways International union have voiced their opposition to plans outlined by Airports of Thailand (AOT) to make the current domestic
Aviation industry representatives are in support of the union, arguing that if the airport was to be made international, airlines would have to spend more to operate at both
Having once been an international airport, AOT has been pushing for Don Mueang to once again take international flights because
Orient Thai Airlines chief executive, Udom Tantiprasongchai, has said that the government should instead find other alternatives to the capacity issue rather than moving back and forth from each airport.
"It will destroy the whole industry," said Tantiprasongchai.
A third runway and additional terminal has been proposed for Suvarnabhumi, approximately boosting annual capacity to from 45million to 60 million passengers. However, should the extensions go ahead, they would not be completed until 2013, and the renovations would end up costing Bt67 billion and the AOT has an annual cash flow of Bt14 billion.
AOT senior official, Kalaya Phakakrong, has also argued that having Don Mueang operate international flights would allow for more low-cost airlines, increasing Don Mueang passengers from seven million to 10 million a year.
AOT will make its final decision on Don Mueang's status in the next two weeks.