Opening Day Glitches Agitate Passengers at Bangkok's New Airport

People waited hours for their luggage and suffered a chaotic taxi queue.


Suvarnabhumi - a name conferred by the Thai king which means "Golden Land" - lies a little over 30 kilometers (about 20 miles) east of Bangkok in a 563,000-square-meter (6 million-square-foot) H-shaped building.

The new airport is capable of handling 76 flights per hour and 45 million passengers per year.

The military assigned 800 troops to the airport for 90 days to support the transfer and help with troubleshooting. Several army canine units were deployed at the passenger terminal to inspect suspicious packages.

A 28-kilometer (17-mile) rail link under construction will connect the airport with mass transit trains in central Bangkok and is scheduled for completion in November 2007.


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