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‘Bangkok Airport’ Episode One — Available on YouTube

Embedded above and on YouTube here: The first episode of the series I mentioned last week.

It does not disappoint.

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‘Bangkok Airport’ — Trailer for New Show Coming to BBC Three

Given my many previous posts about Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point this out.

Embedded above and on YouTube here: A trailer for “Bangkok Airport,” a series of six hour-long shows about the facility and the people who work there and pass through it.

It looks…quite entertaining.

Thailand Uber-blogger Richard Barrow has more, and says the show begins Jan. 22.

Additional details from a BBC press release:

Bangkok Airport (w/t) – 6 x 60 minutes

Bangkok airport, the gateway to South-East Asia, is a thriving, bustling hub of excitement and anticipation, of pale arrivals to tanned departures and everything in between. BBC Three has gained unparalleled access to all aspects of the airport in this thrilling six-part series which sees young Brits passing through to embark on adventures of a lifetime. Each episode follows some of the thousands of youth British travellers checking in and checking out, run-ins with the tourist police, incidents in immigration, customs, treatment at the on-site medical centre, missed flights, expired passports and emergencies abroad. The action takes place inside and occasionally outside the airport – at island trouble spots and the British Embassy in downtown Bangkok. And in a unique twist, contributors’ UGC (user generated content) will be used alongside fly-on-the-wall docusoap content. Bangkok Airport is made by Keo Films. It is series produced by Fiona Inskip and executive produced by Paula Trafford. BBC commissioning editor is Sam Bickley.


Thai Airways Plane Veers Off Suvarnabhumi Runway; 13 Injured

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  • Happened late last night (Sunday night), Bangkok Post reports.
  • Flight TG679, from Guangzhou.
  • Nose gear collapsed; plane slid off runway
  • At least 13 injured
  • Delays expected today (Monday) at Suvarnabhumi airport

The Bangkok Post reports:

A Thai Airways International flight from China veered off the runway as it arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport Sunday, and the airline said at least 13 people were injured in the rough landing.

Authorities at the airport said they could not clear the accident, and flight delays were likely Monday.


THAI president Sorajak Kasemsuvan said the airline had not moved the aircraft from the runway, which was blocked as of Monday morning. There was no need to switch flights to Don Mueang airport, as Suvarnabhumi could manage the situation.

However, some delays are expected for both inbound and outbound flights using the airport on Monday, he said.

The Nation has a story and some photos.

For more, you can see the Thai Airways Twitter feed:

And Richard Barrow has also been Tweeting some images and other information.

Note that Thai Airways says 14 were injured; Bangkok Post says “at least 13”; Nation says 13.


Self-Promotion: New WSJ Southeast Asia Real Time Story on Runway Repairs at Suvarnabhumi

The story is here, and begins:

Runway repairs at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi international airport are causing flight delays, and a global airline association says carriers and passengers could be significantly affected in the weeks ahead.


AOT Expanding Suvarnabhumi by One Third

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As if there weren’t enough happening here in Thailand at the moment…

Here’s an announcement that will be welcome news to travelers:

The AOT says it’s expanding Suvarnabhumi international airport by one third.

Reuters reports:

Airports of Thailand Pcl is to spend about $1.9 billion over the next five years to expand capacity at Bangkok’s overcrowded Suvarnabhumi airport by a third, its president said on Wednesday.

AOT AOT.BK, which runs the country’s six main airports, aims to boost capacity at Suvarnabhumi by 15 million to serve up to 60 million passengers in 2017, Anirut Thanomkulbutra told reporters.

The $4 billion airport, which opened in September 2006 on what was once flooded marshland known as “cobra swamp”, is expected to serve about 51 million passengers in AOT’s fiscal year ending in September 2012, up from 48 million a year earlier and above annual capacity put at 45 million now, Anirut said.

Construction is due to begin in 2015.

The Nation has more details.

For what it’s worth: I understand that Suvarnabhumi’s immigration system has been streamlined recently, and that lines are much shorter now.

(Image: Wikipedia.)