Suvarnabhumi Internationl Airport
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, IATA code BKK, is the main airport in Thailand and one of the most important in Southeast Asia. The airport is located 30 km east off Bangkok in Racha Thewa sub-district, Tambon Racha Thewa in Thai, which makes part of Bang Phli district, Amphoe Bang Phli, in Samut Prakan province. One of the largest in the world, Suvarnabhumi is a modern and efficient airport with an elegant and refined design. It consists of only one terminal which is extremely large and is possibly the largest in the world, too. Noteworthy is also an impressive 132-metre tall - the tallest in the world - control tower that dominates its landscape. Suvarnabhumi Airport began operations in September 2006. Initially, until March 24, 2007, all domestic and international flights to Bangkok landed at Suvarnabhumi; later, for purely logistical reasons, many domestic flights and some low-cost international ones were moved back to Don Mueang. Currently almost all international and domestic flights operated by the national carrier Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways and Thai Smile and some domestic flights of Thai Air Asia land at Suvarnabhumi.
In comparison to Don Mueang, its location, just 30 kilometres east off downtown Bangkok, provides an easier access both to the capital of Thailand and many tourist destinations around the country. Suvarnabhumi Airport is situated close to three Express Ways, that allow, thanks to an excellent road network, a rapid connection to the provinces in the east, north, north-east and south of Thailand, avoiding the congested traffic of Bangkok. The connection to the capital is fast whether you opt for taxi or public transport service; the latter is cheap and easy to use especially when it comes to the three new metro surface lines: Phaya Thai Express, Line Makkasan Express Line and City Line. Some airport numbers: Suvarnabhumi receives 45 million passengers a year, with peaks of 76 flights per hour, it has 130 arrivals and 72 departures passport checkpoints, 26 arrivals and 8 departures customs checkpoints, 22 baggage conveyor belts, 360 check-in desks plus other 100 additional counters for passengers without luggage, 107 treadmills, 102 lifts, 83 elevators. There are also 10 information service counters in the terminal, located in the departures hall on the 4th floor, Gate 3-5-6, and the arrivals hall on the 2nd floor, Gate 3-4-7-8. The lost baggage desk is situated in the departures hall on the 4th floor, Gate 5-6, email: email@example.com. The checkpoint for VAT refunds, with information on customs procedures, is in the departures hall, on the 4th floor, Gate 10.