Thailand airports aim to be a key hub for Asia


Airports of Thailand have announced a plan to become a major air transport hub in Asia.

In 2019 already, AOT welcomed 141 million passengers and around 896,000 flights, while providing service for more than 130 airlines, connecting to 214 destinations around the world through our six major airports in Thailand: Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang International, Phuket International, Chiang Mai International, Hat Yai International and Mae Fah Luang – Chiang Rai International Airport.

The next year will see a milestone for Suvarnabhumi Airport, as the Midfield Satellite 1 (SAT1) will be opened for service in 2021, increasing the airport’s passenger handling capacity from 45 million to 60 million per year. The project also includes a 4-storey building covering 216,000 square metres with 28 aircraft parking bays. SAT-1 connects with the main terminal building by The Automated People Mover (APM) that can carry about 3,500 passengers per hour within 3 minutes. Additionally, AOT is deploying a new baggage handling system called “Individual Carrier System” (ICS), capable of sorting 180 units a minute to serve passenger demand.

2020 is also the year of digital airport transformation of AOT, which is launching “AOT Airports Application” offering airport users real-time information such as flight check, route navigation, and car park reservation.