Thursday, March 22, 2007

Don't get confused - Bangkok Airports

Don Muang Airport opens again on Sunday, March 25, 2007.

After the opening of the new Suvarnabhumi airport in September 2006, rushed by the old Thaksin administration, problems never ended. Now the new Suvarnabhumi airport already needs some repairs. To easen up the pressure the government decided to re-open the old Don Muang airport for some domestic flights.

Here is a short guide:

Suvarnabhumi airport:

  • All international flights
  • domestic flights by Thai airways with a 3 digit flight number to and from Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Krabi and Phuket

Don Muang:

  • All flights by Nok Air
  • All flights by One-Two-Go
  • Thai Airways domestic flights to and from Hat Yai, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, Ubon Ratchathani, Surat Thani and Phitsanulok
  • All flights by Thai Airways with 4 digit flight numbers to and from Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Krabi and Phuket

So check your ticket for the flight number and cout the digits before leaving for the airport in Bangkok to make sure you end up at the right one.

The government did not rule out that in furture some International flights mights also go to Don Muang airport.

For this is good news. I always loved the direct connection of the old airport with the train station just across the road. Coming from Nongkhai by night train I could store my luggage at the train station which is much cheaper than at the airport (or better forward it by train), spend a few hours in Bangkok and be back for my late evening flights. Flying from the nearest airport (Udon Thani) safes some time, but not much. If you take into account that you wait for the limousine service Nongkhai - Udon Thani, 1 hour drive, wait for check-in to start, check-in and the one hour flight, you easily neeed 3 - 4 hours. The train takes 12 hours, but you get a bed to sleep in. And it is much cheaper after the tax rise and high oil prices.

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