Bangkok Airport Expansion Delayed

The opening of the Satellite Terminal 1 (SAT1) at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok is reported to be delayed until October 2022 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Main picture concourse design of SAT1 at Suvarnabhumi Airport credit D103 Group

The satellite terminal was originally scheduled to open during 2019/20 but experienced delays as the world closed down last year.

The building works in the terminal have now been completed but the low numbers of passenger numbers not only makes its opening uneconomic at the present time, but also makes testing difficult.

Visualisation of existing terminal and SAT1 at Suvarnabhumi Airport credit D103 Group
Visualisation of SAT1 at Suvarnabhumi Airport credit D103 Group

The airport has become a major hub in Southeast Asia as well as being the primary entry route into Thailand as a whole.

The airport has however been struggling to accommodate increasing passenger numbers for many years. designed to handle 45 million passengers a year, it was seeing 60 million prior to the pandemic.

The construction of the satellite terminal was designed to increase capacity to 65 million passengers a year and is part of a wider programme to eventually increase capacity to 125 million per year.

SAT1 is a four-level concourse building that will accommodate up to 28 aircraft gates, 8 of which are able to serve Airbus A380 aircraft.

Main picture concourse design of SAT1 at Suvarnabhumi Airport credit D103 Group
Visualisation of SAT1 at Suvarnabhumi Airport credit D103 Group

A new underground automated people mover and baggage handling system connects the building to the main terminal.

“The concourse’s contemporary interior is balanced with subtle cultural references that provide a sense of “Thai-ness.” The diamond-patterned ceiling, with its crisscrossing arched ribs infilled with timber-colored slats, recalls Thailand’s traditional silk cloth patterns and regional basket weaving textures. Interior gardens remind travelers of the nation’s tropical landscape while drawing greenery and natural light deep into the concourse.

A simple arched beam and tree column structure supports the concourse’s metal-clad standing seam roof. This is more economical, energy efficient and easier to maintain than the existing terminal’s roof, which is made up of tensile fabric and exposed arched trusses.”

HOK Architects

It is likely that only Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways and Thai Smile will use the new terminal building.

Source: The Nation Thailand

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