Starting on March 29, 2009 Thai Airways International will operate all domestic and international flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport. Thai Airways will move a total of 23 domestic flights from Don Mueang Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport.
By shifting all flights to Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thai Airways will achieve a strategic objective of promoting the airport as a major THAI and Star Alliance hub. The move will enable Thai Airways to develop network of operations, improve handling efficiency and reduce operating costs. It will also increase convenience for passengers and cargo shippers, not only for Thai Airways flights, but also for those of other Star Alliance member airlines operating to and through Bangkok.
Connecting times between domestic and international flights will be one to two hours less than previous minimum connecting time required for passenger transiting through Don Muang to Suvarnabhumi.
To handle the increased number of passengers, Thai Airways will provide more check in counters for domestic passengers, counter B for premium/business class passengers and counter C for economy class passengers. Thai Airways will also extend its lounge areas at concourse A by 300 square meters.
Customers will also have access to a larger range of improved facilities, including, high-speed train services between Suvarnabhumi and Bangkok city center, scheduled to open in August 2009.