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Checking in at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport is about to get a bit weirder, not mention more unlucky. How is this possible, you ask? Well, airport management has decided to move twelve "demon statues" from the arrivals area to the check-in area.
Officially, the airport says they are moving the statues so that passengers can "appreciate the statues' beauty". But the real reason behind the movewhich will cost them around $50,000 and take three monthsis that shopkeepers in the arrivals area blame the statues for the bad luck which has plagued them since the airport opened, including the protests which closed the airport for more than a week last year.
So if you end up unlucky at the check-in counter, like with no good seats left on the plane or an excess baggage charge, then at least you will know that you can blame those demon statues for it.
Air travel in Bangkok needs some good news after all the disasters with their new Suvarnabhumi Airport. The news is that the fast Skytrain Airport Link is, uh, on track to open by December this year, making life a whole lot easier for anyone trying to get to the airport.
The airport-bound Skytrain will connect Suvarnabhumi with the almost-built City Air Terminal. The new building will have full check-in facilities where passengers will get boarding cards and check their baggage, then board a train to the airport with their baggage being loaded separately.
Fifteen minutes later, you'll be out of the city and in the airport, already checked in and ready to wait around for your boarding call. It sounds almost too relaxing to be true, so we'll wait until December to see how it holds up in reality.
What's the dumbest thing to do with a plane when you've got VIPs and journalists on board one of its maiden flights? Crash. But that's kinda what the crew managed to do at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport over the weekend.
"Crash" could be taking things a bit too far, but scraping the tip of your aircraft's wing against a building doesn't give a good impression either. The plane sustained only minor damage and was able to fly four hours later, and the "Asian roadshow" of the A380 is continuing. Hopefully with pilots who didn't get their training at LAX.
[Photo: Ian Fuller]
Just over a week ago tanks rolled through Bangkok and deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. While the International community is still sorting out all the coup implications, what we need to know is, if you have a trip planned to Thailand in the near future, can you still fly to Thailand?
Well, as far as we know all airlines are operating on a normal schedule in and out of Don Muang airport. Furthermore, ousted PM Thaksin's pet project, the oft delayed Suvarnabhumi Airport is scheduled to open as scheduled tomorrow.
This $3.8 billion project, first conceived in 1960 (yeah), has a longer and shadier history than Boston's Big Dig. Kick backs, protests, and many, many delays.
The 45 year long project easily sets the record for the longest airport project ever.
A 17-mile Airport Link under construction will include a 15-minute express train to downtown Bangkok, and another train that will make multiple stops to the city, taking 30 minutes to the airport. It is scheduled for completion in November 2007--we shall see.
Bangkok's new airport opens after coup [Boston.com]
Thai Air at Suvarnabhumi Airport [Thai Air]