As the opening date for Bangkok's new airport nears, preparations are being finalised for one of the largest logistical operations in global aviation history moving millions of tonnes of aircraft and equipment from Don Muang to Suvarnabhumi within roughly 12 hours. Jetstar has elected to move to this brand new airport on 15th September 2006, to ensure a smooth transition ahead of other airlines. Suvarnabhumi Airport is the new international airport for Bangkok. All airlines must move to this new airport by 28th September 2006. There have been a number of recent airport moves in the Asia-Pacific: Seoul, Hong Kong airport, Nagoya and Kuala Lumpur airport - but none involved the volume of equipment in an airport the size of Don Muang, believed to be the largest in the Asia-Pacific in terms of aircraft movement.
Bangkok Airways announced it will take off at the Suvarnabhumi Airport from September 21st onwards – a week prior to the official opening of the mega airport on September 28th. This first phase of the Boutique Airline’s operation will include flights to and from Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Samui, Jinghong (Xixuangbanna), and Shenzhen. For more information visit: Bangkok Airways.
There have been a number of recent airport moves in the Asia-Pacific: Seoul, Hong Kong airport, Nagoya and Kuala Lumpur airport - but none involved the volume of equipment in an airport the size of Don Muang, believed to be the largest in the Asia-Pacific in terms of aircraft movement. the relocation involved a military-style logistical exercise that began with an inventory and analysis of the total volume of equipment, a plan to identify where it would be loaded and unloaded, as well as transport routes and potential bottlenecks.
Five business units, including catering and cargo, plus the operations centre, will have to transferred. At stake are thousands of tools, spare parts, engines, cargo containers, pallets, loading/unloading equipment, kitchenware, cranes, forklifts, cabin items, IT hardware, aircraft-moving vehicles, and more.
These have been classified into eight "packaging" units and will be transported via 2,928 trips between the two airports, mostly by 10-wheel trucks.