Airports of Thailand Plc (AOT) has unveiled an ambitious six-year expansion plan for Don Mueang Airport, approved by the Cabinet. The plan aims to develop the airport’s third phase, with an estimated investment of 36.83 billion baht. The project is currently in the design phase and is expected to open for bidding in 2024, with construction commencing in 2025 and the new facilities becoming operational by 2029.
The key objectives of the development plan include expanding the airport’s capacity, enhancing service quality, improving efficiency, and reducing congestion. To accommodate an additional 50 million passengers per year, a third passenger terminal will be constructed, providing 160,000 square meters of space for international passengers. The existing terminals will be renovated to serve domestic passengers, transforming Don Mueang Airport into a fully equipped domestic aviation center.
The development plan will be divided into six segments, including the construction of Passenger Terminal 3, the expansion of the northern concourse, and the development of operational zones and aircraft parking bays. The airport authority also aims to enhance passenger services by implementing self-check-in kiosks, common-use bag drop machines, and an automatic return tray system for baggage.
Current estimates suggest a gradual recovery in passenger numbers, with AOT anticipating 95 million passengers by the end of this year and projecting a growth to 200 million by 2027. These projections align with IATA’s forecast of a return to pre-Covid levels of global travel from 2023-2024.