Don Mueang Airport To Be Flood-Free This Year
BANGKOK, Sept 11 – Don Mueang Airport, one of Bangkok’s two international airports which were badly damaged by floods last year, will definitely stay dry this year, according to a high-ranking airport official.
Acting Flying Officer Anirut Thanomkulbutra, president of Airports of Thailand (AoT), said the agency is working closely with the Royal Thai Air Force to build flood prevention barriers around the airport.
Construction will be completed later this month, he said, adding that AoT has improved the efficiency of water pumps to drain water out of the airport at one million cubic metres per day while the swamp in the airport compound has been dredged to hold one million cubic metres of water.
He said the AoT will coordinate with the Rural Highways Department, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the State Railway of Thailand in mapping out more detailed and careful preparations for efficient prevention of floods.
Don Mueang Airport was closed for months after the massive water runoff from the North completely covered it, compelling all Don Mueang-based airlines, mainly budget carriers, to move to Suvarnabhumi Airport.