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BANGKOK, Aug 23, 2010 -- After long delays in construction and several test runs, Suvarnabhumi Airport's Link begins commercial services Monday (23rd August, 2010) with special discount fares offered until the end of 2010, shortening travel times for inbound and outbound air travellers as well as easing arrivals and departures compared to existing airport transport(MCOT online news).

The key airport link contract was signed in January 2005, and construction began in July 2005. The line is built by a consortium of B Grimm, STECON and Siemens, and is owned and operated by State Railway of Thailand (SRT). The estimated cost of the project is 25.9 billion baht.For further information about Airport Rail Link service, call the State Railway of Thailand hotline at 1690.


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Airport Rail - Full Operation on 4th January, 2011

After running commercial services for Bangkok commuters since August of last year, the Airport Rail Link is scheduled to begin full operations 4th January, 2011.

The State Railway of Thailand, or SRT, has voiced confidence that the Airport Rail Link project, which transports travelers and commuters between central Bangkok and the Suvarnabhumi Airport is ready for full operations beginning 4th January, 2011.

On its first day, a luggage check-in system at Makkasan city air terminal delivering luggage directly to the airport will be available for travelers. For those who seek to check in and transport their luggage to the airport can do so 3 to 13 hours prior to their boarding time.

During the first stage, however, the service is available only for express line users, who are flying Thai International and Bangkok Airways. About rail fares, express line users will be charged 150 baht for non-stop service from Makkasan terminal to the Airport and city line users will be charged between 15 and 45 baht based on distance. The services will be available from 6 AM to midnight everyday.

Earlier, Transport Ministry Permanent Secretary Supoj Sublhom ordered authorities to speed up construction and equipment installation and have it finished as scheduled by 4th January, 2011. In a related development, a skywalk connecting Makkasan terminal to the Petchburi underground Station is under construction and is expected to be finished Midyear.

Source: Thai Asean News Network

BANGKOK, August 23rd, 2010

Near Bkk Thailand Airport Rail Link begins full commercial operations
The Airport Link connecting downtown Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi airport began its first day of commercial services on Monday, with trains now running from 6am to midnight. Transport Minister Sohpon Zarum said the Airport Link can carry up to 50,000 passengers a day, generating revenue of one million baht a day. "I believe this rail link will help ease traffic, lower pollution and make it easier for the public," Mr Sohpon said.
The Airport Link's City Line will run every 15 minutes and the Express Line every 30 minutes. Both lines operate from 6am to midnight. The trains have a maximum speed of 160 kilometres per hour. The City Line will make eight stops across the capital, starting at Phaya Thai, before heading to the airport. The trains take 30 minutes from Phaya Thai to Suvarnabhumi. Passengers using the City Line pay a flat rate of 15 baht for a trip during the promotion period. Fares will range from 15 baht to 45 baht, depending on the distance travelled, after Jan 1, 2011.
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The Express Line is a 15-minute non-stop journey between Makkasan and Suvarnabhumi and the fare is 100 baht per trip. However, the fare will be raised to 150 baht after the check-in system are fully set up at Makkasan station. The Airport Link's luggage service is not fully set up yet. The State Railway of Thailand expected it to be operational before the end of this year. People with many bags may have some difficulties during the check-in process. The service has been operating on a trial basis since June 1, attracting about 17,000 people a day travelling for free. The construction of the project began in June 2004, with the completion date set for May 2009 for launch in August 2009.
Several factors caused the long delay, including flood at the construction site, the State Railway of Thailand's failure to deliver land to contractor and power supply problems. For further information about Airport Rail Link service, call the State Railway of Thailand hotline at 1690.

Source: Bangkok Post:Online News, Transport 23/08/2010


The Airport Link to Suvarnabhumi Airport will provide 2 Transit options:

A Direct Express Train that will take 15 minutes from the City Air Terminal (Makkasan) train station. This service will connect to the city√Ę‚‚¨‚„Ęs mass transit subway system. Passengers will have the opportunity of checking in their luggage at the City Air Terminal, before boarding the express train to Suvarnabhumi airport.

The Commuter Train will make eight stops throughout the city, taking 30 minutes to travel the 28 kilometers (17 miles) to the airport and linking with both the *Subway and **Skytrain systems in Bangkok.

* Subway Link:
Phetchaburi station for MRT (subway) Blue line
** Sky Train:
Phayathai Station for BTS Sukhumvit line.

Fact File

  • Type: Rapid transit
  • Proposed Opening: 9
  • Line length: 28.6 kilometers
  • No. of stations: 8
  • Owner: State Railway of Thailand
  • Operating speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)


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