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A model of the new terminal at Suvarnabhumi International Airport

The State-owned company Airports of Thailand (AoT) is preparing to launch a new terminal at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

During the trial run, airport representatives conducted full-scale testing using 180 passenger and luggage models to test various systems and operations, including aircraft servicing, passenger transfers, baggage handling, and cargo services. The tests were conducted with the support of Thai Airways, which provided its flight attendants and aircraft for training.

The "soft-opening" period will run from September 28th to October 28th, during which the new terminal will be available for use by three airlines: Thai AirAsia X, VietJet Air, and Emirates.
It is expected that the new terminal will commence full operation by December 2023, helping to reduce the congestion of the main terminal.
The new SAT-1 terminal is designed to serve 15 million passengers per year, increasing Suvarnabhumi Airport's capacity by approximately 33% and allowing it to accommodate up to 60 million passengers annually.
The four-story SAT-1 terminal building covers a total area of 216,000 square meters, with an automated people mover (APM) system on two underground levels to transport passengers from the new terminal to the existing one.
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