November 01, 2011 00:00 By The Nation 19,391 Viewed
Suvarnabhumi Airport places high confidence in its flood-prevention scheme, with the 3.5-metre-high and 37-metre wide earthern dyke and sheet piles to slow the currents as well as other preventive measures.
Airports of Thailand Senior Executive Vice President Somchai Sawasdeepon said that the airport also has a team of officers to monitor water levels at six flood gates including Lat Krabang, Saen Saeb and Samrong. Airlines operating at the airport are notified of water level every three hours, to ensure smooth aviation operations in Thailand despite the flooding in Don Mueang Airport.
Yesterday, the airport accommodated 945 flights, a new daily record since the opening.
Somchai yesterday briefed Japanese experts, brought in by Japan International Credit Agency which funded the airport's construction, on the preparation steps. JICA's experts were informed about the airport's cooperation with all related agencies like the Highways Department and the Royal Irrigation Department.
The team of Japanese experts also received a briefing from the Flood Relief Operations Centre as well as Bangkok Metro Plc, the subway operator.