Suvarnabhumi – What’s The Big Deal?
I read the papers today with relief, finding that I am not the only one scratching their head wondering why yesterdays ‘test’ flight is being treated like such an important event. Do people not realise that planes have already been landing there to test it out? Do they really think Thaksin wants to be the test?
When asked by a journalist from BBC News why he had to organise a test flight since the airport wasn’t even open until mid next year (many people expect that date to slip even further), Thaksin got a little upset, as he is wont to do when anyone dares question his logic, and gave one of his long-winded responses that didn’t really say anything other than that it was all a publicity stunt.
I hope it wasn’t at the tax-payers expense.
The Nation has a list of 7 reasons why the new airport should make it into the Guiness Book of Records:
- At 45 years, it’s the worlds longest running project of it’s kind
- It has the worlds tallest control tower. I’ve been up both of Sydney Airport’s control towers and thought they were pretty high, but the new one at Suvarnabhumi airport is absolutely monolithic!
- They have four (4, count ’em) of the largest runways in the world
- (this was a silly one about Thaksin)
There were more but the point is that the new airport is something to be proud of and Thai people are right to feel that way. Now if it would just open…