new airport.

was invited to go see the suvarnabhumi airport. honestly, it just looks like an airport. i don’t understand why they made us go see where the catered meals were prepared or crew cabin buldings are. was more interested in the terminal. and a grand terminal it was.

was giggling during the tour because it was so thai. we have the largest floor area in the world. the tallest air traffic tower in the world.

largest. biggest. tallest. widest. whatever. the only “est” that mattered, i didn’t hear. “best”. i’d settle for best system over everything else.

the road to the airport is insane. it bottle necks. and then they way they designed it, you have to drive around the airport. this is because they want everybody to bask and view in the glory of the airport. it’s so silly. i was getting all hissy fitty at the impracticalness. can’t imagine when it’s fully functioning, how much of a bitch it would be to drive around the fucking thing. they should just make a road that cuts right through to it.

oh man. as a taxpayer, i was breaking a sweat. and the streetlamps. there’s one every meter. every meter! can you imagine! they could have one every ten meters and it’d still be too much. mr. streetlamp company, i know you’re a rich bastard.

there are good parts though.

the short term parking building is set up similar to the way lax is. right in front. looks convenient. that’s a plus. and the other thing that i thought was good was that the bts will pull in right into the novotel there. kinda reminds me of the subway station under the osaka hilton. and that’s one cool subway.

the thing that was most amusing to me was this patriotism, and pride in the workforce at the airport. people were actually proud to be part of it. it really isn’t something you can quantify, as a thai, you do understand it in an abstract way. but was there with a couple of expat analysts from a consulting firm, and i know the pride of ‘what is suvarnabhumi’ isn’t something they can make sense of.

it still makes me shake my head, how people are still trying to build a city around the fucking airport. please. of course the issue’s more complex than the face value, so and so buying land around the airport a few years earlier.


2 Comments so far

  1. KorBua (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 3:29 pm

    The abstract thing doesn’t really work. I just don’t get what they’re trying to do. It looks absolutely ridiculous!

    Oh yes! Was talking a friend working in one low cost airline… he said that the area in don mueng per passenger is 4 squared meter, but it’s only 1.5 squared meter in the new airport. eat me! Think of just how crowded that would be. It stinks!

    The city around airport thing is a really really really extremely bad idea. I just don’t understand why, but I can only come up with one answer… politicians! :P

  2. Bonafide (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 7:27 pm

    I help develop the security systems there and let me tell you… the things they should have done they didn’t do, and things that make sense logically they did. Most frustrating thing ever.

    yeah the road going in makes no fuckin sense…

    and if they only knew all the corrupt shit that went on the delayed suvarnabhumi for 47 years.

    but anyway… nice looking airport… just the systems put in place are going to be so buggy.

    and every country in the world builds there airport away from cities for a reason! so the planes don’t have the avoid the freakin skyscrappers…

    freakin’a anyway… i can on and on about the crap behind that airport.

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