Suvarnabhumi Airport (meaning 'Golden Land'), also known as (New) Bangkok International Airport, is an international airport serving Bangkok, Thailand. It was officially opened for limited domestic flight service on 15th September 2006, and opened for most domestic and all international commercial flights on 28th September 2006.
The airport is currently the main hub for Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, Orient Thai Airlines, Thai AirAsia and will be a hub for the new Thai Tiger Airways.
The airport is located in Racha Thewa in Bang Phli district, Samut Prakan Province, about 25 kilometres (16 miles) east of downtown Bangkok. The name Suvarnabhumi was chosen by King Bhumibol Adulyadej and refers to the golden kingdom hypothesised to have been located somewhere in Southeast Asia.
Designed by Helmut Jahn of Murphy/Jahn Architects, the airport has the world's tallest control tower (132.2 metres / 434 feet), and the world's third largest single-building airport terminal (563,000 square metres / 6,060,000 square feet).
Suvarnabhumi is the 5th busiest airport in Asia, having handled 40.5 million passengers in 2009, and is also a major air cargo hub. The airport inherited the airport code BKK from Don Mueang after the older airport ceased international commercial flights. A modern motorway connects the airport, Bangkok, and the heavily industrial Eastern Seaboard of Thailand, where most of the manufacturing for export takes place.
Facts about flying to Bangkok
It takes approximately 12 hours to fly to Bangkok from the UK.
The IATA airport code for Bangkok Airport is BKK. This will appear on your ticket.
The average temperature of Bangkok in May is 31°C.
Airlines that fly to Bangkok include Flybe, KLM, British Airways, bmi, Virgin Atlantic, Qantas, Singapore Airlines - and you can book them all at discounted prices with us.