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In the next 10 years, Thailand could rank as the world’s ninth busiest travel hub welcoming 200 million passengers each year, according to a forecast from the International Air Transport Association. To prepare for the anticipated post-pandemic uptick, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport is extending its east side of the main passenger terminal. The government approved an initial budget of 7.8 billion baht for the East Expansion project with construction expected to start this November for service in March 2025. From the research to develop and level up the capability of the Suvarnabhumi Airport from IATAS and the International Civil Aviation Organisation, […]

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Hmmm I don't know....build a bigger airport for later or support and feed your people through a global pandemic NOW.....?? 

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4 hours ago, Jason said:

Hmmm I don't know....build a bigger airport for later or support and feed your people through a global pandemic NOW.....?? 

Priorities.

You know how that is.

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So as they enact rules that block, and at times, actively chase away visitors they make plans to expand the airport.   If i was more sinister I might think this is a plot to syphon some funds while there are still some left.  

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7 hours ago, Jason said:

Hmmm I don't know....build a bigger airport for later or support and feed your people through a global pandemic NOW.....?? 

Construction projects, if done right, put money in the hands of local workers through jobs. 

So this is feeding and supporting your people - and you get some extra capacity. It's the same idea as a rail project. 

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3 hours ago, vvdb.fr said:

have we forgotten fewer but more qualitative tourists?

Yes, I was wondering if this wasn't assuming the old "volume" tourism wasn't going to continue ;-) 

But "quality tourism" goals may be short term or the definition of "quality" may change (not that I've seen any definition really so far) 

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9 minutes ago, MrNovax said:

So as they enact rules that block, and at times, actively chase away visitors they make plans to expand the airport.   If i was more sinister I might think this is a plot to syphon some funds while there are still some left.  

A 10 year project and short term hassling of "backpackers" aren't necessarily incompatible. This is more space for the business class / quality tourists, maybe? 

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The Suvarnabhumi Airport expansion makes sense.  A bigger World Population and a desire to travel again once the Pandemic is over. One thing to keep an eye on however is that neighboring Cambodia aswell as Vietnam also have massive Expansion Programs with Cambodia in the center of the SEA States. The new Phom Penh Airport Once completed, it will be the ninth largest airport in the world and designated as a 4F class airport could eventually steal a substantial chunk out of BKK Airport if the Landing Fees are lower and the Infrastructure to Phnom Penh and neighboring Countries like Vietnam and Thailand is finalized. All of that is currently in the works. Cambodia even plans a high speed Rail connection. In Vietnam the new Long Thanh Airport in Saigon is under construction and therebye the 2. intl. Airport in Saigon. In my opinion the substantial lower prices in general could change the Travel Landscape in the next 10 years.

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Vietnam : https://futuresoutheastasia.com/long-thanh-international-airport/

Cambodia : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Techo–Ta_Khmau_International_Airport

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22 hours ago, Vince said:

A 10 year project and short term hassling of "backpackers" aren't necessarily incompatible. This is more space for the business class / quality tourists, maybe? 

The previously mentioned hurdles apply to the "business class" travelers as well.  

 

22 hours ago, Vince said:

Construction projects, if done right, put money in the hands of local workers through jobs. 

 

Putting money in the hands of local workers through an ill conceived project doesnt benefit anyone in the long run.  economies grow through proper investment, increased means of production, and useful economic output.  otherwise the government could pay people to dig random holes in the ground to spur the economy.  

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9 minutes ago, MrNovax said:

The previously mentioned hurdles apply to the "business class" travelers as well.  

Putting money in the hands of local workers through an ill conceived project doesnt benefit anyone in the long run.  economies grow through proper investment, increased means of production, and useful economic output.  otherwise the government could pay people to dig random holes in the ground to spur the economy.  

Digging holes in the ground is exactly what governments pay people to do - especially to stimulate economies. 

The US handed out "stimulus checks" and extended unemployment benefits - money for nothing. 

If they had paid them to work on a rail project or dam at least they would have had a railroad to show for their debt. 

An airport expansion is no different from a railroad or dam project - It creates jobs and spurs local spending (assuming you don't import foreign labor for all the jobs as Laos did from China for its high speed rail). 

 

 

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43 minutes ago, Vince said:

Digging holes in the ground is exactly what governments pay people to do - especially to stimulate economies. 

The US handed out "stimulus checks" and extended unemployment benefits - money for nothing. 

If they had paid them to work on a rail project or dam at least they would have had a railroad to show for their debt. 

An airport expansion is no different from a railroad or dam project - It creates jobs and spurs local spending (assuming you don't import foreign labor for all the jobs as Laos did from China for its high speed rail). 

Check the Laos rail project again. Engineers only. That wont be in the Western press.

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1 hour ago, MrNovax said:

The previously mentioned hurdles apply to the "business class" travelers as well.  

Putting money in the hands of local workers through an ill conceived project doesnt benefit anyone in the long run.  economies grow through proper investment, increased means of production, and useful economic output.  otherwise the government could pay people to dig random holes in the ground to spur the economy.  

You must be thinking of somewhere else, as that's not how it works here.

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1 minute ago, Poolie said:

Check the Laos rail project again. Engineers only. That wont be in the Western press.

I read that Laos workers refused to work without pay - there being financing issues - and were replaced with Chinese workers. 

Chinese workers - having been paid in a lump sum in advance - didn't have pay issues and completed the work. 

The percentage I don't recall. But from a Laos benefit point of view any Chinese labor Laos could have done was a loss to the Lao economy. 

 

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2 hours ago, Vince said:

Digging holes in the ground is exactly what governments pay people to do - especially to stimulate economies. 

The US handed out "stimulus checks" and extended unemployment benefits - money for nothing. 

If they had paid them to work on a rail project or dam at least they would have had a railroad to show for their debt. 

An airport expansion is no different from a railroad or dam project - It creates jobs and spurs local spending (assuming you don't import foreign labor for all the jobs as Laos did from China for its high speed rail). 

Agree the USA wastes tons of money to buy votes.  

The airport expansion is useful only if it is used.  we are two years into "the pandemic" and Thailand shows no signs of easing up on travel restrictions.  An unused terminal in the airport is as good as a hole in the ground.  

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4 minutes ago, MrNovax said:

Agree the USA wastes tons of money to buy votes.  

The airport expansion is useful only if it is used.  we are two years into "the pandemic" and Thailand shows no signs of easing up on travel restrictions.  An unused terminal in the airport is as good as a hole in the ground.  

Here's a fun example with all the economics explained: 

 

 

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7 hours ago, Vince said:

Here's a fun example with all the economics explained: 

Corporatism style....

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