After running commercial
services for Bangkok commuters since August of last year, the Airport
Rail Link is scheduled to begin full operations 4th January, 2011.
The State Railway of Thailand, or SRT, has voiced
confidence that the Airport Rail Link project, which transports
travelers and commuters between central Bangkok and the Suvarnabhumi
Airport is ready for full operations beginning 4th January, 2011.
On its first day, a luggage check-in system at
Makkasan city air terminal delivering luggage directly to the airport
will be available for travelers. For those who seek to check in and
transport their luggage to the airport can do so 3 to 13 hours prior to
their boarding time.
During the first stage, however, the service is
available only for express line users, who are flying Thai
International and Bangkok Airways. About rail fares, express line users
will be charged 150 baht for non-stop service from Makkasan terminal to
the Airport and city line users will be charged between 15 and 45 baht
based on distance. The services will be available from 6 AM to midnight
Earlier, Transport Ministry Permanent Secretary
Supoj Sublhom ordered authorities to speed up construction and
equipment installation and have it finished as scheduled by 4th
January, 2011. In a related development, a skywalk connecting Makkasan
terminal to the Petchburi underground Station is under construction and
is expected to be finished Midyear.
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Near Bkk Thailand Airport Rail
Link begins full commercial operations
The Airport Link
connecting downtown Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi airport began its first
day of commercial services on Monday, with trains now running from 6am
to midnight. Transport Minister Sohpon Zarum said the Airport Link can
carry up to 50,000 passengers a day, generating revenue of one million
baht a day. "I believe this rail link will help ease traffic, lower
pollution and make it easier for the public," Mr Sohpon said.
The Airport Link's City
Line will run every 15 minutes and the Express Line every 30 minutes.
Both lines operate from 6am to midnight. The trains have a maximum
speed of 160 kilometres per hour. The City Line will make eight stops
across the capital, starting at Phaya Thai, before heading to the
airport. The trains take 30 minutes from Phaya Thai to Suvarnabhumi.
Passengers using the City Line pay a flat rate of 15 baht for a trip
during the promotion period. Fares will range from 15 baht to 45 baht,
depending on the distance travelled, after Jan 1, 2011.
The Express Line is a
15-minute non-stop journey between Makkasan and Suvarnabhumi and the
fare is 100 baht per trip. However, the fare will be raised to 150 baht
after the check-in system are fully set up at Makkasan station. The
Airport Link's luggage service is not fully set up yet. The State
Railway of Thailand expected it to be operational before the end of
this year. People with many bags may have some difficulties during the
check-in process. The service has been operating on a trial basis since
June 1, attracting about 17,000 people a day travelling for free. The
construction of the project began in June 2004, with the completion
date set for May 2009 for launch in August 2009.
Several factors caused
the long delay, including flood at the construction site, the State
Railway of Thailand's failure to deliver land to contractor and power
supply problems. For further information about Airport Rail Link
service, call the State Railway of Thailand hotline at 1690.
Bangkok Post:Online News, Transport 23/08/2010
Airport Link to Suvarnabhumi Airport will provide 2 Transit options:
A Direct Express
Train that will take 15 minutes from the City Air Terminal
(Makkasan) train station. This service will connect to the
city√Ę‚‚¨‚„Ęs mass transit subway system. Passengers will have the
opportunity of checking in their luggage at the City Air Terminal,
before boarding the express train to Suvarnabhumi airport.
The Commuter Train
will make eight stops throughout the city, taking 30 minutes to travel
the 28 kilometers (17 miles) to the airport and linking with both the
*Subway and **Skytrain systems in Bangkok.
* Subway Link:
Phetchaburi station for MRT (subway) Blue line
** Sky Train:
Phayathai Station for BTS Sukhumvit line.
- Type: Rapid transit
- Proposed Opening: 9
- Line length: 28.6 kilometers
- No. of stations: 8
- Owner: State Railway of Thailand
- Operating speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)