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The Airport Rail Link or ARL, provides service to Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK). While all stations of the ARL are wheelchair accessible, the level of accessibility at each station varies. Users of power wheelchairs should NOT attempt to utilize the ARL to or from its Phaya Thai terminus station. The gap present between the platform and train at this station could cause power wheelchairs to become damaged or stuck.
Manual wheelchairs can clear this gap with the assistance of station personnel who are happy to help. Manual wheelchair users should NOT attempt to transfer from the BTS to ARL at Phaya Thai station as there is no elevator from the BTS platform to mezzanine. The only wheelchair accessible connection point from another transit line to the ARL is at the MRT Phetchaburi station which connects to the ARL Makkasan station.Source: Wheelchairtravel.org
NEWS UPDATE... August , 2016
BANGKOK, 5 November 2014 (NNT) â€“ M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra, Bangkok Governor, has signed a Bangkok regulation which prohibits sale and floating of krathong lanterns in Bangkok on Loy Krathong Day, November 6, during 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. next morning in order to prevent public hazard caused by the fired lantern. Those who do not abide by the regulation will be imprisoned up to three months or fined not exceeding 6,000 baht or both.
The regulation is enacted in line with the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Act B.E.2550. The lantern floating is one of the most popular activities on Loy Krathong Day every year. However, fire in the lantern can be dangerous to life and property of both participants and communities around the event. Significantly, Bangkok is the area where numerous important places are located such as the Grand Palace, ancient remains, temples, and government offices. These places are sensitive to such a danger.
Moreover, Bangkok has declared thirteen districts around Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports as safety zones for aviation. Therefore, no floating lanterns should be lit up in these districts. Six of them are Prawet, Nong Chok, Suan Luang, Min Buri, Khlong Sam Wa and Lat Krabang, all of which are around Suvarnabhumi Airport. The rest are the districts of Don Mueang, Bang Khen, Bang Sue, Lat Phrao, Dusit, Phaya Thai and Chatuchak located around Don Mueang Airport.
BANGKOK, 4 November 2014: A cycle lane that loops around Thailandâ€™s main gateway, Suvarnabhumi Airport, has been listed as one of the five best airport bike paths in the world by CNN Travel.
CNN Travel writer Peter Walker listed the bike lane that encircles Suvarnabhumi Airport in a 23-km loop along with those at Kastrup Airport in Copenhagen, Denmark, Lanzarote Airport on the Canary Islands, Spain, Vancouver International Airport in Canada, and Manchester Airport in the UK.
Walker based his inclusion of Suvarnabhumi Airportâ€™s bike track with a hyperlink to a news article published by the Bangkok-based travel trade publication, TTR Weekly, titled â€˜Suvarnabhumi opens bike trackâ€™ that described the facility as â€œfast becoming a Mecca for leisure cyclistsâ€.
Suvarnabhumi Airport opened its exclusively-designed bike path, which runs along the flood-prevention barrier circling the airport in February 2014 to serve 300 to 500 cyclists who were already biking around the airport. Open daily from 0600 to 1800 the green-painted road surface is covered with a para-rubber coating to prevent slips and handle all weather conditions.
Thailandâ€™s finance minister Prajin Juntong is considering to open up the duty-free market to more operators at five airports in the country stating that several operators, including many major department stores, have expressed an interest in running duty-free concessions at airports.
King Power is the countryâ€™â€™s largest duty-free retailer operating at the sole concession at the airports overseen by the Airports of Thailand. Juntong aims to allow more duty-free retailers to operate at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hat Yai airports, according to the Bangkok Post. The contracts awarded by operator Airports of Thailand last 10 years and can be renewed for another four years.
Juntong is set to take the matter to the National Council for Peace and Orderâ€™s economic division, for which he is a chairman, and aims to set up a committee on the subject. The report suggested that Airports of Thailand is open to Juntongâ€™s proposal and would stand to benefit.
The management of the Airport Rail Link asserts it is in the process of asking the State Railway Authority for additional budget for improving Makasan station and encouraging more people to use its service. Phirakan Kaewwongwatthana, president of Airport Rail Link, on Wednesday inspected services offered at Makasan airport link station in Bangkok, and saw to proper functioning of the newly-installed fans at the terminals. The fans had been installed to ease passengers' discomfort from the intense summer heat.
Mr. Phirakan said he is asking the State Railway Authority, the Airport Rail Link's parent organization, for budget to improve the scenery around the Makasan station. He further revealed that more lanes will be opened to facilitate auto traffic in and out of the station, bringing the total lanes to 4.
Mr. Phirakan added his agency is discussing with the Airports of Thailand to put up counters promoting the rail link at Suvarnabhumi airport, to encourage foreign tourists to use the service. An OTOP products exhibition will also be held at Makasan station at the end of June, to give the station more public exposure. The number of users of the Airport Rail Link has been rising steadily. At present, about 50,000 people use it daily.