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Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport – Details
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About Suvarnabhumi Airport
Suvarnabhumi was officially opened for limited domestic flight service on 15 September 2006, and opened for most domestic and all international commercial flights on 28 September 2006.
The airport is currently the main hub for Thai Airways International, Thai Smile Airways, and Bangkok Airways. It also serves as regional gateway and connecting point for various foreign carriers.
The airport is on what had formerly been known as Nong Nguhao (Cobra Swamp) in Racha Thewa in Bang Phli, Samut Prakan, about 25 kilometres (16 mi) east of downtown Bangkok. The terminal building was designed by Helmut Jahn of Murphy / Jahn Architects. It was constructed primarily by ITO JV. The airport has the world’s tallest free-standing control tower (132.2 metres or 434 feet) from 2006 to 2014, and the world’s fourth largest single-building airport terminal (563,000 square metres or 6,060,000 square feet).
Suvarnabhumi is the twentieth busiest airport in the world, ninth busiest airport in Asia, and the busiest in the country, having handled 53 million passengers in 2012, and is also a major air cargo hub, with a total of 95 airlines. On social networks, Suvarnabhumi was the world’s most popular site for taking Instagram photographs in 2012.
The airport inherited the airport code, BKK, from Don Mueang after the older airport ceased international commercial flights. The modern Motorway 7 connects the airport, Bangkok, and the heavily industrial eastern seaboard of Thailand, where most export manufacturing takes place.
Duty-free rules when arriving in Thailand
The following goods may be imported into Thailand without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 250g of cigars or tobacco.
• 1L of alcohol.
• Goods to the value of ?10,000.
Prohibited imports include obscene and pornographic objects and publications, goods displaying the Thai national flag, narcotics, counterfeit currency, fake Royal/official seals, and pirated and counterfeit goods.
Restricted imports include drugs, food, weapons and ammunition, antiques and artworks, and endangered species.
Any drug-related offences are severely punished and may result in life imprisonment or even the death penalty.
There are restrictions on the export of illegal drugs and all firearms and ammunition. The export of antiques or artworks requires a certificate of authorisation from the Department of Fine Arts in Thailand.