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Suvarnabhumi Airport Phase 2 Ready For Take-Off April 2022

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Suvarnabhumi Airport Phase 2 Ready For Take-Off April 2022

Airports of Thailand (AOT) announced on Monday that Suvarnabhumi Airport Phase 2 is more than 95% complete and will be operational by April 2022.

AOT president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn told reporters on Monday Satellite Terminal 1 (SAT-1) will service 28 aprons boosting Suvarnabhumi’s capacity by about 15 million passengers per annum.

The APM [Automated People Mover] system that will link SAT-1 with the main airport terminal is 71% complete with two out of the six trains delivered with a further four expected to arrive by late October.

Tests will be conducted once the lines are finished and the additional trains arrive with a completion date estimated to be April 2021.

The APM can shuttle up to 6,000 passengers per hour between the main terminal and SAT-1.

Meanwhile, the Individual Carrier System (ICS) and baggage carousels are about 75 per cent complete. A final readiness test on SAT-1 and its systems will take approximately 12 months.

Construction work on the airline office building and the eastern car park are expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

Nitinai said construction had been delayed due to Covid-19, resulting in a lack of labour and the inability to import parts and materials pushing back an earlier opening of the new facility.

SAT-1 is part of a 62 billion baht plan to expand the airport that was approved in 2011.

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KOH SAMUI: French Woman Tests Positive For Covid-19 After Doing 14 Day Quarantine

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French Woman Tests Positive For Covid-19 After Doing 14 Day Quarantine

The Ministry of Public Health have confirmed this afternoon that a 57-year-old French woman has tested positive for Covid-19 on Koh Samui.

The woman arrived in Thailand on September 30th from France and went into mandatory 14-day quarantine in Bangkok where she tested negative 3 times during this period.

On October 15 she left quarantine, visited the French Embassy before flying to Koh Samui with her family on Bangkok Airways flight PG167.

Two days later she developed a cough and fever then on Tuesday she went to Bangkok Hospital Samui for testing.

Both her first test on Wednesday, then a second on Thursday came back positive. Her husband and child both tested negative.

The three family members have been kept in hospital for quarantine and observation.

Friends and others all three came into contact with have been tested and are awaiting the results later today.

This is the third “local” case in almost five months with the previous two being a prisoner and the footballer from Uzbekistan. There were no further cases or contaminations for either one.

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Billionaire Heir Police Captain Kills Meatball Vendor, Flees The Scene

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Police Captain Kills Meatball Vendor

A police captain reported to be the heir to a billion-dollar property company fled the scene of a fatal car accident in the early hours of Thursday morning leaving a meatball vendor dead on the road.

According to an eyewitness, the meatball vendor was on the way home in the Pattanakarn area of Bangkok when the police captain crashed a BMW into him in the middle of the road at around 4am.

At the height of the confusion and commotion after the crash, Pol. Capt. Akarawin “Jimmy” Taechaubol fled the scene after being picked up by his driver who was following behind in a minivan, leaving a confused 25-year-old woman in her car he’d been driving.

The woman, who was in a state of inebriation, said she met the policeman in a pub and he offered to drive her home since she was too drunk to get behind the wheel.

Several hours after the accident, Pol. Capt. Akarawin contacted Klong Tan Police Station stating he would surrender himself.

Sometime later he showed up and surrendered. He underwent alcohol and drug tests with investigators awaiting results.

Klong Tan police charged him with reckless driving that causes damage to property and death plus leaving the scene of an accident.

He was released on 100k bail.

Multiple Thai media outlets report that he is a billionaire heir to a mega property company, as well as owning restaurants in Thailand and in the UK.

Comparisons were also made to the high profile Red Bull heir case – expensive car, heir to billions, fleeing the scene, hiding for several hours before surrendering for alcohol and drug tests,

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PM Revokes State Of Emergency In Bangkok

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PM Revokes State Of Emergency In Bangkok

The Prime Minister stuck to his word and revoked the State Of Emergency in Bangkok from noon today in a bid to end the street protests.

Speaking in a televised address on Wednesday evening, the PM said he would lift the “Serious Emergency Situation in Bangkok” if there was no violence at the anti-government protests taking the first step in resolving the situation.

PM Revokes State Of Emergency In Bangkok

Protestors marched to Government House after gathering at Victory Monument at 4pm yesterday.

They handed over their demands including a large resignation letter for the PM to senior police officers before dispersing peacefully.

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