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Don Mueang International Airport

Don Mueang International Airport
Airport information
Airport typePublic/Military
OperatorAirports of Thailand
LocationBangkok, Thailand
Elevation3 m (9 ft)

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: For the military use of the facility see Don Muang Royal Thai Air Force Base

Don Mueang International Airport (-thdɔ̄ːn mɯ̄aŋ) is an airport in Bangkok, Thailand. It was officially opened as a Royal Thai Air Force base on 27 March 1914, although it had been in use earlier. Commercial flights started in 1924. Don Mueang Airport closed in 2006 following the opening of Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi Airport, before opening again after the big renovation on 24 March 2007.

Don Mueang was an important hub of Asia and the hub of Thai Airways International prior to its closure. At its peak, it served most air traffic in the whole continent, with 80 airlines operating 160,000 flights and handling over 38,000,000 passengers and 700,000 tons of cargo in 2005. It was then the 18th busiest airport in the world and 2nd in Asia by passenger volume. Currently, the airport is Thailand's fourth busiest airport by passenger traffic, with 3 million passengers passinh through it in 2010.

Don Mueang became a facility for charter flights, military aircraft and civil aviation. The airport was reopened for non-connecting domestic commercial flights on 24 March 2007. Two airlines are now using the airport: Nok Air and Orient Thai Airlines (formerly One-Two-GO Airlines). All Thai Airways domestic flights were transferred to Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Don Mueang is a joint-use facility with the Royal Thai Air Force's Don Muang Royal Thai Air Force Base, and is the home of the RTAF 1st Air Division, which consists primarily of non-combat aircraft. Vibhavadi Rangsit Road is the main route linking the airport with downtown Bangkok. The Uttaraphimuk Elevated Tollway, running above Vibhavadi Rangsit, offers a more rapid option for getting into the city and connects to Bangkok's inner city expressway network. There is also rail service connecting with Hua Lamphong station in the center of Bangkok. The train station is across the highway and is linked with the airport by a walkway bridge. An RTAF golf course is located between the two runways. The course has no separation from the runway, and golfers are held back by a red light whenever planes land.

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