The test run of the new train link between Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and the city centre, announced to take place on August 12, will have to wait until December.
Contractors have informed the Thai government they would not be able to complete work by that date, which is also the Queen’s birthday and known as Mother’s Day in Thailand. The inaugural run has instead been rescheduled for December 5, the King’s birthday or Father’s Day.
Under the contractual agreement, building of the 28km route from the airport to downtown Bangkok must be completed by November. It is now expected that the Airport Link, which connects the Phaya Thai and Makkasan areas to the international airport, will enter full service in March next year.
According to the State Railway of Thailand, the fare will be THB150 (US$4.42) for passengers taking non-stop trains, and between THB15 (44 cents) and THB45 (US$1.42) for trains that stop at every station.
A taxi ride from the airport to downtown districts currently costs from THB400 (US$11.79).
Margie T Logarta