Suvarnabhumi Airport: Now there’s cracks in the runway?

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The grand opening of Bangkok’s brand new, state-of-the-art International Airport has been marred by a multitude of problems, including not enough bathrooms, baggage handling problems, customs clearance delays, shortage of available terminals, the list goes on.

As if that weren’t enough to deal with, now cracks have appeared in the runways and no one seems to know what caused them. If serious enough, it could force airport authorities to shut the new airport down until they can get the cracks repaired.

Bannavit Kengrien, deputy permanent secretary of the defense ministry, said a team of investigators had until the end of the month to assess the problem.

“If the investigations find that the cracks are too serious for the runway to be used, we will recommend the closure of Suvarnabhumi for the sake of the passengers,” said Bannavit.

Transport Minister Thira Haocharoen said that cracks on one of two runways at Suvarnabhumi may have been caused by problems with design and construction, or possibly poor maintenance.

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