Established in 1996 and started operations in 2005. Domestic, regional, & international, scheduled & charter, cargo, jet airplane services.
191/1 Ratchadapisek Road
Klong Toey, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
THAILAND (KINGDOM OF THAILAND) COVERS AN AREA OF 513,115 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 59 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS BANGKOK, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS THAI.
August 2005: Thai Air Cargo (TCG) provides cargo, jet airplane services within Asia and to Europe.
(IATA) Code: T2 - 284. (ICAO) Code: TCG (Callsign - THAI CARGO).
Parent organization/shareholders: Commercial Transport International (CTI) (51%); & Qantas Airways (QAN) (49%).
Main Base: Bangkok International airport (BKK).
International, freight destinations: Dhaka; Hong Kong; Osaka; Shanghai; & Taipei.
March 2006: Qantas (QAN) shelved plans to establish intra-Asia freight services through a Thai-based joint venture amid deepening concerns about rising fuel prices and the medium-term outlook for air cargo. Executive General Manager-Associated Businesses, Grant Fenn said the airline has "put back indefinitely" the start of flights by 49%-held Thai Air Cargo (TCG). He told The Australian newspaper yesterday that "a decision on operating in the future will be made when the economic environment has improved." (TCG) was established with 51% owner CTI Holding of Thailand as a vehicle for Qantas (QAN) to access more effectively the rapidly expanding intra-Asia freight market. It was planned to hub out of Bangkok to India, Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Fenn said current fuel prices and "the unavailability of suitably fuel-efficient airplanes for lease" were the main reasons for the decision. However, there have been concerns about the direction in the air cargo market, which slowed to +3% (FTK) freight traffic growth last year. While China and a recovering Japan continue to underpin higher growth in regional freight traffic, the longer-term outlook is uncertain due to the impact of fuel and rising freight rates.
January 2007: Airports of Thailand approved the use of Don Muang Airport (DMK) for domestic flights with no international connections beginning in March, according to press reports. Don Muang was to have been closed to commercial traffic in September, when the new Suvarnabhumi Airport opened for business. The "Bangkok Post" said reopening (DMK), which now handles only charter flights, would give airport officials "flexibility" to solve problems at the new facility.
April 2012: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport (BKK) needs another runway but faces obstacles, a senior Thai official said. Thailand Deputy Transport Minister, Chadchart Sittipunt said that, while there is no problem with land availability, regulatory and noise concerns make it hard to expand. “To add another runway would be difficult,” Sittipunt said. He pointed out it would take another year to finish an environmental impact assessment.
The airport, which was built to handle 45 million passengers annually, is swiftly moving toward its capacity ceiling. Its two runways limit the facility to 76 flights per hour, and growing tourist arrivals and increasing passenger volumes indicate the need for expansion.
“I think we need an extra runway [to serve as] a relief runway,” said Sittipunt.
(IATA) (ITA) has said Thailand should expand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (SVB). “Thailand needs to urgently build new terminal and runway capacity at Suvarnabhumi to ensure it remains one of the region’s top hubs,” (IATA) said.
(IATA) commissioned consultants Oxford Economics to carry out a study of 54 countries to better quantify the benefits they receive from aviation.
Aviation contributed THB139 billion/$4.48 billion to the Thai Gross Domestic Product (GDP), or 1.5% of the total, through the output of airlines, airports, ground services, their supply chains and the spending of those employed in the sector and in the supply chains. This number rises to THB818 billion or 9% of (GDP) when its contribution to the tourism sector was factored in.
“These urgent expansion projects must be done in full consultation with the airline users to ensure that costs and design are in line with the needs of those that will pay the bill — the airlines,” (IATA) said.
(IATA) also endorsed the view that Don Muang, Bangkok’s former airport, should be available to airlines and aviation services but should remain supplementary to (SVB) airport.
“Don Muang can fulfill a vital role of relief capacity in the short term. But the long-term solution is a single strong hub for Bangkok at Suvarnabhumi,” it said, because one major hub allows for more convenient connections and improves efficiency as airlines do not need to support duplicate infrastructure.