Don Mueang International Airport serves as one of the two main airports for Bangkok, the other being the famed Suvarnabhumi Airport. Don Mueang is considered as one of the world’s oldest international airports, and is Asia’s oldest operating airport. It was opened officially on the 27th of March 1914 as a Royal Thai Airforce base. Commercial flights only began in 1924.
Don Mueang Airport closed for a period of time in 2006 with the opening of the bigger, and newer Suvarnabhumi Airport, but later reopened after a massive renovation on 24th of March 2007. Since its reopening, it has become a regional commuter flight hub and the airport dedicated to lost cost airlines since 2012.
The Don Mueang Airport has 3 terminals. Both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 offered international flights before the opening of the newer Suvarnabhumi Airport, while Terminal 3 was used a domestic portal. However, in August 2011, all the flights were redirected and relocated to Terminal 1. Terminal 2 is not currently in use, but is projected to reopen its doors and airstrips by 2014. Terminal 1 has the capacity to handle 18.5 million travellers per annum.
The airport is furnished with 263 check-in counters, of which 124 are located at the international passenger terminal 1, 96 at international terminal 2, and 43 at the domestic terminal.
Services and Facilities
To help passengers remain connected to the world whilst at the airport, Don Mueang airport provides free Wi-Fi service throughout their three terminals.
For travellers who are looking to shop during their short transit at the airport, the airport mall offers duty free products for purchase for both international and domestic travellers. Try perusing the King Power Duty Free shops for products of local origin.
For financial services, passengers will find two banks conveniently located outside the terminal 1 building. Currency exchange counters can be found in both arrival and departure areas within terminal 1.
There is a golf course for avid golfers between the two runways. There is no divider between the golf course and the runway, but golfers will be held back by a red light whenever a plane lands.
For travellers in transit or passengers finding themselves needing a hotel for a night, the Amari Airport Hotel offers excellent service and amenities for a good night’s rest. It is a deluxe category hotel, and is connected by an air-conditioned walkway to the Don Mueang Airport. It boasts of superior accommodations, fantastic restaurants and convenient business and convention facilities.
Within the terminal, passengers can also have their queries answered at the tourist information booth. Two information booths are available, one in the departure hall, and one in the arrival hall. Alternatively, travel agency representatives at the airport would be more than happy to be of assistance.
At the north side of the first floor in passenger terminal 1, passengers will find an emergency treatment centre with specialists and doctor on site to assist with any sudden need for medical treatment. They are open between 8am to 5pm.
IMPORTANT! Information is correct as of 23 September 2014 and is subject to change. Please always check Don Mueang International Airport website for the latest update of the following information.