Suvarnabhumi Airport (IATA: BKK) (ICAO: VTBS) started operations in September 2006 and is now Bangkok’s main airport and the busiest airport in Southeast Asia. It is used for almost all international and domestic flights to Bangkok, however a number of low cost airlines are still operating in Don Mueang for some domestic flights. There is only one terminal building, which covers both domestic and international flights, but it is huge (by some measures the world’s largest), so allow time for getting around. There are two immigration sections, but processing time is lengthy — at least 30 minutes.
The airport is located in Racha Thewa in Bang Phli district, Samut Prakan Province, about 25 kilometres (16 miles) east of downtown Bangkok.
The name Suvarnabhumi was chosen by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and means “Land of Gold”.
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