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Posted by esseffe on 12/1/2007 at 19:50

We are flying in from Copenhagen SAS and then taking a domestic flight to Chang Mai with Air Asia. How long should i leave between the arrival time of the first flight and the departure of the next? I was thinking three hours but I'm not sure whether we will need to change terminals etc.
Can anyone help?

thanks in advance

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Posted by somtam2000 on 13/1/2007 at 07:37 admin

Three hours will be plenty, though it depends when you're arriving in Thailand as the Thai govt has just yesterday decided to reopen the old airport for all domestic flights only -- from March 15 onwards. There has been no information yet on intra-airport transport -- in good traffic the trip could take 20 minutes, in bad 1-2 hours.

So if you're arriving after March 15, allow 30-45 minutes to get your bags and clear customs/immigration, 20 minutes to 2 hours to get to the other airport and then you need to check in an absolute minimum of 45 minutes beforehand -- though I'd recommend 1.5 hours beforehand.

A lot depends on what solution is used to facilitate intra-airport transport -- once some firmer statements emerge, I'll post more details.

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Posted by esseffe on 14/1/2007 at 05:01

Wow that is very interesting, unfortunately we arrive on 5th April. I think we'll put off booking that leg of our journey until things are clearer on the flights front. We arrive into BKK around 4pm I think so probably would be hitting the road to transfer between airports during rush hour..fantastic, great introduction to Bangkok to be stuck in traffic eh?

Thanks a million for that info, I was going to book the flights online tonight so I will hold on til there's more info.

Great to be kept so up to date.

Thanks again

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Posted by Quero on 17/1/2007 at 07:10

Hang on! This is not an across-the-board transfer of ALL domestic flights back to Don Muang. Check this post on ThaiVisa.

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Posted by Tilapia on 23/1/2007 at 01:48

I read in the Bangkok Post that only three airlines would be switching back to Don Muang, and one of them was Air Asia. So, if this stays the course, you will have to get to the other airport for your connecting flight.

Depending on when you land, you may have time to get to the other airport. But if you could give yourself a bit more time (more than three hours, anyway), or one night in Bangkok, you'll give yourself a lot more breathing room.

Good luck.

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Posted by esseffe on 23/1/2007 at 06:15

Thanks, we decided to change our plans and booked our domestic flight with Thai Airways as we read that they will be staying put. Thanks for everyone's input.


E.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 23/1/2007 at 07:32 admin

It is a situation that continues to change. As Quero says, the current plan is for NON-CONNECTING domestic flights to be shifted to the old airport, while connecting domestic flights will remain at the new airport. But today's Bangkok Post has a story quoting AirAsia as saying they want to move all their flights to the old airport.

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Posted by Laura_B on 23/1/2007 at 19:41

Does anyone know what airport Nok Air uses? I have a flight from Bangkok to Phuket for Feb 23rd.

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Posted by esseffe on 23/1/2007 at 21:05

I think from the above that everyone uses the new airport until March so your February 23rd flight should be fine from the new airport.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 23/1/2007 at 21:44 admin

Yes, esseffe is correct -- you should definitely be flying out of the new airport that soon.

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Posted by Red on 24/1/2007 at 12:01

Nok Air uses the new airport. I came back from Thailand last Wednesday and they had all their booking in desks etc there.
I'd give yourself a few hours at least for between flights. I did'nt see anything about opening the old airport as yet. And if they do I'm sure that they will have an airport shuttle bus going between the two airports. And you can always take local buses as we did, and didn't find them hard to get around on. It all depends what time of days you arive as to what the traffic is like. We did take a bus from the new airport one night and it took us 2 hours from airport to Silom Rd (peak Hour).

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