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    Re: Airport Link to start commercial operation Aug 23

    technically, the airport IS in Samut Prakan province.

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    Re: Airport Link to start commercial operation Aug 23

    It will be interesting to get some feedback from actual transit passengers.

    Will there be a regulated taxi rank? Will Makkasan taxis simply transport fares, from Point A to Point B, or will they come up with new scams?

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    Re: Airport Link to start commercial operation Aug 23

    RT rolls out Airport Rail Link
    Published: 23/08/2010 at 12:00 AM
    Newspaper section: News

    The 28km Airport Rail Link begins full commercial operations today to reduce travel time between the inner city and Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan.

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    The rail link will charge promotional fares until the end of the year on its city and express lines. It expects to serve up to 50,000 passengers a day.

    The service has been operating on a trial basis since June 1, attracting about 17,000 people a day travelling for free.

    State Railway of Thailand (SRT) governor Yutthana Thapcharoen yesterday led an inspection of the rail link and its facilities to ensure it was ready for commercial services.

    Mr Yutthana insisted the link "is definitely good to go".

    "It is the fastest rail system in the country," he said.

    "It is convenient and provides [a quality] service."

    Mr Yutthana said the SRT would ask the cabinet to raise the registered capital of a subsidiary firm to run the rail link from 500 million baht to 2 billion baht.

    Transport Minister Sohpon Zarum is scheduled to inspect the rail link today to see if there were problems that needed to be fixed.

    "I heard the train had a glitch and had to go back to Phaya Thai station," the minister said.

    "That kind of thing can make passengers miss their flights."

    Passengers using the City Line, the all-stops line, will pay a flat rate of 15 baht for a trip during the promotion period. The line, which operates from 6am to midnight, takes 30 minutes to travel from Phaya Thai station to Suvarnabhumi airport.

    Those using the Express Line will pay 100 baht for a trip. It takes 15 minutes to travel from Makkasan station to the airport non-stop. It also operates from 6am to midnight.

    Fares for the City Line will range from 15 baht to 45 baht, depending on the distance travelled, after Jan 1, 2011, while the fares on the Express Line would rise to 150 baht.

    Passengers would be able to check in their baggage at Makkasan station for transfer to their airline once the service was fully operational.

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    Re: Airport Link to start commercial operation Aug 23

    I won,t be using it. Fine getting into town @ 150 baht about half the taxi fare. BUT then queue for a taxi and hit the normal traffic jams there. I will just take the easy taxi journey direct to the hotel
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    Re: Airport Link to start commercial operation Aug 23

    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Don View Post
    Passengers using the City Line, the all-stops line, will pay a flat rate of 15 baht for a trip during the promotion period. The line, which operates from 6am to midnight, takes 30 minutes to travel from Phaya Thai station to Suvarnabhumi airport.

    Those using the Express Line will pay 100 baht for a trip. It takes 15 minutes to travel from Makkasan station to the airport non-stop. It also operates from 6am to midnight.
    These operating times seem to disagree with those given on the official website: http://airportraillink.railway.co.th/en/

    On the website is says that the Express runs 6am - 1am and that the City Line runs 24 hours.

    Anyone actual been there and knows which is correct?

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    Re: Airport Link to start commercial operation Aug 23

    Phayathai Airport Rail Link station is connect to the BTS station with a sky bridge, pretty convenient for all the commuters.
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    Re: Airport Link to start commercial operation Aug 23

    What I found on thaivisa.com:

    Oh, Poor Airport Link

    BANGKOK: -- Finally, the Airport Rail Link is officially opened for commercial services on Monday (Aug 23), after seven years of construction. The high-speed trains, though, do not look as new as they should. In fact, they look as if they had been bought at a clearance sale. Even Chinese trains look far more dashing.

    The 28-kilometer rail route costs more than 30 billion baht in investment and has been subject to a vast amount of criticisms and negative press. Much of the grilling has been directed towards the project contractor, Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction.

    Despite its name, the Airport Rail Link isn't actually connected to any airport. According to the original plan, the route should have linked Don Muang Airport with Suvarnabhumi Airport, but ended up with the last stop only at Phaya Thai Station in Bangkok’s downtown area.

    What’s worse, the station does not even connect with a BTS station which is just a short distance away.

    The first day of commercial run was nothing but a mess. Commuters paid full fares, but could not check in their luggages because the Thai Airways counters were closed and no one knows when they will open.

    Hundreds of current Airport Rail Link staff are not full-time employees of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT). The railway authority hired Sasin Institute of Chulalongkorn University to recruit people and oversee salary payments on its behalf.

    It remains unknown which organization these employees are working for. Who will be held responsible when problems arise? How desperate it is to see how the SRT and Thai politicians wasted precious tax payers' money.

    Anyone who has been to Makkasan Station must have been upset about its poor condition that does not reflect the enormous investment put in. I cannot explain exactly how it looks. You’ve got to see it with your own eyes. Compared with Hong Kong’s Airport Rail Link, the difference are like heaven and hell.

    The road system around the Makkasan Station has not been expanded to accommodate more future traffic. Those who regularly pass through the area, especially during rush hours and on rainy days, would know well how terrible the traffic can be.

    Whoever is thinking about boarding the Airport Link train at the Makasan Station to Suvarnabhumi Airport should give it a second thought, because they could miss their flights. If anything, using the motorway could be a better choice.

    Moreover, travelers are not safe from hassles when they travel via the rail link to the international airport. They have to heave their luggages upstairs from the train station in order to check in at the airline counters on the forth floors.

    The Ministry of Transport has anticipated an operating loss in the first three years. But I doubt whether the SRT could really break even after the 3-yr period. Or the Airport Rail Link is destined to be in the sea of red ink forever just like our clunky rail services.

    ‘Mai Het Prathet Thai’ column, Thairath newspaper, August 25th, 2010
    Written by Lom Plian Thit
    Translated and rewritten by Wacharapol Isaranont
    Please note that the views expressed in our "Analysis" segment are translated from local newspaper articles and do not reflect the views of the Thai-ASEAN News Network.

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    Re: Airport Link to start commercial operation Aug 23

    a friend of mine is doing a little experiment at the moment and he was updating me live from the airport link and then going to the city. he knows Bangkok well but he obviously tried to do this for the first time.
    he took the express to Makkasan.
    when he bought a ticket at the airport, the clerks spoke very little tie. a suit and tie standing before him in the line was asking which line to take to get to the BTS and he was told the express. not true.
    the 100baht ticket is actually a return, valid only on the same day. may be useful if you go to the airport to pick up someone (though actually he did not check if it works the other way as well). there were 6 people in the carriage he was in, nobody with big bags. there are no luggage racks in the trains. the train goes so fast that mobile signal dropped out twice. or maybe coincidence.
    the Makkasan terminal is a disgrace, building rubble is still around, dirty windows. the way to the metro is clearly marked, however, there is no underpass or anything. people are expected to drag luggage through more rubble, across a street without traffic lights, which is now closed because of the construction but will likely reopen and there is no underpass. it is one stop by metro to the BTS (Asok). there are also taxis around.
    from the map, it is the Phayathai (slow train) terminal that has a direct BTS connection, so the businessman at the airport was given wrong info.

    to me it sounds good if you need to get to the northern bus station, which had been difficult before (no direct bus before from airport to northern bus station for some stupid reason), or if heading to other places on the metro line or BTS that are not serviced by the airport buses. hope it will be cleaned up, cleared up (regarding information, accessibility), because it sounds.... so Thai at the moment.

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