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ICAO audit questions readiness of new Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi Airport
28 July 2006

The ICAO has questioned the readiness of Bangkok`s new Suvarnabhumi Airport for its official opening on Sept 28. The ICAO report, based on its information collected and observations made between last month and early this month, identifies 29 high-risk areas – or about one-third of the 93 items on its checklist. Among the high-risk items identified by the ICAO in its report are the airfield visual aides including taxiway, apron and airside road signs, lights and markings. Failure to address them could lead to unsafe ground operations which `may contribute to an aircraft incident or accident`, the report says. The airport and Aviation Department are confident that all problems identified would be fixed in time for the official opening. (Bangkok Post)