Suvarnabhumi rail link shut down for 2½ hours

Suvarnabhumi rail link shut down for 2½ hours

Four flights from satellite terminal delayed during routine electrical maintenance

Suvarnabhumi rail link shut down for 2½ hours
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin rides an automated train from the main building to the satellite terminal at Suvarnabhumi Airport during the soft opening on Sept 28 last year. (Photo: Government House)

Automated trains linking the main and satellite terminals at Suvarnabhumi airport were out of service for two and a half hours on Friday during a routine check on the electrical system.

The rail system taking travellers to SAT-1 stopped functioning at 9.45am after power was shut off for regular maintenance. The reserve power system did not supply electricity to the trains, said Airports of Thailand (AoT) president Kerati Kijmanawat.

Normal service resumed at 1pm. During the outage, four flights were delayed for about 30 minutes each but no passengers were stranded, he said.

SAT-1 handled three arriving and seven departing flights involving 2,422 travellers during the period. The airport used shuttle buses operated by Thai Airways International to transport passengers in the absence of the train service.

The new underground train system, officially called the Automated Power Mover, runs at a maximum speed of 80 kilometres per hour and can carry about 6,000 passengers per hour. Each trip between the two terminals takes three minutes.

Mr Kerati said AoT was working with Aero Engineering and Construction Co, which is responsible for maintenance of the train link, on measures to prevent a recurrence of future shutdowns.

SAT-1 opened its doors on Sept 28 and has 28 gates that can  handle up to 15 million passengers a year, allowing Suvarnabhumi to increase its annual capacity to 60 million from 45 million.