BANGKOK, 23 August 2010 (NNT) — The Airport Link has finally kicked off its official operations today at 06.00 hrs to accommodate passengers traveling to the Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
Transport Minister Sopon Zarum presided over the official opening of the Airport Rail Link this morning. The rail link service, which is expected to serve up to 50,000 commuters and generate one million Baht a day, has been operating on a trial basis since June. It has begun full commercial operations today, operating from 6 am to midnight. The Minister said the Airport Link will ease the traffic and reduce travel time between the inner city and Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Samut Prakan.
The Airport Link consists of two lines, the City Line which stops at all eight stations from Phayathai to Makkasan , and the Express Line which runs non-stop from Makkasan to Suvarnabhumi International Airport. According to Mr Sopon, the non-stop Express Line, which can accommodate up to 150,000 people a day, will run at the speed of 160 kilometers per hour, covering the 28-kilometer route in 15 minutes, whereas the all-stops City Line will cover the same distance in 30 minutes. It can accommodate up to 150,000 people a day.
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