Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok

Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok Terminal 2

Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok Terminal 2. Photo: Bebiezaza. CC BY-SA 4.0.

Don Mueang International Airport (IATA: DMK, ICAO: VTBD) is one of the two international airports in Bangkok. It was officially opened as a Royal Thai Air Force base on 27 March 1914, although it had been in use earlier. Commercial flights started in 1924.

Once the largest airport in Thailand and the 18th busiest on Earth, Don Mueang has been replaced as Thailand’s primary passenger and cargo airport by the newer Suvarnabhumi Airport, officially opened on 15 September 2006.

Don Mueang became a facility for charter flights, military aircraft and civil aviation. The airport was reopened for non-connecting domestic commercial flights on 24 March 2007. Three airlines are now using the airport: Nok Air, Orient Thai Airlines (formerly One-Two-GO Airlines) and Thai AirAsia (ไทยแอร์เอเชีย). All Thai Airways domestic flights were transferred to Suvarnabhumi Airport.

An RTAF (Royal Thai Air Force) golf course is located between the two runways. The course has no separation from the runway, and golfers are held back by a red light whenever planes land.

Don Mueang Airport location

Located at longitude 100? 36′ 20″ and latitude 13? 54′ 52″, 9 feet above sea level, DMK is 21.6 kms. northeast from Bangkok.

Airport Facts

Service time of airport 24 hours
Runway 2

– Runway 21 R/03L – 3,700 meters long, 60 meters wide (12,139
feet/197 feet)
– Runway 21 L/03R – 3,500 meters long, 45 meters wide (11,461 feet/147 feet)

Accommodation capacity 60 flights per hour
Characteristics asphaltic concrete
– Runway 21R/03L = PCN.126/F/D/W/T
– Runway 21L/03R = PCN.126/F/D/W/T

Taxiway 23

Aircraft parking stands: 94
36 parking stands with contact gates divided into 28 parking stands at international passenger terminal, 8 parking stands at domestic passenger terminal and 58 remote parking bays.

Check-in counters: 167
124 check-in counters at international passenger terminal 1 and 43 check-in counters at domestic passenger terminal.

International Passenger Terminal 1

Total Area
109,033 m²
Arrival 28,469.39 m²
Departure 27,262.90 m²
Transit 1,802.50 m²
16 million domestic passengers/year
Accommodation capacity for charter flight: 140 flight/month

Domestic Passenger Terminal

Total Area
22,266 m²
Arrival 5,623 m²
Departure 8,433 m²
Piers 11,611 m²
Rental Area 5,969 m²
Other Public Area 989 m²

Accommodation capacity for passenger
( Passengers / Hour )

Arrival: 2,000
Departure: 2,500

The following airlines are operating from Don Muang airport:

Thai Airways: Non-connecting domestic flights
Nok Air: Domestic flights
One-Two-Go: Domestic flights
AirAsia: Domestic flights

222 Moo 10 Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Don Muang, Bangkok 10210, Thailand

(02) 535 1111 / (02) 535 1254

Driving Directions
The main road linking the airport to central Bangkok is the Vibhavadi Rangsit Road; it is also possible to travel into Bangkok via faster expressway.

Car Parking
A three-story car park is located in front of the Domestic Passenger Terminal.

Car Hire
Avis is located in the Arrivals area in the Domestic Passenger Terminal.

Public Transport

Train: (tel: (02) 222 0175; website: run to Bangkok from Don Muang Station, opposite the airport, to Hua Lumpong Railway Station in central Bangkok (journey time – around 50 minutes), from where trains to destinations throughout the country can connect.


Bus: Air-conditioned airport buses leave from the front of the Arrivals area; destinations served include several city hotels, the Grand Palace, Sukhumvit and Bangkok Railway Station. Regular public buses also run to Bangkok Railway Station, Silom Road and the Southern and Eastern Region bus terminals.

Taxi: Licensed metered city taxis (with black and yellow plates) can be flagged down outside Departures; passengers should make sure that the meter is switched on and never use unlicensed taxis. It is a good idea to have the destination required written in Thai.

-Thailand News (TN)

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