Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) is to install glass security walls on the fourth floor of Suvarnabhumi's terminal building to prevent people from committing suicide.
Suvarnabhumi director Raweewan Netarakavesana said on Tuesday that many people commit suicide by jumping over the handrails on the fourth floor of the terminal building each year, mainly between flight gates seven and 10.
There have been three suicides in the terminal building in the past five months. The latest incident occurred two weeks ago, involving a foreign tourist who was under the influence of alcohol, she said.
The problem risks damaging the country's image, so AoT will spend about 30 million baht on building the glass walls, she said.
Airport authorities plan to install glass security walls at the entrances to the fourth floor of Suvarnabhumi's terminal building to prevent people from committing suicide by jumping over handrails. (File Photo)
Suvarnabhumi is Thailand's gateway airport, with 50.90 million passengers and 287,997 aircraft movements in the last financial year, accounting for 59% of overall passenger numbers and 51.5% of all take-offs and landings at AoT airports across the country.
The airport is served by 107 international airlines and connects Bangkok with more than 150 cities around the world.
The top five home countries of passengers arriving into Suvarnabhumi are China, Japan, India, South Korea and Russia.
AoT chairman Sqn Ldr Sita Divari said on Monday that a 62.5-billion-baht project is underway to raise Suvarnabhumi's passenger capacity from 45 million to 60 million a year by 2016.
The expansion is at the design stage and is due to finish in April next year, allowing construction to start in August next year.