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Glass walls to be installed on the fourth floor of Suvarnabhumi to stop accidental falls and suicide attempts

With the numbers of tourists visiting Thailand each year the AoT (airports of Thailand) has made many improvements to Suvarnabhumi airport. The airport has already been reorganized to make more space in the passenger terminal and the upgraded toilets have even won the country’s most hygienic toilet award. Trade organization, Airports Council International, who represent the world’s airport operators have ranked Suvarnabhumi No. 6 in the world’s best airports list.

This week the AoT has announced that it will spend up to thirty million baht to ensure better safety at the airport. The plans include replacing the handrails on the fourth floor ,that overlooks the ground floor arrival hall, with 6.5 foot high glass walls, this is to prevent people from falling and to stop anybody jumping in a bid to commit suicide.

Suvarnabhumi Airport opened seven years ago since then five passengers have fallen from the fourth floor according to Suvarnabhumi’s general manager Rawewan Netrakavesna who spoke to reporters on Tuesday. She also said that in the past five months three suicide attempts have been made from the fourth floor but did not provide any further details.

Suvarnabhumi is the major entry point to Asia with around 327,000 aircraft flying in and out in fiscal year 2012. The AoT plan to increase the airports passenger capacity to sixty million by 2016

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