Fri, 19 Apr 2019

Thai Airways jet on taxi way before take off at Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo: Sakchai Lalit / AP)

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A pilots' organisation is warning that soft ground conditions at Bangkok's main international airport, a major regional hub, can cause its taxiways and aircraft parking positions to buckle or otherwise fail.

The warning issued this week by the International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Association says soft spots have been reported by flight crews and ground service providers at Suvarnabhumi International Airport since at least 2008. The group issued a similar warning four years ago.

The group, which represents over 100 000 pilots worldwide, says it was told by the airport's operator, Airports of Thailand, that the cause of the pavement failures was "deficiencies in the asphalt materials used in pavement construction and the height of the water table below the airport." The airport was built on a former swamp.

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