The Transport Ministry is looking forward to the second phase of the advancement of the Don Mueang Airport will soon begin to help it cope with a constant rise in the number of air travelers.

Permanent Secretary for Transport Pol. Gen. Wichean Potephosree, on Monday, visited Aeronautical Radio of Thailand at Don Mueang Airport to get first-hand information on the problem experienced at the capital’s secondary airport.

Pol. Gen. Wichean said he found air traffic has been expanding rapidly at Don Mueang and the air-traffic control system employed there is not a complete automatic system.

He reckoned that Aeronautical Radio of Thailand will completely switch to the automatic system by 2015.

The visit also led him to learn about many other problems, ranging from manpower issues to legal troubles.

Pol. Gen. Wichean stated that all problems will be solved through the collaboration with all related parties, including Aeronautical Radio of Thailand, Airports of Thailand and Thai Airways International, under the supervision of the Transport Ministry.

In addition, the Permanent Secretary for Transport said an increasing passengers at Don Mueang Airport, particularly during such long holidays as the Songkran festival, has made the second facelift of the airport an urgent matter.

The refurbishment of Bangkok’s secondary airport will begin this year and complete in March 2014, said Pol. Gen. Wichean.

Don Mueang has handled 6 million passengers during October 2012 and February 2013 while Airports of Thailand foresees 10 million more will travel through this airport before the end of this October.

-News from NNT