Rawewan Netrakavesna, the new Airport Director, to restore "National Pride" as her mission.

Suvarnabhumi Airport saw its global ranking slide from 25th in 2012 to 38th this year. The Director will introduce new improvements to the airport, with an aim to bring Suvarnabhumi's Skytrax ranking back to "25" next year. Her mission will involve in-depth talks with airlines and as well as lobbying for support from government agencies. Suvarnabhumi's financial weak points have already been dealt with, she said, but the airport now faces fierce competition.

Drawing on her 34 years of experience at Airports of Thailand (AOT), Rawewan is convinced that she can balance the needs of airlines with the regulatory environment to create a win-win scenario. At Suvarnabhumi Airport, she has set her sights on adjusting space usage at the passenger terminal. Bank booths and non-aviation offices may be moved to the fourth floor to enlarge the check-in area. In addition, One World - the alliance of American, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Iberia, Finnair and LanChile - plans to relocate its operations to Don Mueang Airport, a complex logistical operation that will require the development of services and support infrastructure for connecting flights and cargo handling, said Rawewan.

Seventy percent of Thailand's tourist arrivals use Suvarnabhumi as the gateway to the Kingdom. As tourism grows, the airport - with a maximum capacity of 45 million passengers - last year accommodated 52 million. Thanks to the relocation of AirAsia to Don Mueang late last year, the number of passengers at Suvarnabhumi this year will drop by 4.59 per cent year on year to 50.57 million. However, that number is expected to grow to 57 million in 2015.