The Straits Times
Published on Sep 25, 2012

Bangkok airport seeks to solve bird-strike threat


BANGKOK (AP) - Authorities at Bangkok's international airport say it is home to more than 80 species of birds that pose safety risks to aircraft using the facility.

Suvarabhumi Airport was built on 32 sq km of swampy land east of Bangkok and is surrounded by vast areas of farmland and rice paddy fields.

Airport director Somchai Sawasdeepon said on Tuesday that several birds have collided with planes since the airport opened in 2006.

He said there were "no serious" incidents but bird strikes pose "major threats" to safety at the airport, one of Asia's busiest.