Don Muang to Return; Suvarnabhumi Haunted by Problems
Thailand's transport ministry is to recommend some domestic flights be transferred from Bangkok's new airport to the decommissioned old one.
The move is necessary to allow the authorities to repair a series of cracks in the runways.
Suvarnabhumi Airport, designed to showcase Thailand as a regional hub, opened in September to huge publicity.
But the building has been dogged by problems, from allegations of corruption to claims of a ghost.
After a meeting with airport officials, Transport Minister Thira Haocharoen said he would seek Cabinet approval to reopen the old international airport at Don Muang on a temporary basis.
"The decision to move back to Don Muang was based on a series of problems that have plagued Suvarnabhumi, from cracks on the taxiways to out-of-order aerobridges," Mr Thira said.
The reopening is expected to take place within two months' time, he added.
Airlines would move on a voluntary basis and only flights which had no international connections would be asked to make the switch.
But correspondents say the move will still complicate travel for many international visitors, who travel to Bangkok and then transfer to different airlines for flights to Thailand's famed beach resorts.