VTBS - Suvarnabhumi Airport



Suvarnabhumi Airport (VTBS) is the biggest airport in Thailand, and is one of two airports covering Bangkok and the surrounding areas - the other being Don Mueang Airport (VTBD). Opened in 2006, it is located 25 kilometers east of downtown Bangkok and is a major hub for international transportation within Southeast Asia and beyond.

ATC frequencies

Identifier Radio Callsign
Frequency Remarks
VTBS_DEL Suvarnabhumi Delivery
128.700 MHz

Suvarnabhumi Ground
121.750 MHz
Suvarnabhumi Ground
121.950 MHz
Covering west apron
Suvarnabhumi Ground
121.650 MHz
Covering east apron
VTBS_TWR Suvarnabhumi Tower
118.200 MHz

Suvarnabhumi Tower 119.000 MHz
Covering 19R/01L
Bangkok Approach
124.350 MHz
Suvarnabhumi Arrival
121.100 MHz
Arrivals below 7000ft
Suvarnabhumi Departure
119.250 MHz
VTBS_ATIS - 127.650 MHz


At Suvarnabhumi, there are two areas in use: the main terminal (A-G gates), and the newly opened SAT-1 terminal.

Domestic flights
International flights
Cargo flights

Preferential runway system

The runway in use on VATSIM does not necessarily follow what is used in real life all the time for various reasons, including but not limited to traffic, controller discretion, etc.

Generally, runway 19L/R is used unless the tailwind component exceeds 5 knots (usually in the winter season).

The runway on the left side (01L or 19L) are generally used for landings, while the right side (01R or 19R) is used for departures.

Transition Altitude & Transition Level

For all airports in Thailand, the transition altitude is 11,000ft and the transition level is always FL130.

Departing flights

IFR Clearance

On initial contact, state stand number and received ATIS.

👨‍✈️ Suvarnabhumi Delivery, sawasdee krub, THAI 104, information B, gate A4, requesting IFR clearance to Chiang Mai
🎧 THAI 104, Delivery, sawasdee krub, cleared to Chiang Mai via flight planned route, TANGO3G departure, runway 19R, initial climb 6000ft, expect FL360, squawk 7120

The standard initial climb altitude for all departures is 6,000ft.


Pushback instructions will include the direction for the nose to face.

👨‍✈️ Suvarnabhumi Ground, sawasdee krub, THAI 104, gate A4, requesting push and start
🎧 THAI 104, Suvarnabhumi Ground, sawasdee krub, push and start approved, facing south on T5

If the pushback is not approved straight away, a reason will be given by the controller.


Please take a look at the ground charts at least once before requesting taxi. The taxiway layout is quite complex with different taxiway designations for each intersection.

Published charts have common taxi routes usually used by ATC (subject to discretion).

Departures - RWY 01L/19R