Suvarnabhumi was officially opened for limited domestic flight service on 15 September 2006, and opened for most domestic and all international commercial flights on 28 September 2006.
The airport is currently the main hub for Thai Airways International, Thai Smile Airways, and Bangkok Airways.
The name was chosen by the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and refers to the Hindu-Buddhist golden kingdom, theorised to have been located to the east of the Ganges, possibly somewhere in Southeast Asia.
Suvarnabhumi is the twentieth busiest airport in the world, ninth busiest airport in Asia, and the busiest in the country, having handled 53 million passengers in 2012, The airport inherited the airport code, BKK, from Don Mueang after the older airport ceased international commercial flights.
The conference in 2017 will meet in the centre of Europe - on the borders of East and West - in historic Kraków - and will appeal to gypsum and wallboard producers from around the globe.
Kraków is an outstanding location for the 17th Global Gypsum Conference, being centrally-located, easy to reach and offering visitors from east and west a warm welcome.
It also serves as regional gateway and connecting point for various foreign carriers.
The airport is on what had formerly been known as Nong Nguhao (Cobra Swamp) in Racha Thewa in Bang Phli, Samut Prakan, about 25 kilometres (16 mi) east of downtown Bangkok.