the latter, the central grass field of the horse
racetrack doubled as a
makeshift airfield ever since
the Belgian pilot
Charles Van den Born
1911 used it for a flight demonstration with his airplane Henri
thus introducing aviation to
Thailand by carrying out the first powered flight in the Kingdom.
remained Thailand's main airport with both an international and domestic
terminal, until the
in September 2006. Though
commercial carriers initially discarded DMK, some of them later returned,
due to overcapacity and higher operating costs at the new airport.
Today it handles mainly low-cost
domestic flights, cargo and some chartered flights.