Rough Takeoff

Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport has had its share of problems since it opened last September. The $3.8 billion project's latest snag: cracks appearing in the runway exits, making taxiing difficult and raising fears that the landfill beneath the airport could be sinking. Patching the surface has proved frustrating, with more rifts appearing daily.

A legislative panel that inspected the site on Jan. 21 said the construction of the tarmac may have been substandard, adding to a lengthening list of problems surrounding Suvarnabhumi's launch—including widespread graft allegations—and prompting Thailand's Transport Ministry to order an independent inquiry into the cracks....

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