PASSENGERS transiting through Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport during March have been warned to set aside extra time for connecting flights. Repairs mean runway 01R/19L will be partially closed for 60 days and Thai Airways International has warned this could mean some arrival or departure delays. The airport is significant a hub in South East Asia, as well as a major tourist destination, and is congested even under normal conditions However, the Thai carrier says it is prepared for the runway maintenance and has contingency plans to safely cope with any problems. These include adding extra fuel on flights to reflect traffic conditions and the use of an alternate airport if necessary. The airline has set up an operations centre to coordinate and resolve any issues that may arise due to the runway repairs. “Thai is fully aware that its passengers may be inconvenienced during this period and staff will be on hand to provide additional assistance to passengers with flight connections,’’ it said. “Passengers are advised to spare extra time for connecting flights. "Passengers traveling on all Thai flights will be looked after with extra care to ensure maximum comfort and convenience.’’ Repairs are due to start on March 3 and are scheduled to end May 5.