When Suvarnabhumi airport opens, travellers will be landing to the east of Bangkok, switching from the existing airport on the north side. An elevated highway will be ready to whisk passengers into town, linking to the main ring road. But a planned fast rail link into the city with advance check-in for outbound passengers will not be ready until 2007 at the earliest. Airport officials say the new facility, 25km from the city centre, can be reached within 30 minutes by road, though journey times of one hour are more frequent. The rail link is supposed to take only 15 minutes direct to a central terminal, rivalling Hong Kong's own Airport Express. Airline representatives say the lack of a rail link is regrettable, given that Suvarnabhumi airport is positioning itself as a state-of-the-art regional hub. 'It won't be a show-stopper. It would be nice, though, to have the train,' said Andrew Drysdale, regional vice-president of the International Air Transport Association.