Thailand's transport ministry is to recommend some domestic flights be transferred from Bangkok's new airport to the decommissioned old one.
Suvarnabhumi airport has been dogged by controversy
The move is necessary to allow the authorities to repair a series of cracks in the runways.
Suvarnabhumi Airport, designed to showcase Thailand as a regional hub, opened in September to huge publicity.
But the building has been dogged by problems, from allegations of corruption to claims of a ghost.
After a meeting with airport officials, Transport Minister Thira Haocharoen said he would seek Cabinet approval to reopen the old international airport at Don Muang on a temporary basis.
"The decision to move back to Don Muang was based on a series of problems that have plagued Suvarnabhumi, from cracks on the taxiways to out-of-order aerobridges," Mr Thira said.
The reopening is expected to take place within two months' time, he added.
Airlines would move on a voluntary basis and only flights which had no international connections would be asked to make the switch.
But correspondents say the move will still complicate travel for many international visitors, who travel to Bangkok and then transfer to different airlines for flights to Thailand's famed beach resorts.
The Thai authorities hoped that Suvaranabhumi, which means Golden Land, would rival the airports in Hong Kong and Singapore and cement Thailand's reputation as a regional hub.
Suvarnabhumi boasts the largest passenger terminal in the world
Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a coup in September, made the project one of the main priorities of his administration, and the $4bn glass and steel airport should theoretically be able to handle 45 million passengers a year.
But since development started more than 40 years ago, the project has been mired by a series of problems.
Politicians from Mr Thaksin's administration were accused of buying up land in advance of construction, to sell on again at huge profits, and the purchase of the airport's high-tech X-Ray scanners was also tainted by allegations of corruption.
The project also suffered many delays and accidents, including a fire that swept through a catering hall, killing a member of staff.
Even supernatural forces seem to have been against Suvarnabhumi, and dozens of people reported seeing ghosts during the construction process.