Phetch-Hua Hin Airport set to go international by 2025

Photo courtesy of Pattaya Mail

To catapult Thailand’s aviation industry into the global elite, Hua Hin Airport in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province is undergoing a spectacular transformation. Rebranded as Phetch-Hua Hin International Airport, this dazzling upgrade is slated for completion by late 2025.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin made his second visit to the construction site, rallying support from key agencies to ensure the project stays on track.

“This is a critical step in elevating Thailand’s infrastructure.”

The revamped Phetch-Hua Hin Airport will be equipped to handle larger aircraft, paving the way for a surge in international flights. Cutting-edge technology and automated systems are being introduced to enhance service quality and safety standards. This modernisation will not only attract domestic and international tourists to the stunning Hua Hin and Cha-Am beaches but also bolster connectivity to other Thai destinations.

This initiative is a cornerstone of the Government’s grand vision to propel Thailand’s airports into the top 20 global rankings within the next five years, reported Pattaya Mail.

ORIGINAL STORY: PM Srettha’s plan to rename Hua Hin Airport

During a visit to Hua Hin yesterday, Prime Minister Srettha revealed his support for renaming the airport to Phetch-Hua Hin. This strategic move aims to highlight the adjoining province of Phetchaburi and tap into its potential as a tourist hotspot.

Currently situated in the Hua Hin district of Prachuap Khiri Khan province, Hua Hin Airport is positioned right on the edge of Cha-am district in Phetchaburi. The prime minister noted that the airport is underutilised and requires significant upgrades.

The 62 year old Thai prime minister emphasised that such improvements could significantly increase the number of travellers to the famed resort city.

“The runway needs to be extended to accommodate international flights.”

At present, Thai AirAsia is the sole airline operating regular flights to Hua Hin Airport, with a route from Chiang Mai running four times a week, according to the airport’s official Facebook page.

This renaming initiative aligns with the Pheu Thai-led coalition government’s broader ambition to transform Thailand into a major aviation hub. By enhancing the airport’s capacity and broadening its reach, PM Srettha hopes to attract more international visitors and bolster the local economy, reported Bangkok Post.

The proposal is expected to spark lively debate, as stakeholders weigh the potential benefits against the costs and logistical challenges. If successful, the rebranding could mark a significant milestone in the country’s tourism and aviation sectors, potentially setting a new precedent for regional development.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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