PM Srettha’s plan to rename Hua Hin Airport

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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.”

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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.

In related news, the Bangkok-born Srettha plans to create a cutting-edge mid-sea airport in Hua Hin, exclusively catering to the jet-setting elite. This visionary project aims to connect Thailand’s most stunning destinations, promising unparalleled luxury and convenience for affluent travellers.

In other news, Airports of Thailand (AOT) issued a stern warning to pet owners not to let their cats roam free in airport areas to prevent potential damage and ensure the safety of travellers. This announcement follows an incident at Suvarnabhumi International Airport where a cat was filmed wandering the premises without supervision.

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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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