Connect with us

Phuket

Phuket Airport expansion on track: AoT

Published

 on 

PHUKET: The 5.8-billion-baht expansion of Phuket International Airport will increase annual passenger traffic capacity to 12.5 million by 2013, Airports of Thailand (AOT) officials confirmed at a meeting on Monday.

AOT President Serirat Prasutanond said the expansion is needed to cope with steadily increasing air traffic and to cement Thailand’s status as a regional air hub.

Mr Serirat was speaking at an open meeting at Central Festival Phuket attended by appointed and elected officials, business representatives, local residents and other members of the public.

When the project finishes in 2013, the airport will be able to handle anticipated traffic through 2020, he said.

Air traffic and passenger throughput have grown steadily at Phuket Airport, which is the second busiest in Thailand after Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi in terms of passengers and people using airport services, he said.

The goal is to improve facilities to handle increasing demands on every aspect of airport services – safety, speed and convenience at the forefront, he said.

More taxiways and parking slots for aircraft are being built, as are a new international terminal, a covered car park and more roadways within the airport.

Utilities infrastructure is being upgraded overall, he said.

The airport can currently handle 6.5 million passengers yearly. When the project is complete it will be able to handle 12.5 million: 5 million international and 7.5 million domestic passengers, he said.

Another aspect of the project, which began last year, is improving air links to regional airports, thus guaranteeing Thailand’s status as the principal air hub of the region, he said.

The symposium, entitled “Developing Phuket Airport Together for Greater Progress”, was organized by the AOT and presided over by Phuket Governor Wichai Phraisa-ngob.

Also attending were Phuket Provincial Administration Organization President Paiboon Upatising; Methee Tanmanatrakul of the Thailand Hotels Association Southern Chapter; AOT senior vice president in charge of engineering and information technology Somchai Sawasdeepon; Phuket Senator Thanyarat Achiriyachai and Phuket Vice Governor Teerayut Eimtrakul.

The aim of the meeting was to trade ideas about what kinds of improvements and development should be carried out to satisfy all parties.

— Nation Breaking News

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Road deaths2 hours ago

‘Drowsy’ driver crashes van, killing 3 Laotian workers

Thailand3 hours ago

Is the dream over? China walks back Belt & Road ambitions

Politics4 hours ago

Prasert levels 6-billion corruption accusations at Prayut

Sponsored6 hours ago

Segafredo Zanetti Coffee teamed up with Bangkok Airways and hosted “Bangkok Airways Surf Festival 2022”

Thailand4 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Baht plunges to 38 against USD for the first time in 16 years

Phuket4 hours ago

Phuket dwellers honour 10th Lunar Month

Thailand4 hours ago

Thai govt owes 100 million baht to hospitality industry

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand5 hours ago

BMA reveals Bangkok druggies buy yaba online 

Phuket5 hours ago

Delivery driver & customer brawl over payment in Phuket

Transport5 hours ago

Thai Airways flying high at Skytrax Awards

Thailand6 hours ago

Soi Dog Foundation steps up fight against rabies and dog meat trade in Vietnam

Visa6 hours ago

Thailand to extend Smart Visa scheme to draw talent

Cannabis6 hours ago

Can I take cannabis on domestic flights in Thailand?

Thailand6 hours ago

Thailand pays 3.8 billion baht for first train hub in hospital

Transport7 hours ago

Bomb scare on flight from San Francisco to Singapore

South7 hours ago

English teacher’s body found in South Thailand

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending