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Thailand Considers Building New Airports for Phuket and Chiang Mai

 

 

On 8 March 2018, Dr.Somkid Jatusripitak, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, Mr.Arkom Termpittayapaisith, Minister of Transport and Mr.Pairin Chuchotethavorn, Deputy Minister of Transport visited the Airports of Thailand Plc. (AOT) to discuss on how to manage the increasing number of tourists beyond the capacity of several airports in the country. AOT proposed a plan to build new airports to serve Phuket and Chiang Mai but will be located in Phang Nga Provice and Lampoon Province respectively. The new airport in Phang Nga, which costs 75 billion baht (2.4 billion USD), would accommodate 10 million passengers annually. The new airport in Lampoon would have similar capacity. Both projects will be considered by the board of directors of AOT in April or May 2018. 

Dr.Somkid also requested AOT to study the possibility to disperse the overloading number of tourists in Suvannabhumi and Don Mueang airports to enter the kingdom through other airports in smaller provinces so as to complement the government’s policy to develop tourism in less popular areas. At the same time, a new satellite building, the construction of a third runway and the expansion of the terminal of Suvannabhumi are in progress and will be completed by the end of 2020. 

Source: Prachachart Thurakit, 15-18 March 2018

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