Phuket airport ready for more passengers

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PHUKET, Jan 17 – The expansion of Phuket international airport, costing Bt5.8 billion, will be completed in the next few months, according to provincial governor Maitri Inthusut.

He said the newest terminal will be open for service next month while the construction of five more bays will finish after the Songkran festival in mid-April.

After the completion, Phuket airport will have 25 bays to service 20-30 more flights daily, he said.

After construction of the cargo terminal is finished in March, the old terminal will be demolished to pave the way for a new terminal, a parking building for 1,000 cars and an office. Construction will take four months.

Mr Maitri said Phuket airport serviced 37,000 passengers on 221 flights daily during Jan 1-12, after which the number dropped to 35,000 persons.

Traffic will be active again during the Chinese New Year late this month, he said.