AOT to upgrade Phuket Airport to accommodate more passengers


BANGKOK, 29 April 2011 (NNT) – Airports of Thailand Plc (AOT) is planning to elevate the standard of Phuket International Airport to accommodate the rising number of passengers.

According to the statistics during the first six months of the 2011 fiscal year, or from October 2010 to March 2011, the number of travelers at Phuket International Airport has increased by 13.94 percent year-on-year. The number of flights has also risen by 18.91 percent with a total of 36 airlines operating services to 60 cities in 23 countries.

After paying a visit to Phuket International Airport, AOT Chairman and Independent Director Tirapol Noparumpa indicated that the company had drawn up a project to improve the airport’s facilities in order to heighten convenience for commuters and ease congestion within the premises.

With the completion date expected in September this year, the project includes renovations of passenger terminals and departure halls as well as upgrades of baggage claim belts, aerobridges, docking guidance signs, walk-through body scanners, CCTVs and check-in counters.