Phuket Airport to get an overhaul to accommodate more travelers


BANGKOK, 12 March 2013  Airports of Thailand (AOT) is set to push ahead with an overhaul of Phuket International Airport to help it accommodate an expected surge in travelers’ number. 

Acting AOT President Somchai Sawasdeepon said that there have been more and more air travelers passing through Suvarnabhumi Airport to Phuket Airport in recent times.

Mr. Somchai said it is estimated that the number of travelers to visit Phuket by air will rise to 10 million this year.

However, as Phuket International Airport can only handle 6.5 million passengers each year, there has been an urgent need for an improvement of the facilities.

The Acting AOT President stated that an overhaul to boost Phuket Airport’s capacity is now underway.

He added that the improvement is scheduled to be completed by May 3, after which the airport’s annual capacity will nearly double to 12.5 million.