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An almost OK airport!
Jul 13, 2009 01:28 PM 1704 Views
(Updated Jul 13, 2009 06:40 PM)





I am dreaming that one day I will see a better Phuket airport. Now, Phuket airport( with a single runway) is quite small for its level of traffic. it will be a real problem in the future because of a lot barrier such as environmental restrictions that have been imposed to all islands in the country. According to their website, the full renovation will not get done until 2016.

It is an L shape airport located in the northern part of the Island. Formerly, it was used by the army( Just like most airports in Airport). So, it means Thailand never palnned ahead of how the airport could handle the large volume of aircrafts in the future. it is time for the government to wake up as Phuket is one of most polular destination in the country. It's their job to manage the taxes they have collected from the passengers.

I still believe that reclaiming the land to build an airport on it is the right solution even though it can cost a lot of money. Osaka, Macau, Xiamen and Langkawi airports were also built on the reclaimed land.

Phuket Airport( HKT) is the second busiest airport after suvannabhumi. You can fly directly to Australia and Europe and most cities in Asia. However, the Terminal building is smaller than Chaing Mai Airport. In Chiang Mai, we have separate international teminal.

It serves a lot of non-scheduled flights from Europe in summer time. So, the AOT has built up Terminal II for non-scheduled flights. THAI CEO's mentality is anachronistic. They think everybody will fly in Bangkok first so they do not increase enough international flights to Phuket while many foreign airlines are making money.

I used this airport a few times. The airport is quite user-friendly. There are many choices of food, adequately airport facilities. Most airport staffs are provided by THAI airways. Things that the airport authorities has to improve is the parking space and enlarge the immigration area so people do not have to wait for too long.

I think it will be better if the airport is run by somebody else, not the government in terms of competition.

You cannot find updated about this airport. Nobody told me that the flight to Penang is already resumed by firefly( MAS's lowcost airlines).

From Airport to town, you can take Airport Bus that would cost you from 15-85 bhat

For Taxi, It can go around 300-500 bhat depending on the distance

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