Phuket International Airport (PIA) generated more income last year than any other airport in Thailand apart from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi, some 70 shareholders of Airports of Thailand Plc (AOT) heard on Friday.
PIA Acting Director Wing Commander Passakorn Surapipit said the airport saw revenue in 2010 of B2.217 billion. Net profit was B1.144 billion, an increase of 23.27 per cent on the 2009 figure, and higher than either 2007 or 2008, before the global financial crisis and the political turmoil last year in Bangkok affected revenue.
W/Cdr Passakorn also presented the 2009-2013 development and expansion plan for PIA, which will cost a total of B5.7 billion and will expand the airport’s capacity to 12.5 million passengers a year – this is the projected number of arrivals by the year 2020.
One of the shareholders suggested that transport facilities between the airport and other parts of the island should be improved; she said that it was her experience that there were not enough public buses for tourists and added that Thai tourists often complained about the high cost of rental car and taxi services.
W/Cdr Passakorn replied that the expansion plan would be able to mesh with any future provincial public transportation plan, includes new routes or forms of transport.
PIA currently receives has 537 flights per week from 44 airlines, 45 being charter flights and the remainder being scheduled services. The number of flights to the island has risen by an average of 13.37 per cent a year since 2006. The total number of passengers using the airport was about 6.8 million last year.