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AoT approves B60bn airport for Phang Nga ‘in principle’

AoT approves B60bn airport for Phang Nga ‘in principle’

PHUKET: The board of Airports of Thailand (AoT) has approved “in principle” construction of second airports for Phuket and for Chiang Mai with a combined planned investment of B120 billion.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 25 May 2018, 04:15PM


An aircraft awaits departure at Phuket International Airport. Photo: The Phuket News / file

An aircraft awaits departure at Phuket International Airport. Photo: The Phuket News / file

AoT president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn today (May 25) the board approved the plans in principle for fiscal years 2019-2023, with each project allocated B60bn, reported the Bangkok Post. (See story here.)

Phuket’s “second airport” is planned to be located in the Khok Kloi subdistrict, just north of Phuket, a senior official at the AoT office at Phuket International Airport confirmed to The Phuket News this afternoon (May 25).

“The planned site covers 4,700 rai, but at this stage the project is still in its policy development stage,” the official said.

Meanwhile, Ban Thi district in neighbouring Lamphun province has been earmarked as the site for Chiang Mai’s second airport.

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The two sites are each about 20-30km away from the existing airports, said reports.

Construction is expected to begin in 2019 and be completed no later than 2025, with each facility built to accommodate about 10 million passengers a year, Mr Nitinai said.

AoT board chairman Prasong Phunthanet was cited as saying that the planned second airports would cater to the rising number of visitors to these destinations and ease overcrowding at the existing airports.

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DeKaaskopp | 26 May 2018 - 20:06:07

"First more and better water/electric supply,faster normal smart internet".Seeing ones enormous output of comments,i think his own electric/internet supply is working very well!
Regarding:PS-How is the new public bus service...How about buying a ticket,going on that bus and see it for yourself? Maybe it lives up to your high expectations/standards.

Kurt | 26 May 2018 - 13:34:21

P.S: How is the new Phuket public bus service doing along the west coast?

Kurt | 26 May 2018 - 10:38:19

Approved 'in pronciple'.
Building another Phuket airport will put more pressure on the weak infrastructure of Phuket island.
More, more tourists? First more and better water/electric supply, faster normal smart internet, able to coop with the daily amount of waste and rubbish, 365 days a year no stories in newspapers about beach lifeguards. And so on.

Timothy | 26 May 2018 - 08:27:48

Build more airports! Ten million more passengers per year! Hey, how's about some basic infrastructure? Like maybe a more sophisticated sewage system than the current 'dump it into a canal and let it flow to the sea'? 

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