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AoT forecasts 16.2% year-on-year increase in Phuket tourist arrivals over Songkran

AoT forecasts 16.2% year-on-year increase in Phuket tourist arrivals over Songkran

PHUKET: Airports of Thailand (AoT) have released forecasts for Phuket tourist arrivals over the Songkran period – from April 11 to 17, 2019, highlighting a significant year-on-year increase from 2018.

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By The Phuket News

Thursday 4 April 2019, 05:55PM


Phuket International Airport is expecting 458,000 tourist arrivals for Songkran between April 11 and 17 – a year-on-year increase of 16.2%. Photo: Premkamon Ketsara

Phuket International Airport is expecting 458,000 tourist arrivals for Songkran between April 11 and 17 – a year-on-year increase of 16.2%. Photo: Premkamon Ketsara

AoT President, Nitinai Siriratikarn, said on Wednesday (Apr 3) that Phuket International Airport is expecting 458,000 arrivals over the festive period, or an average of 65,400 people per day. This represents an increase of 16.2% on the same period in 2018.

Mr Nitinai also said that the airport expects to handle 2,300 flights over the seven-day period – an average of 330 flights per day which represents a decrease of 5.8% compared with the same period in 2018.

Phuket International Airport is one of the six major airports in Thailand that are expecting a high influx of tourist arrivals over Songkran. The other five are Suvarnabhumi in Samut Prakan, Don Mueang in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai in Songkhla and Mae Fah Luang in Chiang Rai.

In total, the six airports expect a total of 3.21 million arrivals between April 11 and April 17 – an average of 458,400 people each day. This represents an increase of 12.3% on 2018 figures.

The total number of flights that the six airports are forecast to handle over the period is 18,640 which is an average of 2,640 per day. This highlights a 6.1% increase compared with the same period in 2018.

Mr Nitinai announced the individual forecasts for the other five major airports over the seven-day period as follows:

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Suvarnabhumi Airport expects 1.37 million tourist arrivals (196,000 people per day), representing a 5.8% increase. The forecast for the total number of flights is 7,700, or 1,100 per day, representing an increase of 7%.

Don Mueang Airport expects 970,000 arrivals (138,000 per day), representing an 18% increase. The forecast for the total number of flights is 5,800, or 830 per day, representing an increase of 7.7%.

Chiang Mai Airport expects 246,000 arrivals (35,000 per day), representing a 19.7% increase. The forecast for the total number of flights is 1,640 flights or an average of 230 flights per day – an increase of 20%.

Hat Yai Airport is expecting 87,000 tourist arrivals over the period, or an average of 12,400 per day, representing a 3% increase. Total flights expected is 580 or an average of 80 flights per day. This highlights a decrease of 1.4% in comparison with the same period in 2018.

Mae Fah Luang Airport in Chiang Rai is expecting 80,000 arrivals in total, or 11,400 per day – an increase of 36.8%. The total number of flights expected is 440 or around 60 flights per day. This represents an increase of 6.3%.

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Kurt | 05 April 2019 - 10:13:31

When are the Phuket Authorities/Officials, suffering ostrich syndrome,  going to realise that Phuket has not the needed facilities/infra structures for any further tourist number increase. At this moment Phuket has almost no more water for it's 'own' inhabitants. Phuket can water reserve wise not handle/accommodate an extra 458,000 people on the island.

Shwe | 05 April 2019 - 05:51:19

Phuket Residents told to save water so more tourists can waste it during Songkran

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