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The airport crush could be all in the past once Phuket airport grows

New Phuket Airport Contract Ticking, Says AoT

Saturday, September 1, 2012
PHUKET: The clock is now ticking on the Phuket International Airport expansion with the winning constructor's contract starting today on the 5.7 billion baht project.

As Phuketwan forecast, Sino-Thai Engineering & Construction Public Company has 31 months in which to finish the job.

That means intrepid travellers who have put up with less than satisfactory conditions arriving and departing on Phuket may eventually enjoy nirvana in February 2015.

A formal announcement was made by Airports of Thailand at a media gathering in Phuket City yesterday evening.

The new international terminal will be built first. That should take about one year, after which the building housing the Phuket airport's administration will go up, followed by a car park for 1500 vehicles.

The completed airport will be capable of handling five million international arrivals and departures plus 7.5 million domestic arrivals and departures.

International passengers will arrive on the building's second floor and be processed through Immigration on the third floor.

A viewing platform, restaurants and other services will be available on the third floor.

The extension will expand the number of docking point for aircraft from 15 to 25. and air bridges will increase from seven to 11.

Phuket is currently handling as many as 20 flights per hour and because there is only a single runway, this will not increase.

A study next year will look at a proposal to increase the length of the runway so larger aircraft can land on Phuket.

AoT officials said last night that under the scale of safety for airports, with five at the top, Phuket is rated at three.

At present 30 airlines operate scheduled flights in and out of Phuket, plus five charter brands.

Phuket is rapidly growing busier with an average of 75 flights per day in 2012 compared to 54 per day a year ago. In 2011, Phuket airport averaged 506 flights per week and handled 8.4 million passengers coming and going.

That increase of 11 percent is likely to continue this year, with officials expecting Phuket to handle a total of 9.32 million passengers.

Plans for the expansion of the airport were first revealed in 2008. The four-year gap before appointing a contractor means that Phuket tourists, coming in rapidly increasing numbers, sometimes must endure sub-standard and slow processing coming or going.


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Your report of 150m runway? It is actually 3,000m X 45m

Posted by Anonymous on September 1, 2012 13:00


A 150m "long" runway would indeed be very short, good only for ducks and alike.

Phuket 09 / 27 RWY is 9842 ft or 3000m in length and 148 ft or 45m wide with an additional 60m stopway.

You can find the official Jeppesen charts here

Posted by Andrew on September 1, 2012 13:10

Editor Comment:

Thanks, we'll fix it.


Lets see- plans for expansion made on 2008 numbers, tourism increased by how much percent since? To mis-quote 'Jaws"- we're gonna need a bigger airport. 1500 car parking spaces is not going to be a huge increase either given the yearly rise of taxis and minibuses blocking access for those of us trying to find a slot. Whilst I welcome the expansion why not super size now and put back another build in 2020? Although we all know how big projects work in Phuket one big brown envelope now instead of several in the future is deffo the way ahead.

Posted by Mister Ree on September 1, 2012 21:42

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