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The large five-storey car park at Phuket airport, ready in January

Airport Carpark For 1000 'Open in January'

Monday, October 28, 2013
PHUKET: The new five-storey carpark at Phuket International Airport should be ready for January, General Manager Prathuang Somkhom said today.

''Terminal X will be ready at the same time,'' he told Phuketwan, ''provided there are no major delays cause by bad weather.''

Terminal X will cater mostly for charter flights. The new high-rise carpark will hold 1000 cars.

Khun Prathuang also said that by January, the airport should have parking bays for another five aircraft - lifting the airport's maximum capacity by 15 to 20 flights a day.

A new security fence is going up around the Phuket facility's boundaries, another sign that standards are being lifted.

In some areas, Phuket already excels. It's now rated by Airports of Thailand as a stand-alone managed airport, enabling decision to be made more quickly.

In some areas, Phuket has taken the lead. Suvarnabhuvi has signs in three languages - Thai, English and Chinese.

But in the Phuket facility, the signs are in four languages, with Russian added.

Khun Prathuang is overseeing a strategy for the airport's expansion that he says will take Phuket's arrivals and departures capacity beyond the envisaged 12.5 million passengers to 20 million.

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Will end up full of mini busses & taxis

Posted by paul on October 30, 2013 11:24

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If you have something constructive to add, paul, please try hard to do so. Otherwise there's no point in adding your preformed opinions. Guesswork? Don't bother. There is nothing to indicate that the car park won't be properly controlled.

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Good news, nice to able to park there for the short business trips and know that the car is safe inside.

Posted by Sailor on October 30, 2013 11:44

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There is nothing to indicate it will be! Nothing to do with preformed opinions, more to do with form. On current form, this is the way things are going! Alan, you need to seperate the reality from what you want reality to be or the reality that you try impose on this blog.

Posted by paul on October 30, 2013 12:08

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You opinion, paul, has no value unless it is based on the facts. And the fact is, the airport is being worked over by an experienced team from Bangkok. We have every confidence that the changes will be effective. And the days of the know-nothing Doomsayers are being left behind, at long last. Get it into your head, paul. That's the reality.

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I have no doubt that the Bangkokians are 'working over' the airport. So far all of these schemes have had almost zero impact. FACT.

Perhaps, you may need to step outside your 'wan-world' to gain some perspective, get that into your head.

Posted by Paul on October 30, 2013 12:32

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Paul, our journalists are in touch on a daily basis with developments that are reported regularly in Phuketwan. If you don't want to believe what we tell you, that's fine. But people with stone between their ears who recite the same foolish Doomsayers' manta - ''nothing is going to change'' - are cheerleaders for the corrupt society that we aim to reform. You have to decide whether you want change, or be a cheerleader for corruption. And to bleat on would simply prove you are a sheep.

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Once again Alan, you feel the need to resort to insults and name calling. I dont feel the need to go there, how is the sale of your blog going???

Posted by paul on October 30, 2013 18:59

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If you wish to be a cheerleader for corruption, you can expect to be pinned with a few unfavorable labels, paul. Your interest in our welfare is heartening.

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Alan - this "cheerleader for corruption" mantra is becoming a bit moronic and unnecessarily insulting to commenters with e.g. genuine concerns about the ability of the authorities to follow through with trumpeted "new" initiatives, many of which are just smoke and mirrors. It is generally only you who, by your often vicious retorts on this site are creating a polarising "them and us" (i.e. if you are not for me you are against me) atmosphere, and it is doing a massive disservice to the genuine and caring voice and views of other long term expat residents like yourself, and creating, or at least exacebating major divisions of opinions where they need not otherwise exist.. You need to allow the occasional dissenting voice in a comments section (note - I did not say discussion forum) Having followed PW for a long time now, I would say that your reporting is good, but your tolerance for differing points of view is cancerous, and the sooner you calm down the better for your avid readers and your blood pressure..

Posted by phonus balonus on October 30, 2013 19:31

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Yes, there is a major division in Phuket's expat community, phonus balonus - between those of us who see the need for change and work towards it, and a small but noisy group who believe nothing will ever change. They persist in telling us so, over and over again. Intelligent people understand that change is inevitable. I don't have any problems with opinions expressed with logic and with facts taken into account. ''Nothing is going to change'' is not logical or factual. Those who don't think change will happen and have nothing to add would be wise to add nothing.

Just so other readers understand where I'm coming from, the comment that started this was: Will end up full of mini busses & taxis. - paul

My response: If you have something constructive to add, paul, please try hard to do so. Otherwise there's no point in adding your preformed opinions. Guesswork? Don't bother. There is nothing to indicate that the car park won't be properly controlled.

My blood pressure is just fine, but thank you for asking.

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Well then clearly you are saying that you have no problem with people who agree with your view, and so the tone of this site and your blood pressure will never change. You need to recognise that great minds don't always think alike. It's insulting.

Posted by phonus balonus on October 30, 2013 20:07

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Great minds, regrettably, do not seem to gather in large numbers on Phuket. Fortunately we have many commenters who are intelligent and open-minded and who can embrace the idea that change, as a universal principle, is inevitable. There are still people who believe the earth is flat, phonus balonus, and it would be foolish for us to promote that opinion. It would be equally wrong for us to promote the views of corruption's cheerleaders.

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The "small but noisy group who believe nothing will ever change." appear to comprise about 95% of your respondents. ever thought about closing the comments section so you don't appear to be so manic, and garner such a ludicrous reputation throughout the right-minded forums and chatrooms of phuket?

Posted by phonus balonus on October 30, 2013 20:21

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You're entitled to your opinion, phonus balonus. A shame there's no logic and not one single fact. Like 95 percent of PW readers, I can live without the ''right-minded forums and chatrooms of phuket.''

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Time will tell if my original comment will come true! Alas, I feel the PW may not see the time when said carpark is open & running. If I am wrong on both counts, I will be happy to put my hand up and say so. Unlike you I can accept being wrong and dont feel the need to impose my will on others.

Posted by paul on October 31, 2013 08:47

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paul, there was a time before the Internet when only members of the public who bothered to write letters to newspapers had their opinions published, and they needed to know what they were talking about to get into print. They also needed to prove their identities. These days, anybody with an opinion thinks they have to tell someone about it - even if their opinion is pure guesswork. You haven't been at any of the many meetings that have change the thinking about the future of the airport. Your opinion is guesswork and for that reason, it has no value. Why impose it on us?

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Don't know why anyone should doubt the parking will be done and ready as soon as possible, after all it is both a service to the public and a business, because it will not be free. Providing parking services is a very lucrative business , I am more surprised it was not made already many years back.

Posted by Sailor on October 31, 2013 13:59


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