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Detail of the increasing number of docks for aircraft at Phuket International Airport

Phuket Airport Expansion Can Grow to 15 Million

Monday, August 23, 2010
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EXPECT disruptions as Phuket International Airport undergoes the major expansion that will lift its capacity to be able to handle 12.5 million arriving and departing passengers a year.

The President of Airports of Thailand, Serirat Prasutanond, said today that it might be possible to expand still further, but 15 million would be the upward limit because the airport perimeter was finite.

He was speaking at a special seminar at Central Festival Phuket. To grow to 15 million, existing staff quarters at the southern edge of the airport would need to be demolished.

The size of the airport represents a key brake on how fast and how far Phuket can develop.

Today's seminar was an attempt to listen to people on Phuket before construction begins in 2011, with a development firm yet to be chosen.

The enlargement would be finished in March, 2014. The existing terminal will become the domestic terminal and a new international terminal will be built.

Methee Tanmanatragul, former President of the Southern Chapter of the Thai Hotels Association, put in a plea for Phuket's new airport to be built to top international standards.

The 5.8 billion baht airport should be complete in March 2014, Khun Serirat said.

Tourism industry leaders have urged a strategy to be devised for Phuket's future to match the growth of Phuket to the upwards limits of the airport.

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Even with the current levels of tourism we have major problems, especially with infrastructure. How on earth will the authorities cope with the huge increase?

Expect greed and corruption to overtake the needs of the environment - just another step towards an very unattractive concrete jungle that will actually deter visitors.

Learning curve?

Posted by Graham on August 24, 2010 13:04

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Phuket lost it charm, its green, clean and friendly image already with the current level of occupation and tourist-amounts. Better conserve And improve what we have then keeping expanding. For improvement we need to change the greedy mentality from developers, constructors and a huge change in attitude from politicians, authorities, police. And we should get ride of the scam from Tuk Tuk's, Taxi's (introduce Pattaya's system), Jet Ski's. And we should demand from our own (Expat) governments to keep the scum in their own countries. No more Lee Aldhouses here. Give Thai immigration background info from all who like to reside here. Do this on Bkk-level and not on local level.

Posted by PhuketExpat on August 24, 2010 14:25


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