Phuket International Airport is planning to commence work on its expansion project this November, with plans for the first phase including work on the runway’s landing and take-off areas, including the refuelling zone, as well as the airport’s internal road system. Work will also start at the same time on the car park and buildings for housing a new cargo office, the Airports of Thailand (AoT) office and the airport’s fire service. Furthermore, construction of the new international terminal and refurbishment work on the domestic terminal are expected to begin in July 2012.
All of the new announcements regarding the 5.8 billion baht project that has been approved by the Cabinet on December 1, 2009 came from Mr. Toompetch Boonyaridh, AoT Communications Office Vice President. He also added that the completion estimate for the entire project is no later than May 31, 2014, with the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning also being involved in the plans.
Further details regarding the current expansion plans, as well as what will happen after 2014, are expected to be provided after Friday’s meeting of the AoT board on Phuket island.
The current expansion plans aim to provide a solution to the increasing peak period queues formed at both Phuket’s International Airport and Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport’s Immigration offices, among both arriving and departing visitors. The queues are becoming a major source of concern as Phuket’s airport has already exceeded its predicted capacity by servicing more than seven million arriving and departing customers last year. Furthermore, predictions for 2011 indicate the airport may face a rise to up to eight million comings and goings