Phuket Airport Set to Undergo Major Expansion


Phuket Airport is set to undergo a major expansion with the construction of a new international terminal, projected to increase its capacity from 12.5 million passengers annually to 18 million. Airport Director Monchai Tanod confirmed that the design phase for the new terminal is underway, with completion expected this year.

The need for expansion is driven by the airport’s current traffic, which nearly matches pre-COVID-19 levels. Last month, Phuket Airport handled approximately 16,000 domestic passengers per day, representing 90% of its pre-pandemic domestic traffic. International traffic has already surpassed previous levels, with an average of 22,000 arrivals and departures daily, 7% higher than in 2019.

Monchai anticipates that passenger numbers this year will reach or exceed the 2019 total of 18 million. The new terminal, expected to commence construction in 2026 and slated for completion within three years, is designed to enhance the capacity and efficiency of handling international flights.

In addition to the new terminal, plans are also in place for a dedicated terminal for seaplanes, part of a broader vision to expand and modernize the airport’s facilities. The Airports of Thailand (AOT) has allocated a budget of 6 billion baht for this development.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.