Thai PM Srettha Thavisin Commits to Elevating Thailand’s Airports to International Standards

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On July 7th, 2024, Thai Government spokesperson Chai Watcharong announced that Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin is committed to enhancing Thailand’s airports to international standards.

The aim is to elevate service standards and aviation safety to international levels, propelling Thailand’s aviation industry towards becoming the regional aviation hub.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Transport Suriya Juangroongruangkit is spearheading efforts to meet the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States standards, enhancing aviation safety and expanding flight routes to the U.S. and other countries.

Suriya aims to position Thailand as a regional Aviation Hub. Suvarnabhumi Airport has been ranked among the top 58 airports globally for 2024, rising from 68th in 2023. Meanwhile, Don Mueang Airport is among the top 10 best low-cost airline terminals worldwide.

Additionally, Suvarnabhumi Airport is undergoing expansion to add 81,000 square meters for passenger accommodation, with a third runway set to open in September 2024, increasing flight capacity to 94 flights per hour from 68.

By 2029, Thailand’s airports aim to be in the global top 20, handling 170 million passengers and 1 million flights annually. By 2034, the target is 210 million passengers and 1.2 million flights annually.

From October 2023 to May 2024, Thai airports served 81.05 million passengers, recovering 83.4% of the traffic compared to 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic.

This includes 48.95 million international and 32.09 million domestic passengers, with a total of 490,970 flights, recovering 80.9% compared to 2019, according to the Thai Government spokesperson.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Pattaya News, owned by our parent company TPN media.

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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 five 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.