Phuket Airport expansion to include private jet terminal

26 May 2009

Phuket International Airport’s ongoing expansion is likely to include a separate terminal for private jets, Thai newspapers have reported.

The country’s second busiest aviation hub is said to be handling nearly 100 private jets a month.

Airports of Thailand (AoT), which runs its six main airports, will soon go into discussion with parties interested to develop a VIP terminal, providing five-star hospitality services, said Prathuang Sornkom Phuket, airport general manager.

The project is envisioned to further enhance the southern resort island’s growing profile as a getaway for affluent travellers as well as base for high-calibre business figures. Since civil unrest last year led to an unprecedented shutdown of Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, it has been thought prudent to develop the Kingdom's other gateways such as Phuket.

Under AoT’s five-year bluerpint from this year to 2013, THB5 million (US$145,900) will be invested to improve Phuket Airport’s congestion problems. Passenger capacity will be increased to 11.5 million passengers a year from the current 6.5 million annually.

Margie T Logarta

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