Thailand's airports are vital for both domestic and international travel, as the country is a popular tourist destination and a major transportation hub in Southeast Asia. With a range of airports located throughout the country, visitors can easily access Thailand's diverse regions, from the bustling cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai to the tropical beaches of Phuket and Koh Samui. In addition to the airports listed above, Thailand also has a number of smaller regional airports that cater to local travel and tourism.
Thai airport infrastructure
An increase of international passenger numbers, combined with a strong domestic traffic, led Thailand to accelerate its program of investment in airport infrastructure.
Thailand is facing a slower growing number of traveler in the last 20 months, due to the recent political events. The figures show that while domestic traffic rose 16.1%, the increase was offset by a 5.6% decrease in international passengers. Overall, the six airports run by Airports of Thailand (AOT) experienced an increase of 37.8% in passenger numbers (each year) and a 25% increase in number of flights.
The pressure is felt on many provincial airports that have launched major modernization programs. This program should greatly open up certain cities, increase tourism and air freight and reduce the crowds on the Bangkok airport.
Suvarnabhumi should increase its capacity as Don Meuang – second air hub of the capital – with the construction of a new terminal that will be ready in December 2016. The airport primarily serves low cost airline flights, and this increase in air freight relieve Suvarnabhumi.
To know more about Bangkok main airport, check their website : Suvarnabhumi Airport
While the two largest airports in Bangkok are the main focus of these investments, the government also target secondary airports in order to strengthen regional networks, with facilities in Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hat Yai and Chiang Rai.
AOT also seeks to enlarge Mae Sot airport, on the Burmese border, in anticipation of expected growth through special economic zone in the region. The Department of Transportation has announced an investment plan of 298 million baht for the project, which includes the acquisition of additional land for the expansion of the airport, with completion expected in 2018.
Thai airways, official national airline company of Thailand.
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FAQ | Airports in Thailand
What is the busiest airport in Thailand?
The busiest airport in Thailand is Suvarnabhumi Airport, located in Bangkok.
Which airlines operate in Thailand?
Thailand has a number of airlines operating within the country, including Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, AirAsia, Thai Lion Air, and Nok Air.
How many airports are there in Thailand?
There are over 30 airports in Thailand, ranging from major international airports to smaller regional airports.
What is the process for clearing customs and immigration at Thai airports?
Upon arrival at a Thai airport, visitors must first go through immigration to have their passports stamped. They will then proceed to baggage claim to collect their luggage and then go through customs inspection. Visitors are required to declare any goods that exceed the duty-free allowance and may be subject to additional inspections or fees for certain items.
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