Hat Yai Airport is one of the six international airports in Thailand. It is located in the province of Songkhla and is primarily serving the Southern Thailand market.
Hat Yai Airport is situated in a business zone in Songkhla, making it known as the trading center of the south. It is 9-kilometers away from downtown Hat Yai.
The airport is a good place to fly in and out of, whether the reason is for business or pleasure. It has also played a major role in providing flights to thousands of Muslims making the annual pilgrimage to Mecca each year.
Among the airlines flying in and out of Hat Yai Airport are Bangkok Airways, Kunming Airlines, Malindo Air, Nok Air, Scoot, Thai AirAsia, Thai Lion Air, and Thai Smile.
The government of Thailand in 2015 planned to improve and expand Hat Yai Airport after it started servicing more than its designed passenger capacity in 2015 - 3.56 million passengers as against its designed capacity of 2.5 million. With the expansion, Hat Yai Airport was seen to accommodate 10 million passengers by 2030.
Hat Yai Airport has the basic facilities for travellers: money exchange booths, ATMs, retail outlets, left-luggage facilities, free Wi-Fi, mobile-charging ports, facilities for the disabled, car parking, car-rental services, and information desks.
For disabled passengers, assistance can be arranged through reaching Hat Yai Airport at +66 7422 7000, or through the chosen airlines.
Dining areas are located on the second floor of the airport and throughout the terminal. Among the dining outlets found at the airport are Dunkin’ Donuts, Dairy Queen, Kopi Tiam, and Cafe Ritazza.
Taxis can be found right as you exit the Hat Yai Airport. You may opt to negotiate with the cab drivers who usually ask around 250 baht or you can seek assistance from the Airport Taxi booth located inside the airport.
Hat Yai Airport offers a limousine service to passengers to their desired destinations, and transport services usually cost 300 baht.
A ticket booth for minivans is located outside the airport. Mini van services are offered around the city, from and to the airport, where fares cost 100 baht.
This method is by far the cheapest among the available options. Taking the songthaew - one of the main transportation options in Thailand - costs only around 30 baht each passenger. Songthaews can be found at the far-end of the airport’s parking lot.
Car-rental booths can be found inside the airport. Among the car-rental companies offering services are Budget and Avis.