27th Apr 2023
Hua Hin Airport Gears Up for a Boost in International Flights Amid Expansion Efforts.
As per Phoenix Group CEO John LaRoche, Hua Hin Airport is set to witness an upswing in international flights in the coming months. The group has been overseeing the airport’s upgrade and expansion projects. LaRoche recently shared his insights during the Royal Coast Riviera Club meeting on Friday, April 21, highlighting that despite numerous challenges, including the global pandemic, the airport is poised to welcome more international flights later this year.
LaRoche stated, “My personal opinion is that we will see the first international flight land just after the election, although I won’t speculate on the significance of that date.”
During the pandemic, the Phoenix Group has performed multiple enhancements at Hua Hin Airport to prepare for increased air traffic. These improvements include constructing a perimeter fence to bolster security and expanding the runway to align with international safety standards.
Hua Hin Today reported that the Thai government had earmarked 750 million baht for further upgrades, scheduled to commence in 2024. These enhancements will include a significant expansion of the main terminal building and another gate to accommodate domestic and international arrivals.
LaRoche revealed that several airlines have already signed MOUs with the airport, including Go First from India, Great Bay Airlines from Hong Kong, and China Express from China. These agreements are expected to result in approximately five international flights landing at Hua Hin Airport daily by the end of the first year. An MOU is also in place with Nok Air for flights to Singapore and Phuket.
The targeted international destinations are within an approximate five-hour flight radius of Hua Hin, making the airport accessible for A320s or 737s.
LaRoche anticipates that AirAsia will soon resume its flight route between Hua Hin and Kuala Lumpur. He expressed optimism about significant advancements concerning additional flights at Hua Hin Airport in the upcoming weeks. Initially announced in 2021, the Hua Hin Airport overhaul aimed to accommodate up to one million passengers within three years.