29th Feb 2020
Hua Hin province is envisioned to become an international tourist destination after the government of Thailand gave its go signal for the expansion of its airport.
The Thaiger reported on Wednesday that the government officially approved the expansion of the airport for 350 million baht in a bid to develop the Thai coast spanning the Hat Chao Sam Ran in Phetchaburi south to Chumphon to provide tourists with alternative options to more frequented destinations such as Phuket and Pattaya.
Of the total expenditures, 250 million baht will be allocated for the runway extension, while the remaining 100 million baht will be used for the construction of a new terminal.
The runway will be expanded to up to 45 meters while parking areas will be widened to accommodate larger aircraft. A total of five Boeing 737 fleet is expected to be handled simultaneously as compared with only two at present.
The expansion program is expected for completion in two to three years upon groundbreaking and will have the airport accommodate international flights from destinations such as China, South Korea, Hong Kong, and India. It is also expected to triple its handling capacity to 900 passengers per hour from only 300 currently.
Hua Hin Airport is only 15 minutes away from the town center and 300 kilometers away from Bangkok. Many people usually travel to the district by road, making the airport underused and prompting airlines Nok Air, Lion Air, and Siam General Aviation Company Ltd. (SGA Airlines) to suspend operations of chartered flights.