19th Feb 2020
The Department of Airports (DOA) is underway with the preparation for the tender of the 3.6-billion-baht airports' expansion.
In particular, the DOA is mulling over the construction of a new taxiway at Krabi Airport to boost its handling capacity to 25 flights per hour from only 10 at present. The allocated funding for the plan amounts to 1.35 billion baht.
Meanwhile, Narathiwat Airport is set to receive a new passenger terminal by 2023, with total funding of 800 million baht. Once complete, the airfield’s passenger capacity is set to jump to 1.7 million annually as against the 800,000 currently.
For Surat Thani Airport, the department is auctioning off worth 200 million baht which will be allocated for the expansion of the departure area and the construction of a jet bridge. Once complete, the airport’s handling capacity will be raised to 3.5 million yearly beginning 2022 from 2.3 million at present.
Lastly, Buriram Airport will receive some 775 million baht for the establishment of a new passenger terminal that will increase its serving capacity to 1.7 million a year from only 800,000 at present. Construction is expected for completion by 2022.
Gasisam-ang said terms of reference for Surat Thani, Krabi, and Narathiwat will be announced in March, while construction is targeted by August.
Bidding for Buriram, meanwhile, is scheduled in May this year.