AIRPORT PHUKET

AIRPORT PHUKET

Phuket International Airport is an airport serving Phuket Province of Thailand. It is in the north of Phuket Island, 32 kilometres from the centre of Phuket City.

The airport plays a major role in Thailand’s tourism industry, as Phuket Island is a popular resort destination. It is the third busiest airport in Thailand in terms of passengers, after Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport in the Bangkok metropolitan area.

The airport has two terminals: Terminal 1 is used for international flights, and Terminal 2 for domestic flights. Terminal X for charter flights opened in February 2014.

Due to record-setting passenger numbers, the airport has undergone a 5.14 billion baht expansion and renovation which will be completed in March 2016. A test flight will use the new terminal on 14 February. Testing will be conducted through May, and the terminal will be officially opened on 1 June.

The capacity of the new international terminal is five million passengers per year. The expansion increases airport capacity to 12.5 million passengers a year from its previous capacity of 6.5 million.