AoT expands Chiang Mai airport

January 31, 2014 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

CHIANG MAI, 31 January 2014: Airports of Thailand says it is improving Chiang Mai International Airport to accommodate a surge in traffic demand, especially from China.

The work includes adding an apron for large aircraft, expanding  international arrivals and domestic departure halls, refurbishing toilets, and building an OTOP centre.

Chiang Mai International Airport general manager wing Commander, Lukchai Chaleoyprach, said the work will be completed this year and will streamline facilities to help position the city as the country’s second tier gateway alongside Phuket to relieve pressure off Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The airport also plans to extend operating hours beyond the current 0600 to 2400, to 24-hours, to accommodate charter flights from China departing the mainland after midnight, effective April.

While Chiang Mai Airport has the capacity to handle 8 million passengers, the current upgrade will address a shortage of aircraft slots at peak hours.

After the completion, the international arrival hall’s space will be increased to 3,000 sqm from 1,000 sqm currently, while the domestic departure hall will increase to 3,500 sqm from 1,000 sqm now.

The OTOP Centre will be established over a plot of land in the airport now used as car park at a cost of Bt5.7 million.

The increase in traffic through the airport has been spurred by low-cost carriers. Currently, there are eight airlines operating domestic flights on 14 routes, and there are 19 carriers operating international flights through Chiang Mai with 18 routes.

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