Transit passengers at Thai airports decline

BANGKOK, 24 April 2017: Transit passengers using Thai airports to connect with onward flights declined in March by 10.95%, according to Airports of Thailand’s data for March.

AoT reported that all of its supervised airports served 11,629,468 passengers up 8.49% from 10,719,026 when compared with the same month in 2016.

But the role of Thailand’s major airports as gateways declined with 68,864 transit passengers, down 10.95% from 77,329 in March 2016.

In a breakdown of passenger traffic at all airports, last March, AoT reported 5,710,597 were disembarking passengers (+8.37% from 5,269,708); 5,850,007 embarking (+8.90% from 5,371,989).

Overall, aircraft movements also increased by 8.48% from 65,599 to 71,161.

For the first three months of the year, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport handled 16.10 million passenger movements followed by Don Mueang with 9.62 million and Phuket 4.65 million. Chiang Mai Airport handled 2.74 million.

March highlights  

Suvarnabhumi Airport registered a slight decrease of 1.06% in international aircraft movements from 22,384 to 22,146, while domestic aircraft movements grew 12.68% from 6,552 to 7,383 movements.

International passenger traffic increased 2.47% from 4,245,656 to 4,350,448. Of that, 2,083,329 were disembarking (+1.98%; 2,042,855); 2,215,825 embarking (+3.70%; 2,136,671); and 51,294 transiting (-22.43%; 66,130). Domestic passengers grew 13.83% from 870,163 to 990,520.

The second aviation gateway, Don Mueang Airport, recorded a 5.32% increase in international aircraft movements from 6,693 to 7,049. Domestic movements posted an improvement of 14.39% from 12,981 to 14,849.

International passenger traffic increased 10.80% from 1,060,636 to 1,175,179. Of that, 578,405 were disembarking (+10.41%; 523,877); 588,618 embarking (+11.37%; 528,517); and 8,156 transiting (-1.04%; 8,242). Domestic passengers increased 12.27% from 1,910,098 to 2,144,416.

Chiang Mai International Airport continued to show growth in March. International aircraft movements registered an increase of 16.99% (1,307 to 1,529), while domestic aircraft movements increased 18.21% (4,124 to 4,875).

International passenger traffic increased 6.76% from 175,674 to 187,552. Of that,  91,013 were disembarking (+4.80%; 86,843); 93,875 embarking (+6.62%; 88,050); and 2,664 transiting (+241.10%; 781). Domestic traffic gained 13.74% from 579,072 to 658,634.

Phuket International Airport registered improved of 9.26% in international aircraft movements from 4,253 to 4,647, while domestic aircraft movements grew 10.03% from 4,078 to 4,487.

International passenger traffic increased 11.52% from 764,080 to 852,089. Of that, 411,138 were disembarking (+10.82%; 370,983); 437,056 embarking (+11.20%; 393,025); and 3,895 transiting (+5,309.72; 72). Domestic traffic improved 6.51% from 625,770 to 666,516.

Chiang Rai International Airport reported an improvement of 17.39% in international aircraft movements from 46 to 54, while domestic aircraft movements grew 33.79% from 1,098 to 1,469.

International passenger traffic increased 187.43% from 2,299 to 6,608. Of that, 3,601 were disembarking (+174.89%; 1,310); 3,006 embarking (+203.94%; 989) and one transiting up from zero during the same month last year. Domestic traffic increased 29.23% from 154,383 to 199,506.

Hat Yai International Airport reported a 16.00% decline in international aircraft movements from 150 to 126, while domestic aircraft movements grew 31.76% from 1,933 to 2,547.

International passenger traffic decreased 11.07% from 21,110 to 18,774.  Of that, 9,360 were disembarking (-12.46%; 10,692); 9,414 embarking (-9.64%; 10,418); and no transiting as was the case in same month in 2016. Domestic traffic increased 22.30% from 310,085 to 379,226.

1 COMMENT

  1. all tourism numbers declined significantly by 10-20% officially, except tat numbers which are forever expected huge increase.

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