Overcrowded airport to get some breathing space
Notoriously overcrowded Phuket International Airport will soon get some breathing space, thanks to Airports of Thailand’s endorsement of a 145 million baht (€3.5 million) budget to build a temporary airport terminal.
According to the Bangkok Post, the terminal is a stopgap measure to deal with the severe space crunch at the airport before its expansion ends in 2015, and will add room for an extra three million passengers a year.
Located away from the existing terminal, the temporary facility is expected to be completed in December, equipped with 10 check-in counters. It will host passengers on international charter flights.
Phuket International Airport, whose traffic volume is expected to hit 10.5 million in 2013, was built to handle 6.5 million passengers annually. The ongoing expansion project will increase Phuket’s annual passenger handling to 12.5 million. The Airports of Thailand board is also considering a second runway.
TTG Asia / Bangkok Post
[Pictured: CG image of how the airport may look once completed]