Flights between Hua Hin and Phuket could be operating in the near future, according to Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
As reported earlier, a meeting held last Sunday (Sept 5) saw plans formally revealed regarding the reopening of Hua Hin to international tourists from October 1.
In addition to the announcement on the proposed reopening, other news of significance to come out of the meeting concerned the possibility of more flights operating from Hua Hin’s currently underused and underutilised airport.
Previously it was thought that a stumbling block for airlines to add a Hua Hin route was due to the airport’s small runway, which measures 2,100 metres.
However, the runway is long enough to accommodate Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 jets, which can be used to fly from destinations up to five hours away.
Additionally, the runway at Hua Hin Airport is same length as the runway at Koh Samui Airport, which for years has operated a large number of domestic and international daily flights without issue.
Mr Yuthasak said that if flights were able to operate between Koh Samui and Phuket, which is a relatively short distance, then flights between Hua Hin and Phuket are a possibility.
Currently there is significant work being done to try and increase the number of flights operating to and from Hua Hin Airport.
In April, the Phoenix Group, a Hong Kong based airport consultancy and management firm, announced ambitious plans that aim to bring 100,000 passengers to Hua Hin in 2022 and one million arrivals by 2025.
The plans for the airport were heralded as “the single most important initiative for Hua Hin International Airport since its inception more than 30 years ago,” by Provincial Governor Dr Pullop Singhaseni.
Meanwhile, the Phoenix Group has also said it is in discussions with China Express, Greater Bay Airlines and Go First in order to connect Hua Hin with Hong Kong, China and India.