The ambitious plans to transform Hua Hin Airport and develop the region into a truly international travel destination continue apace.
At a webinar to investors, stakeholders and media on Friday (Sept 10), John Laroche, CEO of Phoenix Group, gave an update on the progress on the ‘The Phoenix Plan’ to redevelop and improve Hua Hin Airport.
Initially, the focus will be on international arrivals from Singapore and Hong Kong and later mainland China and India.
Within three years, one million passengers will be arriving at the airport, two years earlier than initially projected.
The meeting, which you can watch in full below, heard how a total of seven airlines have expressed interest in operating flights to and from Hua Hin Airport.
AirAsia has already confirmed to operate one international flight per day from the airport, in addition to the resumption of its domestic routes from October.
The agreements with airlines would also see passengers from Hua Hin be able to connect to the international networks of Cathay Pacific, Qantas and Singapore Airlines.
Letters of intent have been submitted by JetStar and Scoot to operate flights between Hua Hin and Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
Similar letters from Greater Bay Airlines and Hong Kong Express would bring passengers to Hua Hin from Hong Kong.
From India and the Middle East, GoFirst has said it is ready to fly to Hua Hin once India is ready to reopen post COVID-19.
China Express, which is one of the largest domestic carriers in China, has stated that Hua Hin will be one of the first destinations the airline will fly to once it expands into international travel.
In addition to the flights, there will be a focus to promote Hua Hin as a destination of golf, events and health care, with strategic partnerships in place with Golf Asian and Be Well Medical, amongst others.
Hua Hin Airport will also undergo a considerable upgrade to its infrastructure, which will begin as early as Q1 in 2022.
As part of the upgrade, the airport will become a hub for events and offer facilities not only for tourists but Hua Hin locals and expats.
Watch the recent webinar about the progress of Hua Hin Airport below.