The Transport Ministry plans to improve and expand the runway of Hua Hin airport so that it can handle larger aircraft.
The plan aims to promoting international tourism.
The plan was disclosed after Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith visited the airport on an inspection trip. He ordered that a plan to develop the airport be created to improve the capability of this comparatively underutilized air terminal. At present, only one carrier operates from the airport and other than that it is primarily used as a base for the Civil Aviation Training Centre. He said Hua Hin airport is actually well equipped with a 35 metre wide 2,100 metre long runway, which can support Boeing 737 aircraft. It has strong potential for development and improvements as its capabilities could facilitate aircraft even larger in size.
This will then attract even more carriers, which, in turn, will dramatically improve tourism in and around Hua Hin, he said. Furthermore, should the improvements meet the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards and then its potential will increase exponentially. He then assigned the Department of Airports the responsibility of expanding the width of the runway from 35 to 45 metres as a means to promote international tourism to Hua Hin.