Phuket International Airport

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Phuket International Airport
Aerial view phuket international airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Airports of Thailand (A.O.T.)
Serves Thailand Phuket, Thailand
Location 222 Tambon Mai Khao, Amphoe Thalang, Phuket, Thailand
Hub for Thai AirAsia
Elevation AMSL 82 ft / 25 m
Coordinates 08°06′47″N 098°19′00″E / 8.11306°N 98.31667°E / 8.11306; 98.31667Coordinates: 08°06′47″N 098°19′00″E / 8.11306°N 98.31667°E / 8.11306; 98.31667
HKT is located in Thailand
Location of Phuket Airport in Thailand
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 3,000 9,843 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 11,342,491
Aircraft operations 70,198
Sources: Airport[1] A.O.T.,[2] DAFIF[3][4]

Phuket International Airport (Thai: ท่าอากาศยานภูเก็ต) (IATA: HKTICAO: VTSP) is an airport serving Phuket Province of Thailand. It is located in the north of Phuket Island, 32 kilometres (17 nautical miles) from the centre of Phuket City. The airport plays a major role in Thailand's tourism industry, as Phuket Island is a popular resort destination. It is the third busiest airport in Thailand in terms of passengers, after Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport in the Bangkok metropolitan area. This International airport set a record 11.3 million arrivals and departures in 2013, up 18.8 percent from 2012. [5]


The airport is at an elevation of 82 feet (25 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 09/27 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,000 by 45 metres (9,843 ft × 148 ft).[3]

The airport has two terminals: Terminal 1 is used for international flights, and Terminal 2 for domestic flights. Terminal X for charter flight opened in Feb 2014.

Airport expansion[edit]

Due to record-setting passenger numbers, the airport is currently undergoing a THB 5.8 billion (approx. USD $188 million) expansion and renovation which will last until 2015. The expansion plans to increase capacity to 12.5 million passenger a year calls for a new international terminal, refurbishment of the existing terminal for domestic use, and other airfield improvements. A new car park as well as air cargo office are also being planned. Terminal construction is expected to start in July 2012.[6] A rail link from alternate Krabi Airport is being considered as well as the airport is congested and has little room to expand beyond 2015.[7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Finnair Airbus A330-300 takeoff from Phuket International Airport.
Bangkok Airways Airbus A320 takeoff from Phuket International Airport.
TUIfly Nordic Boeing 767-300/ER taking off at Phuket International Airport.
Transaero Airlines Boeing 747-300 landing at Phuket International Airport.
Rossiya Boeing 767-300/ER takeoff from Phuket International Airport.

Passenger airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aeroflot Seasonal: Moscow-Sheremetyevo 1
Air Berlin Abu Dhabi (ends 25 October 2014)[8][9] 1
Air China Beijing-Capital 1
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur 1
Asiana Airlines Seoul-Incheon 1
Bangkok Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai (begins October 24, 2014), Koh Samui, Pattaya-U Tapao 2
Business Air Charter: Busan, Seoul-Incheon 1
Cebu Pacific Manila[10] 1
China Eastern Airlines Chengdu, Kunming 1
China Southern Airlines Changsha, Guangzhou, Nanning, Shenzhen 1
City Airways Hong Kong 1
City Airways Bangkok-Don Mueang 1
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt 1
Dragonair Hong Kong 1
Eastar Jet Seoul-Incheon 1
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zurich 1
Emirates Dubai-International 1
Enter Air Charter: Warsaw 1
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi (begins 26 October 2014)[8][9] 1
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki 1
Firefly Penang 1
Hainan Airlines Beijing-Capital 1
Hong Kong Express Airways Hong Kong 1
Indonesia AirAsia Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta 1
I-Fly Moscow-Vnukovo 1
Jetstar Airways Melbourne, Sydney 1
Jetstar Asia Airways Singapore 1
Juneyao Airlines Shanghai-Pudong, Zhengzhou 1
Kharkiv Airlines Winter seasonal: Kiev-Boryspil 1
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon 1
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur 1
Nok Air Bangkok-Don Mueang 2
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Irkutsk, Kemerovo, Khabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk-Yemelyanovo, Mineralnye Vody, Novosibirsk, St Petersburg, Vladivostok, Yekaterinburg 1
Orient Thai Airlines Bangkok-Don Mueang 2
Qatar Airways Doha, Kuala Lumpur (ends 25 October 2014)[11] 1
R Airlines Bangkok-Don Mueang 2
S7 Airlines Irkutsk, Khabarovsk, Novosibirsk, Vladivostok 1
Shanghai Airlines Shanghai-Pudong 1
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu, Chongqing 1
SilkAir Singapore 1
Spring Airlines Shanghai-Pudong 1
Thai AirAsia Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur,[12] Singapore 1
Thai AirAsia Bangkok-Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Udon Thani 2
Thai Airways Hong Kong, Seoul-Incheon
Seasonal: Copenhagen, Perth,[13] Stockholm-Arlanda
Thai Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi 2
Thai Lion Air Bangkok-Don Mueang (begins 6 October 2015) 2
Thai Smile Delhi (begins 11 January 2015) 1
Thai Smile Bangkok-Don Mueang, Chiang Mai 2
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Charter: Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda 1
Thomson Airways London-Gatwick[14]
Seasonal: Billund (begins 27 December 2014)
Seasonal charter: Luleå, Oslo Gardermoen
Tigerair Singapore 1
Transaero Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Moscow-Vnukovo,[15] Saint Petersburg
Seasonal: Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk
TransAsia Airways Charter:Taipei-Taoyuan 1
Travel Service Hungary Seasonal: Budapest 1
TUIfly Nordic Charter: Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Helsinki, Malmö, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda 1
UTair Aviation Charter: Irkutsk, Kazan, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Ufa, Tyumen, Yekaterinburg 1

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Phuket is one of the most favorite tourist destinations in the region. International passengers mainly came from Asia Pacific and Europe,[16] in 2012 it ranked second busiest by total passenger traffic, after Suvarnabhumi Airport in the Bangkok metropolitan area.

Busiest international routes[edit]

Busiest international routes to and from Phuket Airport (2012)[17]
Rank Airport Passengers handled
1 Singapore 884,104
2 Kuala Lumpur 578,324
3 Hong Kong 567,534
4 Seoul-Incheon 535,325
5 Moscow-Domodedovo 233,650
6 Shanghai-Pudong 176,234
7 Chengdu 152,902
8 Abu Dhabi 115,208
9 Chongqing 115,014
10 Stockholm 112,033

Busiest domestic routes[edit]

Busiest domestic routes to and from Phuket Airport (2012)[16]
Rank Airport Passengers handled
1 Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi 3,302,196
2 Bangkok-Don Mueang 559,887
3 Chiang Mai 276,499
4 Samui 158,537
5 Udon Thani 89,954
6 Rayong and Pattaya 31,963

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 15 April 1985 a Thai Airways Boeing 737-2P5 crashed, killing all 11 people on board. The crew had issued a radio call informing air traffic control that both engines had flamed out. No cause could be determined for the engine shutdown.[18]
  • On 16 September 2007 One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 arriving on a scheduled flight from Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport crashed after hitting the runway heavily while attempting to land in driving rain and severe wind shear. The McDonnell Douglas MD-82 slid off the runway, split into two, and exploded into flames after an apparent attempt to execute a go-around moments before touchdown. There were 123 passengers and 7 crew on board. 89 died and 40 were injured.[citation needed]
  • On 20 December 2012, an Air Berlin Airbus A330-200, registration number D-ABXA, flight number AB7425 en route to Abu Dhabi was forced to return to Phuket International Airport, after suffering a suspected engine fire. The aircraft burst a number of tyres on landing forcing the closure of the airport's only runway for approximately six hours.[20]


  1. ^ Phuket International Airport
  2. ^ "AOT Investors Site". Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Airport information for VTSP at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  4. ^ Airport information for HKT at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  5. ^ "Thailand, Singapore seen as top expat locations". 7 February 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Phuket Magazine". Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  7. ^ Fly-Rail Link to 'Save Phuket Tourism'. Phuket Wan. Retrieved on 25 August 2013.
  8. ^ a b
  9. ^ a b
  10. ^ Cebu Pacific opens direct flights to Phuket, Thailand. Sun.Star. Retrieved on 25 August 2013.
  11. ^ {{cite web url= Airways to Start Nonstop Phuket Service from late-Oct 2014|date=2 September 2014|accessdate=2 September 2014}}
  12. ^ "Thai AirAsia to Start Phuket – Kuala Lumpur Service from June 2014". Airline Route. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  13. ^ Thai Airways International – Australia – What's New. Retrieved on 25 August 2013.
  14. ^ Kositchotethana, Boonsong (5 November 2012). "UK-Phuket Dreamliner flights will begin one year from now". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Schedule". City pairs Schedule. JSC "TRANSAERO" Airlines. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Summary Report". Airport of Thailand. Retrieved January 2013. 
  17. ^ [1]
  18. ^ "AirDisaster.Com Accident Database". Retrieved 18 September 2007. 
  19. ^ "AirDisaster.Com Accident Database". Retrieved 18 September 2007. 
  20. ^ Incident: Air Berlin A332 at Phuket on Dec 20th 2012, uncontained engine failure and fire. Retrieved on 25 August 2013.


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