Ubon Ratchathani Airport

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Ubon Ratchathani Airport
ท่าอากาศยานอุบลราชธานี
IATA: UBPICAO: VTUU
UBP is located in Thailand
UBP
UBP
Location of airport in Thailand
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Government
Location 297 Thep Yotee Road, Tambon Nai-Mueang, Amphoe Mueang Ubon Ratchathani, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
Elevation AMSL 406 ft / 124 m
Coordinates 15°15′04.60″N 104°52′12.83″E / 15.2512778°N 104.8702306°E / 15.2512778; 104.8702306Coordinates: 15°15′04.60″N 104°52′12.83″E / 15.2512778°N 104.8702306°E / 15.2512778; 104.8702306
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 9,848 3,002 Asphalt
For the Australian and United States use of the facility during the Vietnam War see Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base

Ubon Ratchathani International Airport (IATA: UBPICAO: VTUU) is a commercial airport located in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand.

History[edit]

During the Vietnam War the facility was known as Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base, serving as a front-line base of the United States Air Force. It subsequently became an international civilian airport, with direct flights to Vietnam. These flights proved unprofitable, and while the "international" signage is still in place, only domestic flights have operated for a number of years. In 2008 here were up to six flights per day from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani, all then returning within the hour to Bangkok: 3 were operated by Thai Airways, 2 by Air Asia and 1 by Nok Air. Nok Air ceased their service in mid-2008, and Thai Airways and Air Asia each ceased one of their own flights, so that in January 2009 there are only 2 Thai Airways (early morning and evening) and 1 Air Asia flight (midmorning) each day. Thai Airways expects to reintroduce their afternoon service in late January 2009. Nok Air now (August 2010) has three flights from Bangkok to Ubon.

Military Use[edit]

As well as being a commercial facility, Ubon Ratchathani Airport is also an active Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) base, the home of 2nd Air Division/21st Wing Air Combat Command. The 211sq "Eagles" fly the Northrup F-5E/F "Tiger II"" fighter aircraft.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
City Airways Seasonal Charter: Wenzhou International
Kan Air Chiang Mai (Begins 15 August) Domestic
Nok Air Bangkok-Don Mueang Domestic
Thai AirAsia Bangkok-Don Mueang Domestic
Thai Smile Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi Domestic

Airport statistics[edit]

Year Number of
Passengers
Aircraft
Movements
2005 387,159 2,986
2006 372,633 3,270
2007 387,586 3,369
2008 391,772 3,355
2009 393,449 2,930
2010 452,938 3,938
2011 614,645 5,366
2012 734,189 5,555
2013 840,561 6,657

Source : Department of Civil Aviation

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 9 August 1983, Douglas VC-47B L2-30/07/641 of the Royal Thai Air Force crashed on take-off from Ubon Ratchathani AFB on a military flight.[1] All five people on board were killed, along with four on the ground.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "L2-30/07/641 Accident report". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "THAI AIR ACCIDENTS (1980 to 1989)". Thai Aviation. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 

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