Udon Thani International Airport

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Udon Thani International Airport
ท่าอากาศยานอุดรธานี
Udon Thani International Airport.jpg
IATA: UTHICAO: VTUD
UTH is located in Thailand
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Location of airport in Thailand
Summary
Airport type Public/Military
Operator Government
Location Tambon Mak Khaeng, Amphoe Mueang Udon Thani, Udon Thani, Thailand
Elevation AMSL 579 ft / 176 m
Coordinates 17°23′11″N 102°47′18″E / 17.38639°N 102.78833°E / 17.38639; 102.78833Coordinates: 17°23′11″N 102°47′18″E / 17.38639°N 102.78833°E / 17.38639; 102.78833
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 10,000 3,048 Asphalt
For the United States use of the facility during the Vietnam War see Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base

Udon Thani International Airport (Thai: ท่าอากาศยานนานาชาติอุดรธานี) (IATA: UTHICAO: VTUD) is an airport located near the city of Udon Thani (Thai: อุดรธานี also Udorn Thanee) in Udon Thani Province in the northeast region of Thailand. It is approximately 280 miles (450 km) northeast of Bangkok. It currently has domestic flights to Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang) and Phuket (on Thai AirAsia). In 2006 the airport had 677,411 passengers movements and 1,558 MT cargo movements.

History[edit]

During the Vietnam War the facility was known as Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, serving as a front-line base of the United States Air Force and was the Asian Headquarters for Air America.

On February 8, 2006, an international group of skydivers from 31 countries called "the World Team" set a World Record for the largest freefall formation, a 400-way, over the Udon Thani airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Bangkok Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi Domestic
Nok Air Bangkok-Don Mueang, Chiang Mai Domestic
Thai AirAsia Bangkok-Don Mueang, Phuket Domestic
Thai Smile Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi Domestic

Military use[edit]

As well as being a commercial facility, Udon Thani International Airport is also an active Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) base, the home of Wing 23, 2nd Air Division Air Combat Command.

231 Squadron flies 17 (out of 18 delivered) Dassault-Breguet-Dornier Alpha Jet A airplanes acquired second hand from the German Air Force and delivered in 2001. 231 Squadron previously flew F-5A/RF-5A/F-5B Freedom Fighter airplanes.

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