Chiang Rai International Airport

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Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai Airport

ท่าอากาศยานแม่ฟ้าหลวง เชียงราย
Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai International Airport Chiang Rai.jpg
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorAirports of Thailand PCL (AOT)
ServesChiang Rai
Location404 Mu 10 Ban Du, Mueang Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Opened5 August 1992
(30 years ago)
Focus city forThai AirAsia
Elevation AMSL390 m / 1,280 ft
Coordinates19°57′08″N 99°52′58″E / 19.95222°N 99.88278°E / 19.95222; 99.88278
CEI is located in Thailand
Location of airport in Thailand
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,000 9,843 Asphalt concrete
Statistics (2018)
Passengers2,867,289 Increase14.5%
Aircraft Movements20,072 Increase13.7%
Freight (tonnes)5,273 Increase46.07%

Mae Fah Luang - Chiang Rai International Airport (Thai: ท่าอากาศยานแม่ฟ้าหลวง เชียงราย; pronunciation  ) (old name: Chiang Rai International Airport (Thai: ท่าอากาศยานเชียงราย)) (IATA: CEI, ICAO: VTCT) is in the city of Chiang Rai in northern Thailand.[1] The airport is about 8 km from the city center. Since 1998 it has been managed by the Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT). In 2013 the airport handled over 1,000,000 passengers and 7,000 passenger flights.[2] The airport had international flight facilities and served few international routes to Kunming, Haikou, Hangzhou, Changsha, Xishuangbanna, Shenzhen, and Chengdu, all of which have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2014, Airports of Thailand said that they would expand Chiang Rai airport. The plans include building an additional taxiway and more shops, and possibly extending the runway. This should be completed in 2030.[3]

Chiang Rai International Airport was named "Mae Fah Luang", after Princess Srinagarindra, mother of the previous monarch, Bhumibol Adulyadej, reigning under the dynastic name of Rama IX.


Annual passenger traffic at CEI airport. See source Wikidata query.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Nok Air Bangkok–Don Mueang
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang
Thai Lion Air Bangkok–Don Mueang
Thai Smile Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Thai Vietjet Air Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Hat Yai, Phuket

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 30 July 2022: Nok Air Flight 108, a Boeing 737-800 (registered HS-DBR) from Bangkok Don Muang to Chiang Rai with 164 passengers and 6 crew, landed on Chiang Rai's runway 03 at 21:04L (14:04Z) but veered left off the runway and came to a stop all wheels off the paved runway. There were no injuries reported.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Chiang Rai Airport". Google Maps. Retrieved 2015-01-23.
  2. ^ "2013 (Statistic Report 2013)". Airports of Thailand PLC (AOT). Archived from the original on 2014-12-07. Retrieved 2015-01-23.
  3. ^ "ทอท.ทุ่ม 6 พันล้าน... ขยายสนามบิน "แม่ฟ้าหลวง"". 29 March 2018.
  4. ^

External links[edit]

Chiang Rai travel guide from Wikivoyage