Phuket International Airport

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Phuket International Airport
ท่าอากาศยานภูเก็ต
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Aerial view phuket international airport.jpg
IATA: HKTICAO: VTSP
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Airports of Thailand PLC (AOT)
Serves 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
Website phuketairportthai.com
Map
HKT is located in Thailand
HKT
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Location of Phuket Airport in Thailand
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 3,000 9,843 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 12,538,042
Aircraft operations 82,000
Freight (tonnes) 37,374
Sources: Airport[1] A.O.T.,[2] DAFIF[3][4]

Phuket International Airport (Thai: ท่าอากาศยานภูเก็ต) (IATA: HKTICAO: VTSP) is an international airport serving Phuket Province of Thailand. It is in the north of Phuket Island, 32 kilometres (20 mi) 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 Region. The airport set a record 11.3 million arrivals and departures in 2013, up 18.8 percent from 2012.[5]

Facilities[edit]

Terminals[edit]

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

Due to record-setting passenger numbers, the airport has undergone a 5.14 billion baht expansion and renovation which will be completed in March 2016.[6] A test flight will use the new terminal on 14 February. Testing will be conducted through May, and the terminal will be officially opened on 1 June. The capacity of the new international terminal is five million passengers per year.[7] The expansion increases airport capacity to 12.5 million passengers a year from its previous capacity of 6.5 million. A new car park as well as air cargo office are also planned. Terminal construction is expected to start in July 2012.[8] A rail link from an alternate airport, Krabi, was suggested in 2012, as Phuket is congested and has little room to expand beyond 2015.[9]

Flightline[edit]

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]

Airport facts:

Airport service hours : 06:00- 24:00
Runway : 09/27, 3,000 metres long and 45 metres wide. An additional runway is under consideration.[citation needed]
Capacity : 30 flights per hour
Characteristics : asphaltic concrete
Durability : PCN 60/F/C/X/T
Taxiways : Seven
Apron Area : 56,461 m²
Aircraft Parking Stand : Seven parking stands provided for aircraft which are
  • Two parking stands with contact gates.
  • Five remote parking bays.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Thai Airways International Boeing 747-400 taking off from Phuket International Airport (December 2013)
Finnair Airbus A330-300 takeoff from Phuket International Airport.
Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aeroflot Seasonal: Moscow–Sheremetyevo 1
Air China Beijing–Capital 1
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International 1
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon 1
Bangkok Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Ko Samui, Pattaya–U–Tapao 2
Beijing Capital Airlines Sanya 1
Business Air Charter: Seoul–Incheon 1
Cebu Pacific Manila 1
China Eastern Airlines Chengdu, Hangzhou, Kunming, Ningbo, Xi'an 1
China Southern Airlines Changsha, Guangzhou, Nanning, Shenzhen, Guiyang 1
Chongqing Airlines Chongqing 1
City Airways Hong Kong 1
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt 1
Dragonair Hong Kong 1
Eastar Jet Seoul–Incheon 1
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich 1
Emirates Dubai–International 1
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi 1
Eurowings
operated by SunExpress Deutschland
Cologne/Bonn 1
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki 1
Firefly Penang 1
Hainan Airlines Beijing–Capital 1
HK Express Hong Kong 1
Jeju Air Seoul–Incheon (begins 8 September 2016)[10] 1
Jetstar Airways Melbourne, Sydney 1
Jetstar Asia Airways Singapore 1
Juneyao Airlines Shanghai–Pudong, Zhengzhou 1
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon 1
Lucky Air Kunming 1
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur–International 1
Nok Air Bangkok–Don Mueang, Chengdu 2
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal Charter: Irkutsk, Khabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk–Yemelyanovo, Mineralnye Vody, Novosibirsk, St Petersburg, Vladivostok 1
Orient Thai Airlines Bangkok–Don Mueang
Charter: Denpasar/Bali
2
Qatar Airways Doha 1
R Airlines Bangkok–Don Mueang 2
S7 Airlines Irkutsk, Khabarovsk, Novosibirsk, Vladivostok 1
Shandong Airlines Changsha, Jinan, Qingdao, Xiamen[11] 1
Shanghai Airlines Shanghai–Pudong 1
Shenzhen Airlines Chengdu, Shenzhen 1
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu, Chongqing 1
SilkAir Singapore 1
Spring Airlines Shanghai–Pudong, Yangzhou[12] 1
Thai AirAsia Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur–International, Singapore, Wuhan 1
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Udon Thani 2
Thai Airways Hong Kong
Seasonal: Copenhagen, Perth, Stockholm–Arlanda
1
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi 2
Thai Lion Air Charter: Nanjing[13] 1
Thai Lion Air Bangkok–Don Mueang 2
Thai Smile Bangkok–Don Mueang, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai 2
Thai Vietjet Air Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Rai (both begins 15 September 2016)[14] 2
Thomson Airways Charter: Copenhagen (begins 13 December 2016),[15] London–Gatwick, Helsinki (begins 12 December 2016),[16] Manchester (begins 3 November 2016), Stockholm–Arlanda 1
Tianjin Airlines Chongqing, Tianjin 1
Tigerair Singapore 1
TUIfly Nordic Charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg–Landvetter, Helsinki, Malmö, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda 1
XiamenAir Xiamen 1

Traffic statistics[edit]

Phuket is a favourite tourist destinations in the region. International passengers mainly come from Asia Pacific and Europe.[17] In 2012 it ranked second busiest in total passenger traffic, after Suvarnabhumi Airport in the Bangkok metropolitan area. In mid-2015 the airport, designed to handle 20 flights per hour, was servicing 23 per hour.[18]

Phuket airport handled 12.9 million passengers in 2015, 12.8 percent more than 2014, with international numbers rising 8.27 percent to 6.95 million and domestic up 18.6 percent to 5.9 million. Aircraft movements grew 11.6 percent to 84,758, with 43,996 international (up 7.63 percent) and 40,762 domestic (up 16.1 percent).[6]

Passenger Movement[edit]

Year Domestic International Total Change%
1995 1,730,895 919,503 2,650,398 Increase 9.68
1996 1,896,068 879,688 2,775,756 Increase 4.73
1997 1,898,303 942,336 2,840,639 Increase 2.34
1998 2,132,108 1,010,606 3,142,714 Increase 10.63
1999 2,035,836 1,189,895 3,225,731 Increase 2.64
2000 2,171,146 1,358,745 3,541,575 Increase 9.43
2001 2,240,264 1,370,429 3,610,693 Increase 2.29
2002 2,230,663 1,382,858 3,613,521 Increase 0.08
2003 2,104,548 1,496,401 3,600,949 Decrease 0.35
2004 2,826,022 2,024,879 4,850,901 Increase 34.71
2005 2,246,723 922,311 3,169,034 Decrease 34.67
2006 3,032,976 1,677,723 4,710,699 Increase 48.65
2007 3,513,966 2,190,399 5,704,365 Increase 21.09
2008 3,321,443 2,409,305 5,703,748 Increase 0.46
2009 3,489,012 2,290,906 5,779,918 Increase 0.86
2010 3,701,427 3,342,356 7,043,783 Increase 21.87
2011 4,097,276 4,370,719 8,467,995 Increase 20.22
2012 4,475,624 5,065,928 9,541,552 Increase 12.68
2013 4,958,880 6,383,611 11,342,491 Increase 18.87
2014 4,976,451 6,425,047 11,401,498 Increase 0.52
2015[6] 5,900,000 6,950,000 12,900,000 Increase 12.8

Aircraft Movement[edit]

Year Domestic International Total Change%
1995 11,135 9,380 20,515 Increase 6.79
1996 11,586 9,626 21,212 Increase 3.40
1997 11,402 10,257 21,659 Increase 2.11
1998 9,673 10,272 19,945 Decrease 7.91
1999 9,391 11,887 21,278 Increase 6.68
2000 11,850 11,472 23,322 Increase 9.61
2001 12,705 12,467 25,172 Increase 7.93
2002 10,920 12,248 23,168 Decrease 7.96
2003 12,669 12,015 24,684 Increase 6.54
2004 16,765 15,917 32,682 Increase 32.40
2005 14,115 9,970 24,085 Decrease 26.30
2006 17,207 13,680 30,887 Increase 28.24
2007 23,915 16,884 40,799 Increase 32.09
2008 20,814 17,177 37,991 Decrease 6.88
2009 20,883 16,987 37,870 Decrease 0.32
2010 25,311 23,257 48,568 Increase 28.25
2011 27,932 28,741 56,673 Increase 16.69
2012 28,578 32,426 61,004 Increase 7.64
2013 32,370 40,219 72,589 Increase 18.99
2014 35,096 40,878 75,974 Increase 4.66
2015[6] 40,762 43,996 84,758 Increase 16.1

Freight (Unit :Tonne)[edit]

Year Domestic International Total Change%
1995 5,659 5,021 10,680 Increase 198.16
1996 7,994 5,620 13,614 Increase 27.47
1997 8,285 7,522 15,807 Increase 16.11
1998 8,213 7,683 15,896 Increase 0.56
1999 10,963 11,455 22,418 Increase 41.03
2000 9,841 11,091 20,932 Decrease 6.63
2001 9,345 9,651 18,996 Decrease 9.25
2002 10,352 12,855 23,207 Increase 22.17
2003 10,866 12,338 23,204 Increase 0.01
2004 13,382 14,659 28,041 Increase 20.85
2005 12,306 6,425 18,731 Decrease 33.20
2006 13,384 4,729 18,113 Decrease 3.30
2007 13,268 6,452 19,720 Increase 8.87
2008 12,671 6,535 19,206 Decrease 2.61
2009 13,195 7,780 20,975 Increase 9.21
2010 17,434 12,810 30,244 Increase 44.19
2011 17,627 10,687 28,314 Decrease 6.38
2012 18,798 15,541 34,339 Increase 21.28
2013 17,234 17,386 34,620 Increase 0.82
2014 17,653 22,631 40,284 Increase 16.36
2015 14,552 22,822 37,374 Decrease 5.73

Busiest international routes[edit]

Busiest international routes to and from Phuket Airport (2014)[19]
Rank Airport Passengers handled Change%
1 Singapore 935,137 Decrease 2.4
2 Kuala Lumpur–International 703,794 Decrease 4.8
3 Hong Kong 587,553 Increase 0.1
4 Seoul-Incheon 501,710 Decrease 18.5
5 Shanghai-Pudong 432,073 Increase 34.7
6 Chengdu 268,491 Increase 4.1
7 Chongqing 236,937 Decrease 9.9
8 Moscow-Domodedovo 207,297 Increase 6.8
9 Dubai 203,884 Increase 19.7
10 Abu Dhabi 171,591 Decrease 4.6

Busiest domestic routes[edit]

Busiest domestic routes to and from Phuket Airport (2014)[20]
Rank Airport Passengers handled Change%
1 Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi 2,364,184 Decrease 6.8
2 Bangkok-Don Mueang 1,983,655 Increase 11.3
3 Chiang Mai 318,728 Increase 3.5
4 Samui 163,164 Increase1.4
5 Udon Thani 103,451 Decrease 0.9
6 Rayong and Pattaya 34,772 Increase 1.7
7 Surat Thani* 6,007 Decrease 79.2
8 Songkhla-Hat Yai* 161 Increase 1.3
9 Nakhon Si Thammarat* 143 Steady new
10 Krabi* 136 Decrease 71.6

*Non schedule flight

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.[21]
  • On 31 August 1987 Thai Airways Flight 365 from Hat Yai International Airport crashed into the ocean on final approach, killing all 83 people on board. The investigation determined pilot error as the primary cause.[22]
  • 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phuket International Airport
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  6. ^ a b c d Kositchotethana, Boonsong (2016-02-01). "AoT airports set new record in passenger traffic". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Kositchotethana, Boonsong (2016-02-04). "New terminal in Phuket set for test run". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "Phuket Magazine". Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  9. ^ Fly-Rail Link to 'Save Phuket Tourism'. Phuket Wan. Retrieved on 25 August 2013.
  10. ^ "Jeju Air Adds Phuket Service from Sep 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  11. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2015/11/17/sc–bkkhkt–nov15/
  12. ^ "Spring Airlines Expands International Flights from July 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  13. ^ "Thai Lion Air adds Phuket – Nanjing charters from Aug 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "Thai Vietjet opens reservation from Sep 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  15. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/267199/thomson-airways
  16. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/267199/thomson-airways
  17. ^ "Summary Report" (PDF). Airport of Thailand. Retrieved January 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  18. ^ Sritama, Suchat (2015-05-24). "Open-sky policy must continue, say airlines". The Sunday Nation. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  19. ^ Airport of Thailand Public Company Limited, Corporate Strategy Department (2015). "Air Transport Statistic". airportthai. Airport of Thailand Public Company Limited. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  20. ^ Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited, Corporate Strategy Department (2015). "Air Transport Statistic". http://airportthai.co.th/. Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited. Retrieved 28 October 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  21. ^ "AirDisaster.Com Accident Database". Retrieved 18 September 2007. 
  22. ^ "AirDisaster.Com Accident Database". Retrieved 18 September 2007. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Phuket International Airport at Wikimedia Commons
Phuket travel guide from Wikivoyage