Phuket International Airport

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Phuket International Airport
Aerial view phuket international airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Airports of Thailand PLC (AOT)
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 (2014)
Passengers 11,401,498
Aircraft operations 75,974
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 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 area. The 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 flights opened in February 2014.

Airport expansion[edit]

Due to record-setting passenger numbers, the airport is currently undergoing a THB5.8 billion (approximately USD188 million) expansion and renovation which will last until 2015. The expansion plans to increase capacity to 12.5 million passengers 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 planned. Terminal construction is expected to start in July 2012.[6] A rail link from an alternate airport, Krabi Airport, is being considered as well as Phuket is congested and has little room to expand beyond 2015.[7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Thai Airways International Boeing 747-400 taking off from Phuket International Airport (December 2013)
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.
Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aeroflot Seasonal: Moscow-Sheremetyevo 1
Air China Beijing-Capital 1
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur 1
Asiana Airlines Seoul-Incheon 1
Bangkok Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai(begins 25 October 2015),[8] Ko Samui, Pattaya-U-Tapao 2
Business Air Charter: Busan, Seoul-Incheon 1
Cebu Pacific Manila 1
China Eastern Airlines Chengdu, Hangzhou, Kunming, Xi'an 1
China Southern Airlines Changsha, Guangzhou, Nanning, Shenzhen 1
City Airways Bangkok-Don Mueang, 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
operated by SunExpress Deutschland
Cologne/Bonn (begins 21 December 2015)[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
Jetstar Airways Melbourne, Sydney 1
Jetstar Asia Airways Singapore 1
Juneyao Airlines Shanghai-Pudong, Zhengzhou 1
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon 1
Lucky Air Kunming[10] 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
Charter: Denpasar/Bali
Qatar Airways Doha 1
R Airlines Bangkok-Don Mueang 2
S7 Airlines Irkutsk, Khabarovsk, Novosibirsk, Vladivostok 1
Shanghai Airlines Shanghai-Pudong 1
Shenzhen Airlines Shenzhen[11] 1
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu, Chongqing 1
SilkAir Singapore 1
Spring Airlines Shanghai-Pudong 1
Thai AirAsia Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore 1
Thai AirAsia Bangkok-Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Udon Thani 2
Thai Airways Hong Kong
Seasonal: Copenhagen, Perth, Stockholm-Arlanda
Thai Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi 2
Thai Lion Air Bangkok-Don Mueang 2
Thai Smile Bangkok-Don Mueang, Chiang Mai 2
Tigerair Singapore 1
Transaero Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Moscow-Vnukovo, Saint Petersburg
Seasonal: Krasnoyarsk-Yemelyanovo, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg
TransAsia Airways Charter: Taipei-Taoyuan 1
TUIfly Nordic Charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Helsinki, Malmö, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda 1
UTair Aviation Charter: Irkutsk, Kazan, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Ufa, Ulan-Ude,[12] Tyumen, Yekaterinburg 1
Virgin Australia Perth (ends 1 February 2016)[13] 1
Xiamen Airlines Xiamen[14] 1

Traffic statistics[edit]

Phuket is one of the most favorite tourist destinations in the region. International passengers mainly come from Asia Pacific and Europe.[15] 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, is servicing 23 per hour.[16]

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)[15]
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]


  1. ^ Phuket International Airport
  2. ^ "AOT Investors Site". Archived from the original on 28 December 2011. Retrieved 13 Jan 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. ^ "Bangkok Airways Adds Phuket – Hat Yai Route from late-Oct 2015". 5 August 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  9. ^
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  11. ^ "Shenzhen Airlines Plans Shenzhen - Phuket Flight from July 2015". 19 June 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  12. ^ ""Из аэропорта "Байкал" сегодня взлетел первый рейс на Пхукет"". Baikal Airpot. 19 October 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
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  14. ^ "Xiamen Airlines Adds Xiamen - Phuket Route from July 2015". 21 May 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "Summary Report" (PDF). Airport of Thailand. Retrieved January 2013. 
  16. ^ Sritama, Suchat (2015-05-24). "Open-sky policy must continue, say airlines". The Sunday Nation. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  17. ^ [1] Archived October 16, 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "AirDisaster.Com Accident Database". Retrieved 18 September 2007. 
  19. ^ "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