Surat Thani International Airport
|Surat Thani International Airport|
|Airport type||Public / Military|
|Owner||Royal Thai Air Force|
|Operator||Department of Airports|
|Location||73 Moo 3, Hua Toei, Phunphin, Surat Thani, Thailand|
|Elevation AMSL||87 m / 286 ft|
Surat Thani International Airport (Thai: ท่าอากาศยานสุราษฎร์ธานี) (IATA: URT, ICAO: VTSB) is in the Phunphin District, Surat Thani. The airport, 21 km west of Surat Thani, also is home to the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) squadrons. Surat Thani has a single paved runway.
Airlines and destinations
- AirAsia - Kuala Lumpur
- Thai Airways - Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok-Don Mueang
- Thai Lion Air - Chiang Mai, Hat Yai
As well as being a commercial facility, Surat Thani Airport is an active RTAF base, the home of 4th Air Division/7th Wing Air Combat Command. 701 Squadron, "Shark", flies twelve SAAB JAS-39 C/D Gripen fighter aircraft . 702 Squadron operates two AEW and two transport SAAB SF340 airplanes.A further two SF340s are on order.
On 11 December 1998, Thai Airways Flight 261, an A310-200 (HS-TIA), bound for Surat Thani from Bangkok, was making its third landing attempt in heavy rain when it crashed into a rice paddy about 3 km (1.9 mi) from the airport; 101 of the 146 passengers and crew aboard were killed.
- "Thai Lion Air adds new scheduled charter service to China from late-Sep 2017". routesonline. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
- "Thai Lion Air Adds China Charter Flights from late-Jan 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
Surat Thani travel guide from Wikivoyage