Surat Thani International Airport

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Surat Thani International Airport

Surat thani airport.jpg
Airport typePublic / Military
OwnerRoyal Thai Air Force
OperatorDepartment of Airports
ServesSurat Thani
Location73 Moo 3, Hua Toei, Phunphin, Surat Thani, Thailand
Elevation AMSL87 m / 286 ft
Coordinates09°07′57″N 99°08′08″E / 9.13250°N 99.13556°E / 9.13250; 99.13556
URT is located in Thailand
Location of airport in Thailand
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,000 9,843 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)

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[edit]

Air China Hangzhou
New Gen Airways Charter: Wenzhou
Nok Air Bangkok–Don Mueang
Spring Airlines Chengdu
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang, Chiang Mai
Thai Smile Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Thai Lion Air Bangkok–Don Mueang

Charter: Changsha[1]
Seasonal Charter: Chongqing[2]



Passenger Movement[edit]

Year Total
2005 204,146
2006 288,406
2007 327,770
2008 338,938
2009 374,067
2010 505,666
2011 575,229
2012 816,413
2013 1,080,781
2014 1,321,909
2015 1,856,315
2016 2,032,042
2017 2,247,590
2018 2,108,289

Military use[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "Thai Lion Air adds new scheduled charter service to China from late-Sep 2017". routesonline. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Thai Lion Air Adds China Charter Flights from late-Jan 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 26 January 2016.

External links[edit]

Surat Thani travel guide from Wikivoyage