Surat Thani International Airport

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Surat Thani International Airport
Surat thani airport.jpg
Airport type Public / Military
Owner Royal Thai Air Force
Operator Department of Airports
Serves Surat Thani
Location 73 Moo 3, Hua Toei, Phunphin, Surat Thani, Thailand
Elevation AMSL 87 m / 286 ft
Coordinates 09°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 (2016)
Passengers 2,032,042

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, Wuhan[1]
China Eastern Airlines Chengdu
Malindo Air Kota Bharu
New Gen Airways Charter: Wenzhou
Nok Air Bangkok–Don Mueang
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu, Guangzhou
Spring Airlines Chengdu, Shanghai–Pudong
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang, Chiang Mai
Thai Smile Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Thai Lion Air Bangkok–Don Mueang

Charter: Changsha[2]
Seasonal Charter: Chongqing[3]



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

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.


External links[edit]

Surat Thani travel guide from Wikivoyage