Udon Thani International Airport

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Udon Thani International Airport
ท่าอากาศยานอุดรธานี
Udon Thani International Airport.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic / Military
OperatorDepartment of Airports
ServesUdon Thani
LocationMueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani Province, Thailand
Elevation AMSL579 ft / 176 m
Coordinates17°23′11″N 102°47′18″E / 17.38639°N 102.78833°E / 17.38639; 102.78833Coordinates: 17°23′11″N 102°47′18″E / 17.38639°N 102.78833°E / 17.38639; 102.78833
Map
UTH is located in Thailand
UTH
UTH
Location of airport in Thailand
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 10,000 3,048 Asphalt
For the United States use of the facility during the Vietnam War see Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base

Udon Thani International Airport (Thai: ท่าอากาศยานอุดรธานี) (IATA: UTH, ICAO: VTUD) is an international airport near the city of Udon Thani (Thai: อุดรธานี also Udorn Thanee) in Udon Thani Province in the northeast region of Thailand. It is approximately 450 kilometres (280 mi) northeast of Bangkok. It currently has domestic flights to and from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang), Chiang Mai (on Nok Air), Hat Yai (on Thai Lion Air), Phuket (on Thai AirAsia), Pattaya (on Thai AirAsia), and Ubon Ratchathani (on Nok Air). In 2006 the airport had 677,411 passengers movements and 1,558 MT cargo movements. In 2013, the airport handled 1,325,305 passengers.[1] In 2015, it handled 2,213,689 passengers and 3,678 tonnes of freight.[2] It has been managed by the Department of Airports (DOA).

Udon Thani Airport is the DOA's money-maker, with profits reaching 100 million baht a year.[3]

History[edit]

Udon Thani Airport Terminal
Waiting room of Udon Thani International Airport

During the Vietnam War the facility was known as Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, serving as a front-line base of the United States Air Force and was the Asian headquarters for Air America.

On 8 February 2006, an international group of skydivers from 31 countries called the "World Team" set a world record for the largest freefall formation, a 400-way, over the Udon Thani airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Nok AirBangkok–Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchathani
Thai AirAsiaBangkok–Don Mueang, Phuket, U–Tapao-Pattaya
Thai Lion AirBangkok–Don Mueang, Hat Yai
Thai SmileBangkok–Suvarnabhumi

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
K-Mile AirHanoi,[4] Hong Kong[5]

Military use[edit]

As well as being a commercial facility, Udon Thani International Airport is also an active Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) base, the home of Wing 23, 2nd Air Division Air Combat Command. The 231 Squadron flies 17 (out of 18 delivered) Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet airplanes acquired second-hand from the German Air Force and delivered in 2001. The squadron previously flew F-5A/RF-5A/F-5B Freedom Fighter airplanes.

Plans[edit]

Airports of Thailand PCL (AOT) is budgeting 220 billion baht in 2018 for the creation of two new airports and the expansion of four existing airports owned by the Department of Airports. Udon Thani Airport is one of the four slated for expansion and AOT management. AOT intends to build Chiang Mai 2 in Lamphun Province and Phuket Airport 2 in Phang Nga Province. The three other existing airports to be managed by AOT are Chumphon Airport, Sakon Nakhon Airport, and Tak Airport.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-02-18. Retrieved 2015-01-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-04-19. Retrieved 2016-04-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "AoT to take control of four airports". Bangkok Post. 2019-01-24. Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  4. ^ https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/8k524
  5. ^ "K-Mile Air flight 8K525". Flightradar24.
  6. ^ Sritama, Suchat (29 July 2018). "Bursting the Tourism Bubble". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 4 August 2018.

External links[edit]

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