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The Department of Airports (DOA) (Thai: กรมท่าอากาศยาน) is a Thai government department under the Ministry of Transport. It operates 28 civil airports throughout the country.[2] The department was split off from the Department of Civil Aviation in 2015, part of a restructuring response to ICAO's downgrading of Thailand's aviation safety rating. The other agency that previously formed part of the old department is the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand.[3]

Department of Airports
RTGS: krom tha akatsa yan
Department overview
Formed3 October 2015; 3 years ago (2015-10-03)
HeadquartersBangkok, Thailand
MottoSmile, Happy, Cosy at our Home[1]
Department executive
  • Amphawan Wannako, Director-General
Parent DepartmentMinistry of Transport

Only 17 DOA airports turned a profit between 2009 and 2016 while the total number of passengers jumped 25 percent. Udon Thani is the money-maker, with profits reaching 100 million baht a year.[4]

Airports of Thailand PCL (AOT) is due to assume management of Udon Thani International Airport, Sakon Nakhon Airport, Tak Airport, and Chumphon Airport in 2019. The DOA will relinquish control, reducing the airports under its control to 24.[4]

Third Bangkok airportEdit

In mid-2019, the DOA proposed the construction of a new airport in Nakhon Pathom Province to relieve pressure on Bangkok's two existing airports. The 20 billion baht airport, to be located on 3,500 rai straddling the Bang Len and Nakhon Chai Si Districts 50 kilometres west of Bangkok. Its capacity would be 25 million passengers per year. If approved, construction would start in 2023 and the airport would be operational by 2025 or 2026.[5]


  1. ^ "Department of Airports... (Ad)". Bangkok Post. 22 November 2018. p. 2.
  2. ^ "Airports". Department of Airports (DOA). Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  3. ^ "ICAO removes Thailand red flag". Air & Cosmos International. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b "AoT to take control of four airports". Bangkok Post. 24 January 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  5. ^ Hongtong, Thodsapol (20 July 2019). "Third Bangkok airport proposed". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 25 July 2019.