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Phuket International Airport

Phuket International Airport (Thai: ท่าอากาศยานภูเก็ต) (IATA: HKT, ICAO: VTSP) is an international airport serving the Phuket Province of Thailand. It is in the north of Phuket Island, 32 kilometres (20 mi) from the centre of Phuket City. The airport plays a major role in Thailand's tourism industry, as Phuket Island is a popular resort destination. It is the third-busiest airport in Thailand in terms of passengers, after Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport in the Bangkok Metropolitan Region. The airport set a record 15.1 million arrivals and departures in 2016, up 17.8 percent from 2015.[2]

Phuket International Airport

ท่าอากาศยานภูเก็ต
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorAirports of Thailand PCL (AOT)
ServesPhuket
Location222 Mai Khao, Thalang, Phuket, Thailand
Hub for
Elevation AMSL82 ft / 25 m
Coordinates08°06′47″N 098°19′00″E / 8.11306°N 98.31667°E / 8.11306; 98.31667Coordinates: 08°06′47″N 098°19′00″E / 8.11306°N 98.31667°E / 8.11306; 98.31667
Websitephuketairportthai.com
Map
HKT is located in Thailand
HKT
HKT
Location of Phuket Airport in Thailand
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 3,000 9,843 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Total Passengers16,855,637 Increase11.6%
International passengers9,200,058 Increase13.5%
Domestic passengers7,655,579 Increase9.4%
Aircraft Movements106,093 Increase 8.5%
Freight (tonnes)53,199 Increase23.1%
Sources: Airport[1]

Contents

FacilitiesEdit

TerminalsEdit

 
inside Phuket Airport
 
Phuket Airport check-in area
 
Phuket Airport Terminal

The airport has three terminals: Terminal 2 is used for international flights, and Terminal 3 for domestic flights. Terminal X for charter flights opened in February 2014.

Phuket Airport underwent a 5.14-billion-baht expansion and renovation, with the work completed in 2016.[3] The capacity of the new international terminal is five million passengers per year.[4] The expansion increased airport capacity to 12.5 million passengers a year from its previous capacity of 6.5 million.[5] A rail link from an alternate airport, Krabi, was suggested in 2012, as Phuket is congested with little room to expand.[6]

FlightlineEdit

The airport is at an elevation of 82 feet (25 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 09/27 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,000 by 45 metres (9,843 ft × 148 ft).[7]

Airport facts:

Airport service hours : 24hours
Runway : 09/27, 3,000 metres long and 45 metres wide.
Capacity : 30 flights per hour
Characteristics : asphaltic concrete
Durability : PCN 60/F/C/X/T
Taxiways : Seven
Apron Area : 56,461 m²
Aircraft Parking Stand : Seven parking stands provided for aircraft which are
  • Two parking stands with contact gates.
  • Five remote parking bays.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International, Penang
Air China Beijing–Capital, Chengdu,[8] Hangzhou
Asia Atlantic Airlines Charter: Shenyang
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon
Azur Air Ukraine Seasonal charter: Kiev–Boryspil[9]
Bangkok Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Ko Samui, Pattaya–U-Tapao
Cathay Dragon Hong Kong
China Eastern Airlines Chengdu, Kunming, Shanghai–Pudong, Taiyuan
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan,
Chongqing Airlines Chongqing
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Emirates Dubai–International
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Firefly Penang
GoAir Bengaluru,[10] Delhi,[11] Mumbai [11]
Hainan Airlines Beijing–Capital, Shenzhen[12]
HK Express Hong Kong
IndiGo Bengaluru (begins 21 December 2018),[13] Delhi[14]
Jetstar Airways Melbourne, Sydney
Jetstar Asia Airways Singapore
Jin Air Seoul–Incheon
Juneyao Airlines Shanghai–Pudong
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon
Kunming Airlines Kunming
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal charter: Warsaw–Chopin[15]
Lucky Air Kunming, Zhengzhou
Mahan Air Seasonal charter: Tehran–Imam Khomeini
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur–International
Malindo Air Kuala Lumpur–International
Myanmar National Airlines Yangon
New Gen Airways Nakhon Ratchasima[16]
Charter: Hangzhou, Hohhot, Wuxi
Nok Air Bangkok–Don Mueang, Beijing–Capital[17]
Charter: Chengdu, Nanning, Nantong
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Chelyabinsk,[18] Irkutsk,[18] Khabarovsk,[18] Moscow–Sheremeteyevo,[18] Nizhny Novgorod,[18] Rostov-on-don-Platov,[18] St. Petersburg,[18] Ufa,[18] Yakutsk,[18]
Okay Airways Xi'an
Seasonal: Hangzhou[19]
Pegas Fly Seasonal charter: Belgorod (begins 30 December 2018),[18] Blagoveshchensk,[18] Chita,[18] Krasnodar (begins 27 December 2018),[18] Krasnoyarsk–Yemelyanovo,[18] Novosibirsk,[18] Orenburg,[18] Perm,[18] Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky,[18] Samara,[18] Surgut,[18] Tyumen,[18] Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk[18]
Qatar Airways Doha
Rossiya Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow–Vnukovo[20]
Royal Flight Seasonal charter: Barnaul (begins 23 December 2018),[18] Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Novokuznetsk (begins 29 December 2018),[18] Omsk,[18] Tomsk (begins 29 December 2018)[18]
S7 Airlines Irkutsk (resumes 30 December 2018)[21]
Scoot Singapore
Shenzhen Airlines Shenzhen
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu, Chongqing, Tianjin
SilkAir Singapore
Spring Airlines Chengdu, Huai'an, Shanghai–Pudong, Shijiazhuang
Sunday Airlines Seasonal charter: Almaty,[22] Astana ,[22] Bishkek (begins 24 December 2018)[22]
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Hong Kong, Khon Kaen, Kunming, Macau, Pattaya–U-Tapao, Siem Reap, Singapore, Udon Thani, Wuhan
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beijing–Capital, Frankfurt
Seasonal: Copenhagen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Thai Lion Air Bangkok–Don Mueang, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing,[23] Hangzhou, Hefei, Nanjing, Shanghai–Pudong, Tianjin,[24] Xi'an,[25] Zhengzhou[26]
Thai Smile Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong[27]
Charter: Lanzhou[28]
Thai Vietjet Air Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Rai[29]
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham,[30] London–Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal charter: Copenhagen,[31] Gothenburg,[32] Helsinki,[33] Stockholm–Arlanda[32]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk (ends 31 December 2018),[34][35] Istanbul–Arnavutköy (begins 1 January 2019)[34][35]
VietJet Air Ho Chi Minh City

Traffic statisticsEdit

Phuket is a favourite tourist destination in the region. International passengers mainly come from Asia Pacific and Europe.[36] In 2012 it ranked second-busiest in total passenger traffic, after Suvarnabhumi Airport in the Bangkok metropolitan area. In mid-2015 the airport, designed to handle 20 flights per hour, was servicing 23 per hour.[37]

Phuket airport handled 12.9 million passengers in 2015, 12.8 percent more than 2014, with international numbers rising 8.27 percent to 6.95 million and domestic up 18.6 percent to 5.9 million. Aircraft movements grew 11.6 percent to 84,758, with 43,996 international (up 7.63 percent) and 40,762 domestic (up 16.1 percent).[3]

Passenger movementsEdit

Year Domestic International Total Change%
1995 1,730,895 919,503 2,650,398   9.68
1996 1,896,068 879,688 2,775,756   4.73
1997 1,898,303 942,336 2,840,639   2.34
1998 2,132,108 1,010,606 3,142,714   10.63
1999 2,035,836 1,189,895 3,225,731   2.64
2000 2,171,146 1,358,745 3,541,575   9.43
2001 2,240,264 1,370,429 3,610,693   2.29
2002 2,230,663 1,382,858 3,613,521   0.08
2003 2,104,548 1,496,401 3,600,949   0.35
2004 2,826,022 2,024,879 4,850,901   34.71
2005 2,246,723 922,311 3,169,034   34.67
2006 3,032,976 1,677,723 4,710,699   48.65
2007 3,513,966 2,190,399 5,704,365   21.09
2008 3,321,443 2,409,305 5,703,748   0.46
2009 3,489,012 2,290,906 5,779,918   0.86
2010 3,701,427 3,342,356 7,043,783   21.87
2011 4,097,276 4,370,719 8,467,995   20.22
2012 4,475,624 5,065,928 9,541,552   12.68
2013 4,958,880 6,383,611 11,342,491   18.87
2014 4,976,451 6,425,047 11,401,498   0.52
2015 5,909,356 6,950,000 12,859,356   12.8
2016 6,997,879 8,109,306 15,107,185   17.48
2017 7,655,579 9,200,058 16,855,637   11.6%

Aircraft movementsEdit

Year Domestic International Total Change%
1995 11,135 9,380 20,515   6.79
1996 11,586 9,626 21,212   3.40
1997 11,402 10,257 21,659   2.11
1998 9,673 10,272 19,945   7.91
1999 9,391 11,887 21,278   6.68
2000 11,850 11,472 23,322   9.61
2001 12,705 12,467 25,172   7.93
2002 10,920 12,248 23,168   7.96
2003 12,669 12,015 24,684   6.54
2004 16,765 15,917 32,682   32.40
2005 14,115 9,970 24,085   26.30
2006 17,207 13,680 30,887   28.24
2007 23,915 16,884 40,799   32.09
2008 20,814 17,177 37,991   6.88
2009 20,883 16,987 37,870   0.32
2010 25,311 23,257 48,568   28.25
2011 27,932 28,741 56,673   16.69
2012 28,578 32,426 61,004   7.64
2013 32,370 40,219 72,589   18.99
2014 35,096 40,878 75,974   4.66
2015 40,762 43,996 84,758   16.1
2016 48,883 48,930 97,813   15.40
2017 52,609 53,484 106,093   8.5%

Freight tonnageEdit

Year Domestic International Total Change%
1995 5,659 5,021 10,680   198.16
1996 7,994 5,620 13,614   27.47
1997 8,285 7,522 15,807   16.11
1998 8,213 7,683 15,896   0.56
1999 10,963 11,455 22,418   41.03
2000 9,841 11,091 20,932   6.63
2001 9,345 9,651 18,996   9.25
2002 10,352 12,855 23,207   22.17
2003 10,866 12,338 23,204   0.01
2004 13,382 14,659 28,041   20.85
2005 12,306 6,425 18,731   33.20
2006 13,384 4,729 18,113   3.30
2007 13,268 6,452 19,720   8.87
2008 12,671 6,535 19,206   2.61
2009 13,195 7,780 20,975   9.21
2010 17,434 12,810 30,244   44.19
2011 17,627 10,687 28,314   6.38
2012 18,798 15,541 34,339   21.28
2013 17,234 17,386 34,620   0.82
2014 17,653 22,631 40,284   16.36
2015 14,552 22,822 37,374   5.73
2016 14,676 28,538 43,214
2017 15,670 37,529 53,990   23.1%

Busiest international routesEdit

Busiest international routes to and from Phuket Airport (2016)[38]
Rank Airport Passengers handled Change%
1   Singapore 970,219   2.75
2   Kuala Lumpur 689,787   0.31
3   Hong Kong 671,801   7.27
4   Shanghai–Pudong 607,549   2.67
5   Seoul–Incheon 568,723   20.43
6   Chengdu 420,339   11.55
7   Dubai-International 398,764   61,85
8   Moscow-Sheremetyevo 324,209   94.55
9   Doha 281,580   68.12
10   Chongqing 266,942   9.61
11   Beijing-Capital 219,287   28.80
12   Abu Dhabi 215,557   7.49
13   Moscow-Domodedovo 183,018   155.52
14   Guangzhou 155,068   41.95
15   Shenzhen 140,911   74.86
16   Wuhan 126,618   387.12
17   Sydney 109,003   18.56
18   Melbourne 105,687   16.45
19   Zhengzhou 90,072   118.76
20   Xi'an 84,964   36.94

Top destinationsEdit

Busiest international routes from Phuket by flights per week 2017
Rank Destinations Frequency (Weekly) Airlines
1 Singapore 75 Jetstar Asia Airways, SilkAir, Thai AirAsia, Tigerair/Scoot
2 Kuala Lumpur–International 56 AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air
3 Shanghai–Pudong, China 42 Juneyao Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Spring Airlines
4 Hong Kong 35 Cathay Dragon, Hong Kong Express Airways, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways
5 Beijing–Capital, China 18 Air China, Hainan Airlines, Thai Airways
6 Seoul–Incheon, South Korea 18 Korean Air, Asiana
7 Chengdu, China 18 China Eastern Airlines, Nok Air, Shenzhen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines
8 Chongqing, China 18 Chongqing Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Tianjin Airlines
9 Dubai–International, United Arab Emirates 14 Emirates
10 Doha, Qatar 14 Qatar Airways
11 Guangzhou, China 14 China Southern Airlines
12 Shenzhen, China 13 China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines
13 Changsha, China 10 China Southern Airlines, Shandong Airlines
14 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 7 Etihad
15 Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Russia 7 Aeroflot

Busiest domestic routesEdit

Busiest domestic routes to and from Phuket Airport (2016)[38]
Rank Airport Passengers handled Change%
1 Bangkok–Don Mueang 3,371,740   27.24
2 Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi 2,792,807   10.97
3 Chiang Mai 455,649   7.40
4 Samui 179,230  12.32
5 Udon Thani 108,754   2.45
6 Hat Yai 40,028   389.28
7 Rayong 34,791   5.78
8 Chiang Rai 13,622   151,255.56

Phuket Airport Passenger Totals (millions)Edit

 

Incidents and accidentsEdit

  • On 15 April 1985 a Thai Airways Boeing 737-2P5 crashed, killing all 11 people on board. The crew had issued a radio call informing air traffic control that both engines had flamed out. No cause could be determined for the engine shutdown.[39]
  • On 31 August 1987 Thai Airways Flight 365 from Hat Yai International Airport crashed into the ocean upon final approach, killing all 83 people on board. The investigation determined pilot error as the primary cause.[40]
  • On 16 September 2007 One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 arriving on a scheduled flight from Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport crashed after hitting the runway while attempting to land in driving rain and severe wind shear. The McDonnell Douglas MD-82 slid off the runway, split into two, and exploded into flames after an apparent attempt to execute a go-around moments before touchdown. There were 123 passengers and 7 crew on board. 89 died and 40 were injured.[citation needed]

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External linksEdit

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