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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai expands airport

Via: Bangkok Post

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The northern city’s airport is embarking on an upgrade to cope with surging traffic demand, particularly from China, whose citizens have been flocking to the northern Thai city.

The upgrade, estimated to cost just over 100 million baht, includes adding an eighth apron for large aircraft, expanding the international arrival hall and domestic departure hall, improving toilets and creating an OTOP centere.

The work is expected to be carried out this year as the airport plans to de-bottleneck its facility to deal with rising passenger and aircraft traffic, said Lukchai Chaleoyprach, the airport’s general manager.

The airport also plans to extend its operating hours around the clock, up from 6am to midnight now, especially to accommodate charter flights to and from China after midnight, starting in April.

The airport also plans to extend its operating hours around the clock, up from 6am to midnight now, especially to accommodate charter flights to and from China after midnight, starting in April.

The airport also plans to extend its operating hours around the clock, up from 6am to midnight now, especially to accommodate charter flights to and from China after midnight, starting in April.

Eight airlines operate domestic flights through Chiang Mai with 14 routes, and 19 carriers have international flights through the city with 18 routes. Chiang Mai airport is connected with Chinese cities on 10 routes.

The current upgrade is meant to address specific constraints that emerge during peak hours. After the upgrade, the international arrival hall’s space will be increased to 3,000 square metres from 1,000while the domestic departure hall will jump to 3,500 sq m from 1,000 sq m.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/aviation/390987/chiang-mai-expands-airport

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January 23, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Will this mean there might be cheaper flights in the near future for us China dwellers who want to come to Chiang Mai?! Would love any news/updates you might have about flying to this part of Thailand as I have heard it is truly phenomenal. Unfortunately, at the moment though, it does make a substantial dent to the wallet to buy a ticket from Shanghai to Chiang Mai. Any recommendations appreciated!

    Comment by che210 | January 23, 2014 | Reply


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