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Phuket International Airport
ท่าอากาศยานภูเก็ต
Phuket Airport Prasertwit-1.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Airports of Thailand PCL (AOT)
Serves Phuket
Location 222 Mai Khao, Thalang, Phuket, Thailand
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 82 ft / 25 m
Coordinates 08°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
Website phuketairportthai.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 Passengers 16,855,637 Increase11.6%
International passengers 9,200,058 Increase13.5%
Domestic passengers 7,655,579 Increase9.4%
Aircraft Movements 106,093 Increase 8.5%
Freight (tonnes) 53,199 Increase23.1%
Sources: Airport[1]

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]

Facilities

Terminals

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]

Flightline

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 destinations

Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International, Penang
Air China Beijing–Capital, Chengdu (begins 29 October 2018),[8] Hangzhou
Asia Atlantic Airlines Charter: Harbin, Shenyang
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon
Azur Air Seasonal charter: Krasnoyarsk–Yemelyanovo, Moscow–Domodedovo
Bangkok Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Ko Samui, Pattaya–U-Tapao
Beijing Capital Airlines Sanya
Cathay Dragon Hong Kong
China Eastern Airlines Chengdu, Hangzhou, Kunming, Nanjing, Ningbo, Taiyuan, Xi'an
China Eastern Airlines
operated by Shanghai Airlines
Shanghai–Pudong
China Southern Airlines Changsha, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Nanning, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Zhengzhou
Chongqing Airlines Chongqing
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Emirates Dubai–International
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Firefly Penang
GoAir Delhi (begins 13 October 2018),[9] Mumbai (begins 12 October 2018)[9]
Hainan Airlines Beijing–Capital, Haikou, Shenzhen[10]
Hebei Airlines Shijiazhuang
HK Express Hong Kong
Jetstar Airways Melbourne, Sydney
Jetstar Asia Airways Singapore
Jin Air Seoul–Incheon
Juneyao Airlines Nanjing,[11] Shanghai–Pudong
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon
Kunming Airlines Kunming
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal charter: Warsaw–Chopin (begins 6 November 2018)
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
Neos Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa[12]
New Gen Airways Nakhon Ratchasima [13]
Charter: Hangzhou, Hohhot, Wuxi
Nok Air Bangkok–Don Mueang, Beijing–Capital[14]
Charter: Chengdu, Nanning, Nantong
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Irkutsk, Khabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk–Yemelyanovo, Mineralnye Vody, Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok
Okay Airways Tianjin, Xi'an
Seasonal: Hangzhou[15]
Pegas Fly Charter: Blagoveshchensk, Irkutsk, Khabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk–Yemelyanovo, Novosibirsk, Yakutsk, Yekaterinburg
Qatar Airways Doha
Rossiya Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow–Vnukovo
Royal Flight Seasonal charter: Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Scoot Singapore
Shandong Airlines Changsha, Jinan, Qingdao, Xiamen[16]
Shenzhen Airlines Chengdu, Guangzhou,[17] Shenzhen
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu, Chongqing
SilkAir Singapore
Spring Airlines Chengdu, Ningbo, Shanghai–Pudong, Yangzhou
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, Hong Kong
Seasonal: Copenhagen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Thai Lion Air Bangkok–Don Mueang, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing,[18] Hangzhou, Hefei, Nanjing, Shanghai–Pudong, Tianjin,[19] Xi'an,[20] Zhengzhou[21]
Thai Smile Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong (begins 28 October 2018)[22]
Charter: Lanzhou[23]
Thai Vietjet Air Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Rai[24]
Tianjin Airlines Chongqing, Tianjin
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham,[25] London–Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Helsinki[26]
TUIfly Nordic Charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg–Landvetter, Malmö, Oslo–Gardermoen
Seasonal charter: Helsinki, Stockholm–Arlanda
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
VietJet Air Ho Chi Minh City
XiamenAir Fuzhou, Xiamen

Traffic statistics

Phuket is a favourite tourist destination in the region. International passengers mainly come from Asia Pacific and Europe.[27] 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.[28]

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 movements

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

Aircraft movements

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

Freight tonnage

Year Domestic International Total Change%
1995 5,659 5,021 10,680 Increase 198.16
1996 7,994 5,620 13,614 Increase 27.47
1997 8,285 7,522 15,807 Increase 16.11
1998 8,213 7,683 15,896 Increase 0.56
1999 10,963 11,455 22,418 Increase 41.03
2000 9,841 11,091 20,932 Decrease 6.63
2001 9,345 9,651 18,996 Decrease 9.25
2002 10,352 12,855 23,207 Increase 22.17
2003 10,866 12,338 23,204 Increase 0.01
2004 13,382 14,659 28,041 Increase 20.85
2005 12,306 6,425 18,731 Decrease 33.20
2006 13,384 4,729 18,113 Decrease 3.30
2007 13,268 6,452 19,720 Increase 8.87
2008 12,671 6,535 19,206 Decrease 2.61
2009 13,195 7,780 20,975 Increase 9.21
2010 17,434 12,810 30,244 Increase 44.19
2011 17,627 10,687 28,314 Decrease 6.38
2012 18,798 15,541 34,339 Increase 21.28
2013 17,234 17,386 34,620 Increase 0.82
2014 17,653 22,631 40,284 Increase 16.36
2015 14,552 22,822 37,374 Decrease 5.73
2016 14,676 28,538 43,214
2017 15,670 37,529 53,199 Increase 23.1%

Busiest international routes

Busiest international routes to and from Phuket Airport (2016)[29]
Rank Airport Passengers handled Change%
1 Singapore Singapore 970,219 Increase 2.75
2 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur 689,787 Decrease 0.31
3 Hong Kong Hong Kong 671,801 Decrease 7.27
4 China Shanghai–Pudong 607,549 Increase 2.67
5 South Korea Seoul–Incheon 568,723 Increase 20.43
6 China Chengdu 420,339 Increase 11.55
7 United Arab Emirates Dubai-International 398,764 Increase 61,85
8 Russia Moscow-Sheremetyevo 324,209 Increase 94.55
9 Qatar Doha 281,580 Increase 68.12
10 China Chongqing 266,942 Increase 9.61
11 China Beijing-Capital 219,287 Increase 28.80
12 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi 215,557 Increase 7.49
13 Russia Moscow-Domodedovo 183,018 Increase 155.52
14 China Guangzhou 155,068 Increase 41.95
15 China Shenzhen 140,911 Increase 74.86
16 China Wuhan 126,618 Increase 387.12
17 Australia Sydney 109,003 Increase 18.56
18 Australia Melbourne 105,687 Increase 16.45
19 China Zhengzhou 90,072 Increase 118.76
20 China Xi'an 84,964 Decrease 36.94

Top destinations

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 Dragonair, 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 routes

Busiest domestic routes to and from Phuket Airport (2016)[29]
Rank Airport Passengers handled Change%
1 Bangkok–Don Mueang 3,371,740 Increase 27.24
2 Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi 2,792,807 Increase 10.97
3 Chiang Mai 455,649 Increase 7.40
4 Samui 179,230 Increase12.32
5 Udon Thani 108,754 Increase 2.45
6 Hat Yai 40,028 Increase 389.28
7 Rayong 34,791 Decrease 5.78
8 Chiang Rai 13,622 Increase 151,255.56

Phuket Airport Passenger Totals (millions)

Incidents and accidents

  • 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.[30]
  • 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.[31]
  • 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 links

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

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