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Phuket airport expansion finally gets off the ground

By on Aug 29, 2012 in Property News

Work on the long-awaited expansion of the crowded Phuket airport can finally commence as soon as mid-September after tomorrow’s expected appointment of the prime contractor.

An artist’s impression of Phuket airport’s new passenger terminal as envisioned by MAA-Design 103, the group commissioned by AoT for the project. BOONSONG KOSITCHOTETHANA

The Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) board will select one of five construction companies vying for the 5-billion-baht contract including Italian-Thai Development Plc and Sino-Thai Engineering & Construction Plc.

The contract award will signal the start of construction, which AoT is trying to reduce to 30 months from 36 months.

The accelerated schedule is due to the pressure from double-digit growth in passenger traffic through Thailand’s second-busiest airport, senior AoT executives told the Bangkok Post yesterday.

The 5.7-billion-baht expansion will entail a new passenger terminal capable of handling 6 million passengers a year, 10 more aircraft aprons from the present 15 and a five-storey car park for 1,000 vehicles.

When finished, the overall airport will process 12.5 million passengers a year, the expected capacity at the time of completion.

The expansion has been eagerly awaited by businesses and communities on the southern resort island for whom airport congestion has become a way of life.

Passenger traffic through Phuket airport soared by 20% last year to 8.4 million, straining its capacity of 6.5 million.

As well, AoT conservatively estimates this year’s passenger volume at close to 10 million, rising by 15-18% a year after that.

For the Full article, please visit http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/aviation/309820/phuket-airport-expansion-finally-gets-off-the-ground

Source : Bangkok Post 29 August 2012

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