There has been an announcement made in August 2018 by the Airports Department Director General that 3.5 billion THB is to be spent to upgrade the Airport over the next five years. He was quoted as saying that this would include “enlarging the passenger terminal and widening the runway and expanding hangars”. Very recently Hua Hin Today had the opportunity to be much better informed by meeting with Airport Director, Mr. Apisit Ubolkomut, he’s someone who is very qualified to know the real story. The Department of Airports (DOA) is the Thai government department under the Ministry of Transport. It operates 28 civil airports throughout the country; including Hua Hin. However to describe the Hua Hin airport as Khun Apisit’s ‘own airport’ is not far from reality.
Khun Apisit has been the Director for the past 5 years but with an architectural background he was the lead designer of the building completed 25 years ago; he knows the facility intimately.
Khun Apisit is very comfortable and relaxed about any responding to question about ‘his’ airport; after all he answers such questions every day. His first question to us was “OK, what do you want to know?”; our immediate response was “what is the future of the Hua Hin Airport?”
Here’s what the community can expect with the following developments commencing very soon:
– Final confirmation to double the size of the terminal. The primary reason is the inability for the existing building to separate domestic and international passengers; vital for security, customs and immigration.
– It is also confirmed that the runway will be made wider from the exiting 35 metres to 45 metres wide along with additional aircraft tarmac ‘parking’ facilities.
– The length of the current runway is satisfactory for narrow bodied aircraft such as the A320 Airbus operated by Air Asia and may other lost cost carriers.
A longer runway for long haul carriers can be achieved with an extension of some 500 metres. However this could only be achieved with an extension seaward as private ownership inland prevents any western extension. There are no current proposals or considerations being given to this extension in the near future.
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