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Hua Hin airport to be expanded to accommodate larger aircraft

Post by buksida » Sat May 07, 2016 4:10 pm

The Transport Ministry plans to improve and expand the runway of Hua Hin airport so that it can handle larger aircraft.

The plan aimed at promoting international tourism to this famous seaside resort town not far from Bangkok.

The plan was disclosed yesterday as the transport minister Mr Arkhom Termpittayapaisith visited the airport on his inspection trip.

He ordered that a plan to develop the airport be created to improve the capability of this comparatively underutilized air terminal.

At present, only one carrier operates from the airport and other than that it is primarily used as a base for the Civil Aviation Training Center.

He said Hua Hin airport is actually well equipped with a 35-meter wide 2,100-meter long runway which can support Boeing 737 aircraft.

It has strong potential for development and improvements as its capabilities could facilitate aircraft even larger in size.

This will then attract even more carriers which in turn will dramatically improve tourism in and around Hua Hin, he said.

Furthermore, should the improvements meet the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards then its potential will increase exponentially.

He then assigned the Department of Airports the responsibility of expanding the width of the runway from 35 to 45 meters as a mean to promote international tourism to this seaside resort.

At present 80% of tourists to Hua Hin are Thais, and 20% foreign tourists from Europe.

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Post by pharvey » Sat May 07, 2016 4:18 pm

From my understanding, there's been plenty of past and failed "projects" for airlines flying into and out of HH. Also the fact that the flight path goes directly over the King's Residence has been somewhat of a problem.....

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Post by dalmatiandave » Sat May 07, 2016 5:28 pm

Which is the airline that operates from Hua Hin now as mentioned?

I know plenty have had schedules but am not aware of any operating presently.

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Post by Nereus » Sat May 07, 2016 5:33 pm

pharvey wrote:From my understanding, there's been plenty of past and failed "projects" for airlines flying into and out of HH. Also the fact that the flight path goes directly over the King's Residence has been somewhat of a problem.....

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Erm, no. The Palace is an excluded zone. The main runway is virtually one way, as take off to the south involves an immediate left turn to avoid the exclusion zone, and landing from the south is only permitted if the aircraft can approach and land by doing a close right hand downwind circuit, such as a light aircraft or helicopter.
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Post by Blacky » Sat May 07, 2016 6:10 pm

dalmatiandave wrote:Which is the airline that operates from Hua Hin now as mentioned?

I know plenty have had schedules but am not aware of any operating presently.
Kan Airlines is currently operating out of Hua Hin but only servicing flights from and to Chiang Mai. http://www.kanairlines.com/

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Re: Hua Hin airport to be expanded to accommodate larger aircraft

Post by Terry » Sat May 07, 2016 6:17 pm

As somebody who depends in part on tourists for my business, I would love to see the airport get used more often.

However, I really don't see the market for the airport unless it's for say golf charters and the like. It's too close to Bangkok to be efficiently used as a BKK - HH - BKK means of transport, so I don't see how it WILL work.

Commuting from BKK is too easy by road and if EVER the so called High Speed Train comes to town then that would also kill it.

It's a shame as it is a great facility for the town but I can only see contued failure for it......... :banghead: :roll:

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Re: Hua Hin airport to be expanded to accommodate larger aircraft

Post by stretch » Sat May 07, 2016 6:29 pm

do they mean planes are coming or just another white herring :alien: :alien:

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Re: Hua Hin airport to be expanded to accommodate larger aircraft

Post by stretch » Sat May 07, 2016 8:05 pm

Or it may be a red herring

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Post by stretch » Sat May 07, 2016 8:06 pm

stretch wrote:do they mean planes are coming or just another red herring :alien: :alien:

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Post by dalmatiandave » Sat May 07, 2016 8:32 pm

Blacky wrote:
dalmatiandave wrote:Which is the airline that operates from Hua Hin now as mentioned?

I know plenty have had schedules but am not aware of any operating presently.
Kan Airlines is currently operating out of Hua Hin but only servicing flights from and to Chiang Mai. http://www.kanairlines.com/

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Post by HHTel » Sat May 07, 2016 8:46 pm

As I remember, some years ago, Hua Hin Airport got International Status one month after closing commercially.

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Post by pharvey » Sat May 07, 2016 11:27 pm

Nereus wrote:Erm, no. The Palace is an excluded zone. The main runway is virtually one way, as take off to the south involves an immediate left turn to avoid the exclusion zone, and landing from the south is only permitted if the aircraft can approach and land by doing a close right hand downwind circuit, such as a light aircraft or helicopter.
OK, fair enough - could have sworn I'd read something on the Forum or elsewhere, but certainly do not have the facts to argue the case. Aside from the Palace is there another residence in HH (or nearby) which perhaps I'm getting confused with?

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Post by Big Boy » Sun May 08, 2016 7:43 am

I've seen people say that on here as well pharvey, but whenever I've used the airport, the plane hasn't gone anywhere near the palace.
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Post by prcscct » Sun May 08, 2016 8:27 am

This may help. You can see the runway and the direction. Pete :cheers:
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Re: Hua Hin airport to be expanded to accommodate larger aircraft

Post by Nereus » Sun May 08, 2016 10:53 am

The airport was upgraded, but never certified as International. What I find confusing is the proposal to widen the runway. This would be one hell of a job, bearing in mind part of the runway is over both the railway and Petchkasem Rd. For what advantage? The length is already enough for 737 size aircraft, and probably bigger. I suppose, as this is TIT, the plan is to land A380 aircraft full of European passengers!
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