Terry wrote: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.
Simple... don't do routes to BKK! The Chaing Mai route seems pretty successful. There are other places that might do well. Samui is one possibility. I imagine Hat Yai and Nong Khae could be popular with visa-runners. Phuket, perhaps would also make sense.
I know I'd certainly take up flights to those places for 'weekend breaks' if the opportunity was there, and the price was agreeable.
Nereus wrote:The airport was upgraded, but never certified as International.
Does an airport need International certification to run international flights? I seem to remember there were flights from Hua Hin-Kuala Lumpar a couple of years back.