By The Nation
Darun Saengchai said the upgrade was part of the “Riviera Thailand” and Southern Economic Corridor projects.
He said work at the airport would take four or five years and include enlarging the passenger terminal and building a second one.
The number of travellers using the airport is expected to increase by tenfold, to three million a year, within that timeframe.
Darun said the runway would also be extended, from 30 to 45 metres, and the hangars would be expanded.
The department was looking at building an airport in Ratchaburi for private jets, he said, mulling plans for both facilities and financing.