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Airports ordered to hurry upgrades in 2021 as Thailand eyes return of tourists

Dec 08. 2020
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By The Nation

Deputy Transport Minister Thaworn Senneam has ordered the Department of Airports to accelerate the 2021 investment of Bt5 billion, most of which will be spent on increasing runway length.

Trang airport’s runway will be extended from 2,200 metres to 2,990 metres at a cost of Bt1.8 billion while Buriram airport runway will be extended from 2,100 to 2,900 metres for Bt950 million.

The budget will also be spent to expand an apron at Buriram airport, and reinforce a runway and expand an apron at Surat Thani airport (Bt800 million).

Meanwhile, a runway will be improved and an apron extended at Khon Khaen airport to increase capacity from five to 12 aircraft. The department is drawing up a reference price and bidding detail.

The department has requested a budget of Bt12 billion for 2022.

Thawon also ordered the department to open Betong airport in Yala in the next couple of months.

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