Yala new usually receives about 600,000 visitors per year – a figure that is expected to rise to one million annually after the new airport is opened.
The Cabinet also recently approved a runway extension from the original length of 1,800 metres to 2,100 metres – which will allow for large aircraft to land.
The airport construction is one of a series of tourism-related infrastructure projects intended to attract more tourists to Yala’s Betong, Narathiwat’s Su-ngai Kolok and Pattani’s Nong Chik towns as per the Thai government’s “triangle economy city model” programme.
Published : March 26, 2018
By : Charoon Thongnual The Nation