Cabinet clears U-Tapao Airport’s expansion as commercial airport


The Cabinet has agreed in principle to expand U-Tapao Airport in Rayong province so it can start welcoming up to 60 million passengers yearly and accommodate international flights.

Government spokesperson Ratchada Dhnadirek said earlier this week that a new runway and taxiway will be constructed to serve businesses based in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).

The 17.77-billion-baht project, implemented by the Royal Thai Navy, was launched in October 2019 and 1.46 billion baht has been allocated so far.

The Finance Ministry, meanwhile, has been tasked with seeking the remaining 16.31 billion required for the project in loans.

The 3,505-metre runway is scheduled to be ready by 2024.