In Thailand, they plan to start construction of the country's first terminal for hydroplanes

By TravelWiseJan 31, 2024 14:33 PMNews
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In Thailand, they plan to start construction of the country's first terminal for hydroplanes
The first seaplanes may soon arrive at Phuket Airport. Source: Photo: Freepik

Airports of Thailand (AOT) has announced its intention to launch an innovative project to build the country's first seaplane terminal in Phuket. This initiative aims to increase the airport's capacity and introduce an alternative mode of transportation.

Seaplanes are expected to transport tourists to the islands of Phuket and Samui, as well as the cities of Pattaya and Hua Hin, providing a more convenient and traffic-free travel option. This information was reported by Hua Hin Today.

Phuket's proximity to the sea makes it an ideal location for a seaplane terminal, similar to those in Vancouver, Canada, and the Maldives. The project is anticipated to be constructed and operational within one to two years. The seaplane terminal will offer an alternative to conventional boats, enhancing maritime tourism, particularly for one of Thailand's key destinations, Hua Hin.

Kirat Kijmanawat, CEO of AOT, mentioned that an environmental impact assessment (EIA) report is currently in preparation for the development of the water airfield at Phuket Airport. The company expects the tender and construction processes to commence in early 2028.

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