Prime Minister Proposes Renaming and Expanding Hua Hin Airport

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Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has revealed considerations to rename Hua Hin Airport to Phetch-Hua Hin, aiming to spotlight the adjoining province of Phetchaburi. During a visit to Hua Hin on Monday, the Prime Minister expressed support for the proposed name change, citing potential benefits for the neighboring province. Hua Hin Airport, located in Hua Hin district, Prachuap Khiri Khan province, and bordering Cha-am district of Phetchaburi, has historically played a crucial role in the region’s aviation landscape.

Originally constructed during World War II by the Japanese military, Hua Hin Airport served as a strategic airfield for their operations in the area. Following the war, the Thai government took control of the airport, albeit it fell into disuse and neglect for a period. However, in the early 2000s, recognizing the burgeoning tourism in the Hua Hin region, the Thai government initiated efforts to revitalize the airport. Subsequent upgrades and modernizations transformed it into a viable commercial airport, facilitating domestic flights to major cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

Recent developments have underscored the airport’s progress towards meeting international aviation standards. In our report in August 2023, Airport Director Mr. Rattapol Charoenpol disclosed significant strides in the airport’s development plan. Key among the improvements is the extension of the runway, now meeting aviation standards at 2,100 meters in length and 60 meters in width, including shoulders. This enhancement enables the accommodation of larger aircraft like the Airbus A320, paving the way for expanded international flight operations.

Despite these advancements, the airport’s utilization remains below its potential. Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin highlighted the need for further development, particularly extending the runway to facilitate international flights and attract more travelers to the resort city.

Today, efforts to expedite runway expansion are underway to accommodate foreign aircraft and meet ICAO standards, expected to be completed within 2 years, 6 months ahead of schedule to align with the high season, attracting high-end international tourists like golfers and enhancing potential for future world-class events. Additionally, directives have been issued to the Transport Ministry to prepare overall airport connectivity nationwide.

Presently, Thai AirAsia stands as the sole airline offering regular services to Hua Hin Airport, operating flights from Chiang Mai four days a week, according to information from the airport’s official Facebook page. Such initiatives align with broader government policies, including the Pheu Thai-led coalition government’s ambition to position Thailand as a prominent aviation hub.

While discussions regarding the airport’s name change and expansion continue, stakeholders remain optimistic about the prospects of Hua Hin Airport as a pivotal transportation hub in the region.

Editorial Staff
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