Hua Hin Airport is set to welcome direct flights from at least five other countries from as early as next month, according to Udon Olsson, advisor to the Transport Ministry and chairman of the Phoenix Aviation Group Thailand.
Speaking to local property agent Arnold Ruijs, Mr Udon said that flights will first arrive from Singapore, Hong Kong, South China and India, during the first phase of the airport’s expansion plans, which are being carried out by the Phoenix Aviation Group.
Air Asia will also resume its flight to Kuala Lumpur, which had been operating before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hua Hin’s currently underused and under-utilised airport will welcome daily flights from countries within a 6 hour flight radius from Thailand.
Mr Udon added that flights from Singapore, India and Hong Kong are likely to be serviced by two airlines each – JetStar and Scoot (Singapore), GoFirst and Discover the World (India) and Greater Bay Airlines and Hong Kong Express (Hong Kong).
Initially, one flight per day is set to land at Hua Hin Airport throughout December, before two to three flights per day arrive at the airport in early 2022.
Later in 2022, seven flights per day are expected to land at Hua Hin Airport, each with capacity to carry up to 180 passengers.
Flights to and from Singapore will also enable connections to the Middle East and India, Mr Udon said.
The expansion of Hua Hin Airport is part of Phoenix Aviation Group’s ambitious plans to transform Hua Hin into a truly international tourist destination.
Within three years, one million passengers will be arriving at the airport, two years earlier than initially projected.
In addition, there are also plans to turn the airport itself into an event and entertainment hub.