On 24th February 2014 at Phuket International Airport, the opening ceremony was held for the airport’s new Terminal-X building, built to service charter flight passengers and reduce congestion at the old terminal. President of Airport of Thailand Co.,Ltd – Khun Makin Petplai presided over the ceremony which was also attended by Chief Executive Officer of Airport of Thailand – Khun Pongsak Semson, Managing Director of Phuket Airport – Khun Pratheung Sornkum, Phuket Vice Governor – Khun Jamroen Thippayapongthada, PPAO Chief Executive – Khun Paiboon Upatising, Former Phuket MP – Khun Raewat Areerob and Phuket Senator – Khun Thanyarat Achariyachai.
At the ceremony, Khun Makin said “Phuket International Airport was originally designed to accommodate 6.5 million passengers per year. However, at present there are more than 11 million per year, which causes congestion within the airport. Therefore, the management company approved the construction of the new passenger building, named Terminal –X, and other upgrades which will potentially increase the services of the airport.
“In the near future, these upgrades will allow up to 6 more airlines to travel in Phuket. With regards to the Terminal-X building, it has a total usage space of 1,320 m2, will accommodate 1,000 passengers per day and is open 24 hours a day.”