On 11th February 2014 at Phuket Merlin Hotel in Phuket City, Phuket Airport Deputy Managing Director – Kanpat Mangkalasiri presided over a public meeting to listen opinions for a project initiated by Airport of Thailand (AOT) to study and prepare a master plan for the future of Phuket regional airport. The project, which is looking at all of AOT’s airport expansions, has also engaged a number of consultants including D103 Consortium and Netherlands Airport Consultants to listen to opinions and suggestions from participants with regards to for five-year, 10-year and 20-year expansion plans for the airport. Also in attendance and showing great interest in the discussions were Phuket Governor – Maitree Intusut and OrBorJor Phuket President – Paiboon Upatising.
Khun Kanpat said “Phuket International Airport is a major transportation hub and has an important role in connecting tourists to other regions in the country and abroad. As well as finding solutions to increasing air traffic capacity, we need to put together a long-term master plan to define the future direction of the airport. This objective of this project is to evaluate the potential and limitations of the Phuket airport infrastructure so that it does not affect the regions natural attributes.”