Pratuang Sornkham, the Director of Phuket International Airport, said that there are predicted to be about 25% more passengers coming to the airport during October 2010 to April 2011. In other words, the number of passengers (both in & out) would reach 6.7 million tourists, while the airport’s capability was to serve only 6.5 million passengers.
The airport had added 200 trolleys and expanded the departing terminal, as well asking the airlines to provide check-in counters in hotels. It was estimated that the situation would last 4-5 months. Now, Thomas Cook Airline had already provided check-in counters in hotels to reduce the check-in time at the airport.
He said that the most increasing tourists were from Australia, China, Korea, Russia and European countries. There were 30 airlines using Phuket International Airport. During this winter, there would new airlines landing at the airport including Qatar Airways routing Doha-Kuala Lumpur-Phuket. This new flight was launched on October 12th 2010. Moreover, the number of charter flights from China and Korea were increasing as well as the charter flights of Thomas Cook.
Pratuang added that from October 2009 – September 2010, there were 46,132 flights in and out of Phuket International Airport or 63 flights landing a day. It was 28.16% more compared to previous year. The total number of passenger was 6,797,098 or 18,622 passengers a day, up 24.91% compared to previous year. ( See http://aot.listedcompany.com/misc/statistic/2010/FY_2010_Sep.xls )