Suvarnabhumi International Airport is expanding steadily and setting new standards in aviation. The latest addition to this thriving hub is the satellite terminal, SAT-1, announced by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. This expansion increases the airport’s passenger handling capacity from 45 million to an impressive 60 million per year. Combined efforts from the transportation and sports department were vital to this accomplishment, overseen by Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungreankit alongside others.
Apart from the new satellite terminal, Phuket, the southern island province, is also undergoing an infrastructural transformation. The prime minister’s visit to Phuket highlighted the government’s commitment to advancing transport infrastructure as a catalyst for tourism boost, particularly along the enchanting Andaman coast. The provinces, including Phuket and Phangnga, are lined up for extensive tourism promotion projects.
The ambitious development agenda includes a second airport in Phuket with a budget of 5.8 billion baht, remodeling of the Krabi airport for 2.7 billion baht, and an 80-billion-baht budget for an international airport construction in Phangnga’s Takua Thung district. Strategic road improvements are also being introduced including the Kathu-Patong expressway in Phuket, expansion of the Highway No.4207, and the Muang Mai-Koh Kaew-Kathu expressway.
These projects reflect the government’s readiness to collaborate with every stakeholder in improving the tourism sector. Phuket, the economic stimulus model, has shown immense potential to link visitors with Krabi and Phangnga, forming the unique Andaman coast tourism cluster. Each province’s distinguishing characteristics cater to the diverse needs of tourists, boosting the attraction of the region.
While development projects in Phuket are ongoing, the prime minister reassured to maintain continuous growth in the region during the government’s four-year term. Visitors’ safety and contentment from arrival to departure are being given utmost priority. Traffic concerns related to tourism were discussed during the prime minister’s visit to the construction site of the Kathu-Patong expressway.
Prime Minister Srettha exhibits a relentless drive to facilitate more infrastructural development in the island province, aiming to attract more tourists. Ensuring that the budgets allocated for these projects are judiciously used for the general good is vital. Environmental impact and residents’ livelihoods are critical considerations during the construction processes.
The prime minister’s visit to Phangnga brought focus on the airport construction project, spreading over roughly 7,400 rai in Takua Thung district. Preservation of local residents’ interests and avoidance of adverse impacts due to the project are crucial. Building effective transport systems and urban expansion preparation around the planned airport is necessary for the future.
The proposals for the massive infrastructural transformations outlining seven projects worth 148 billion baht to enhance land and air transport facilities are being prepared by Transport Minister Suriya, thus promising a wave of robust growth for Phuket.