New commercial airport near Thai capital to open by 2017 – The Nation

New commercial airport near Thai capital to open by 2017

June 4, 2015 11:57 am

Bangkok (dpa) – Thailand’s military government plans to open a new commercial airport near Bangkok by 2017, officials said Thursday.

The government plans to redevelop U-Tapao, a former Vietnam War-era Air Force base located near the tourist resort of Pattaya, around 140 kilometres from Bangkok.

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It would be the third airport to serve the capital, along with Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports.

U-Tapao currently receives chartered flights from Russia and China, but Transport Minister Prajin Juntong told reporters he wants to make it a low-cost carrier hub.

Tourism accounts for 10 per cent of Thailand’s economy.

A report by Master Card earlier this month revealed that Bangkok was the world’s second-most visited city in 2014, with 18.24 million arrivals. It followed London, which had 18.82 million visitors.

via New commercial airport near Thai capital to open by 2017 – The Nation.

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