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Chiang Mai airport to be expanded

A night view of Chiang Mai Airport. Photo Courtesy of the Airports of Thailand

Airports of Thailand plans to invest 11 billion baht to expand Chiang Mai airport. Chiang Mai Airport director Gp Capt Wisut Chanthana said the present facility can handle up to 8 million passengers a year. But last year, the number of passengers reached 9.45 million, up 13% from the year before.

The plan is to increase its capacity to support up to 20 million passengers by 2035. Airport staff will spend about two years conducting an environmental impact assessment. In 2019, work should start on expanding taxiways, parking bays and the runway and building a new passenger terminal and car park.

Chiang Mai airport, Thailand's fourth-busiest, generated more than 2 billion baht of revenue last year, increasing 19.68% from the year before. The number of total flights to and from Chiang Mai airport rose 8.39% to 69,202 last year. Services are provided by eight domestic airlines and 24 international airlines.

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