Phuket has one of the busiest airports in Southeast Asia, and it connects the island with other parts of Thailand and some international airports. If people are planning to travel on to places like Bangkok or Chiang Mai they may find that flying from Phuket is a cost effective and quick way of doing this.
How to Get to and From Phuket International Airport
Phuket International Airport – Airport Code HKT – is located in the north of the island not far from Mai Khao Beach. It is approximately 30 km away from Phuket Town and 34 km away from Patong. There are a number of options for getting to and from the airport including:
- There are buses from Phuket airport to the new Phuket Bus Station as well as elsewhere on the island. A ticket for the airport bus from the bus terminal to the airport currently costs (mid-2012) 90 THB – these bus stops at both the arrivals hall and the departure area.
- A taxi from Patong to Phuket Airport can cost anywhere from 500 THB to 900 THB – it is important to haggle. It should be possible to get a taxi from Phuket town for about 400 THB.
- It is also possible to pick up a tuk tuk from the airport to most places on the island, but this option can end up being more expensive than a taxi – it can cost as much as 1,000 THB from Patong to the airport.
Domestic Destinations from Phuket Airport
It is possible to fly from Phuket to a number of destinations in Thailand including:
Phuket to Bangkok
There are many of flights between Phuket and Bangkok:
- Bangkok Airways has regular flights throughout the day from terminal 2 Phuket to Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. The prices can vary a great deal but the current price (mid 2012) is around 5,000 THB return.
- Nok Air currently offers 2 to 3 flights per day from Phuket to Bangkok Don Mueang Airport. Their flights tend to be a bit cheaper than Bangkok Airways, but it is always good to compare because this is not always the case.
- Air Asia is another budget airline that has about 8 flights spread out over the course of the day. At the moment Air Asia flies to Suvarnabhumi International Airport, but this will be changing to Don Mueang from October 2012.
- Thai Smile is a budget airline that belongs to the Thai Airways group. They have only recently begun operating (July 2012), but they plan to run cheap flights from Phuket to Bangkok from October 2012.
Phuket to Chiang Mai
It is possible to fly from Phuket to Chiang Mai by:
- Bangkok Airways has daily flights from Phuket to Chiang Mai. At the moment they have a special offer where fares are 2,890 THB – this offer ends at the end of November 2012.
- Thai Smile will be offering a service from Phuket to Chiang Mai from mid-September 2012.
- Air Asia currently offers two flights per day to Chiang Mai – one around noon and one in the evening.
Phuket to Koh Samui
Bangkok Airways has daily flights from Phuket to Koh Samui. The price for this flight varies, but the average cost for a one way ticket is 3,000 THB.
Phuket to Pattaya
Bangkok Airways has one flight per day to U-Tapao Airport near Pattaya. The price for this flight can range from around 2,000 THB to 4,000 THB – it is more expensive at the weekends.
Phuket to Northeast Thailand – Isaan
Air Asia offers 3 flights per week to Ubon Ratchathani. They are also currently providing daily flights to Udon Thani.
International Destinations from Phuket Airport
Phuket is an International Airport and they have flights to and from many parts of the world including:
- Moscow Russia
- Kumming China
- Bejing China
- Abu Dhabi
- Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
- Vienna Austria
- Frankfurt Germany
- Hong Kong
- Zurich Switzerland
- Penang Malaysia
- Jakarta Indonesia
- Seoul South Korea
- Hanoi Vietnam
- Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
- Paris France
- Perth Australia
With some of these destinations there are only flights at certain times of the year.
Facilities at Phuket Airport
The facilities at Phuket Airport are reasonable. They have a few fast food restaurants such as Burger King and Dunkin Doughnuts, along with places selling Thai food. There is a Bookazine in the domestic departures if people are looking for a bit of reading material. If people are flying by Bangkok Airways they will be able to use their lounge – they have free internet here. The Bill Bentley Pub is in the departure area for those who are looking for refreshments.
Future Plans for Phuket Airport
Phuket Airports is now the second busiest airport in Thailand. Millions of people use this airport every year, and it was never designed to deal with this capacity. This is why work has commenced on expanding the airport with the aim to have this work complete by February 2015. The work will be done in states so as not to produce the least amount of disruption to passengers as possible. The first stage will involve building a new international terminal, and when this is complete the old terminal will then be renovated. There is also going to be a longer taxiway so that more airplanes can dock. The car park will also be significantly increased in size.