After the airport’s expansion is finished next month, authorities expect it to accommodate 5 million people per year.
With a budget of 2 billion baht approved by the Cabinet in 2017, the expansion involves the refurbishment and construction of passenger terminals as well as parking structures to accommodate more people.
A newly built terminal building will be attached to the refurbished structure, allowing the airport to handle 2,000 passengers per hour or 5 million passengers per year.
Last year, Khon Kaen Airport reported 1.4 million passengers on around 10,000 flights, reflecting increases of 150% and 123%, respectively, over the same time in 2021.
According to Deputy Government Spokesperson Tipanan Sirichana, the airport expansion is part of the government’s eight-year national goal to expand Thailand’s transportation network.
Thailand is forecast to welcome 27.5 million international visitors this year, up from 21.5 million predicted before, thanks to increased Chinese tourist arrivals.