THE first direct commercial flight from Kuala Lumpur to Hua Hin landed at this seaside town’s airport at 11 a.m. this morning (May 18) with Deputy Transport Minister Pairin Chuchotethavorn presiding over the welcoming ceremony, Thai News Agency reported.
The deputy minister said the direct Air Asia flight would increase the number of tourists holidaying at this popular destination, and this would also lift western Prachuab Kriri Khan province’s economy.
The Department of Airports is ready to support the expansion of air transport at all the airports under its control and is making plans to do so, he added.
Hua Hin airport is in Hua Hin district and covers 450 rai of land. It has one passenger terminal measuring 7,200 square meters, and this can accommodate 300 people an hour.
This airport’s runway measures 2,100 x 35 meters, and it has 2 aprons, covering 85 x 90 and 140 x 170 meters.
There are plans to further expand this airport to accommodate the expected increase in passengers in future.
Air Asia will be flying four 2-hour flights from Kuala Lumpur to Hua Hin a week every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m. with the return flight being from 11.30 to 2.35 p.m.
Top: The welcoming party standing next to the Air Asia airplane after it landed this morning. Photo: Thai News Agency