Airports of Thailand
The easiest and fastest way to arrive in Thailand is definitely the plane. There are flights to this destination from every continent. The national airline is Thai Airways, which flies daily or weekly to 33 countries, covering 61 destinations in total. Currently at least 60 foreign airlines make connections to Thailand. At present Thailand has 38 commercial airports, eleven international and twenty-seven domestics. Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited [AOT] manages the six major international airports, the Department of Civil Aviation [DCA] manages 28 regional domestic airports. The Royal Thai Navy manages U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport and Bangkok Airways manages three airports, that are Samui Airport, Sukhothai Airport and Trat Airport. Most tourists arriving in Thailand land at the two international airports of Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang Airport, or at Phuket, Koh Samui and Krabi. Suvarnabhumi is one of the largest hub airports in the world; it alone receives 45 million passengers a year including those in transit, with peaks of 76 flights per hour in a peak tourist season. The Thai airport network is extensive, with routes that cater both for Thai citizens and foreign tourists who want to quickly switch from one city or tourist resort to another. Domestic flights are operated by the national carrier Thai Airways as well as by Bangkok Airways, Thai Air Asia, Nok Air, Solar Air, Thai Smile, Orient Thai, Thai Lion Air and Air Kan. Nations bordering on or close to Thailand can be reached easily and comfortably from the ten international airports with direct flights operated by the national airline or low cost companies, such as Air Asia, Tigerair, Silk Air, Firefly and Jetstar. Among the most popular destinations are Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Kuala Lumpur and Penang in Malaysia, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Yangon in Myanmar, Vientiane in Laos, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Bangkok Airports Flights to Bangkok land at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports
Suvarnabhumi International Airport, IATA code BKK, is the main airport in Bangkok, and one of the most important in Southeast Asia. The airport is located 30 km east off Bangkok in Racha Thewa sub-district, Tambon Racha Thewa in Thai, which makes part of Bang Phli district, Amphoe Bang Phli, in Samut Prakan province. One of the largest in the world, Suvarnabhumi is a modern and efficient airport with an elegant and refined design. Noteworthy is also an impressive 132-metre tall - the tallest in the world - control tower that dominates its landscape...
Don Mueang Internationl Airport, IATA code DMK, is one of the oldest international airports in the world and the oldest operating in Asia. Commercial flights began in 1924. The first commercial flight was performed by a KLM aircraft. Don Mueang is located just 24 km north from the centre of Bangkok, but, nevertheless is still less conveniently positioned in comparison to Suvarnabhumi due to heavy traffic. Before Suvarnabhumi Airport inauguration Don Mueang used to be the main airport in Bangkok and one of the largest hubs in the world...
Busiest International Airports in Thailand
Phuket International Airport, IATA code HKT.
Koh Samui International Airport, IATA code USM.
Chiang Mai International Airport, IATA code CNX.
Krabi International Airport, IATA code KBV.
Airports in Thailand
Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited [AOT]
- Address: 333 Cherdwutagard Rd, Srikan, Don Mueang, Bangkok 10210
- Telephone: 02 5351192 - Fax: 02 5354061
- Website: www.airportthai.co.th
- Department of Civil Aviation [DCA]
- Address: 71 Soi Ngarmduplee, Rama IV Rd, Thung Mahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120
- Telephone: 02 2870320-9 Fax: 02 2863373
Smaller Thai International Airports
Mae Fah Luang International Airport, IATA code CEI, is the airport of Chiang Rai. It located about 10 km north from the city centre. The main companies operate several daily flights to the capital of Bangkok and nearby Chiang Mai. The road linking the airport to Chaing Rai is Phaholyothin Road, the name given to the stretch of Asian Highway AH2 that goes through the city and continues to the border with Myanmar. You can reach the city by private taxis available at the terminal at a cost of 200 THB, or collective taxis songthaews passing on the highway. Inside the airport there are also international car rental companies. The airport handles over 800,000 passengers annually, 5,800 aircraft movements and 3,700 tons of cargo, and since 1998 has been managed by Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited.
- Address: 404 Mu 10 Thambon Ban Du, Mueang Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: Mae Fah Luang International Airport Tel: 053 798 000, Thai Airways Tel: 053 798 200 - 053 711 179, Orient Thai Airlines Tel: 1126 - 053 793 555, Air Asia Tel: 053 793 545.
- Website: www.chiangraiairportthai.com
Hat Yai International Airport, IATA code HDY, is the main airport hub of southern Thailand. It is located near the city of Hat Yai. Each year more than 1,500,000 passengers, 9,500 flights and 12,000 tons of cargo are handled at this airport. Mini-vans depart from the airport to the Pak Bara Pier in Satun 130 km away, a trip of about 2 hours, from where ferries to Koh Lipe depart all the year round. Air Asia offers a transfer package to Koh Lipe, which includes a flight from Bangkok to Hat Yai, a bus to Pak Bara and a ferry to the island, bookable directly from their website.
- Address: 99 Moo 3, Thambon Klong La, Amphoe Klong Hoi Kong, Songkhla 90115, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: Hat Yai Airport: 074 227 131, Thai Airways Tel: 074 223 775 - 074 233 433.
- Website: www.hatyaiairportthai.com
Surat Thani International Airport, IATA code URT, is located in Phunphin, Surat Thani Province. The airport, located 21 km west off Surat Thani, comprises one large terminal serving both domestic and international flights. In addition to civilian services, Surat Thani Airport also serves as a base for the Thai Air Force. Surat Thani has a single paved runway.
- Address: Thambon Hua Toei, Amphoe Phunphin, Surat Thani 84130, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: Surat Thani Airport Tel: 077 441 466.
- Website: www.suratthaniairport.com
Udon Thani International Airport, IATA code UTH, is the airport of Udon Thani Province, in the northeast region of Thailand. The airport is located near the northern border with Laos, and is frequently used as a transit point to Vientiane, Laos, across the Nong Khai Friendship bridge. Vientiane, the capital of Laos, is about one and a half hours away across the Mekong river. Udon Thani Airport was refurbished in 2006 and now receives flights from Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Loei. Thai Airways International, Nok Air and Thai AirAsia operate from this airport.
- Address: 224 U-don Thani Airport, Udon Thani, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: Nok Air Tel: 042 348 771/2.
- Website: www.udonthaniairport.com
U-Tapao-Pattaya International Airport, IATA code UTP, is the public airport on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand serving Pattaya and Rayong Province. Located about 150 kilometres south-east of Bangkok, this airport is roughly midway between Pattaya and Rayong, just 45-minute drive from both city. U-Tapao Airport boasts a runway 3505 meters long and 60 meters wide. The airside area is joint used with Royal Thai Naval Air Division and is also home of the Navy's First Air Wing. For this reason, passengers are always asked not to take photographs out of the window during take-off and landing. The airport operates a few number of daily domestic flights and some international flights flying only on three or four days per week. Destinations include Phuket, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Udon Thani and Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand, Macau, Nanchang, Hangzhou, Sanya, Haikou and Nanning in China, Doha in Qatar and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
- Address: Thambon Pla, Amphoe Ban Chang, Rayong, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: U-Tapao International Airport Tel: 038 245 595.
- Website: www.utapao.com
Thai Domestic Airports
Mae Hong Son Airport, IATA code HGN, is located in the town of Mae Hong Son, in the homonymous province on the north-western border of Thailand with Burma. This province is one of the preferred destinations for many tourists who want to visit Thailand's beautiful mountains, and the famous Hill Tribes’ villages. Currently only Nok Air and Kan Air operate flights from the airport, with connections to Don Mueang Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
- Address: Khunlumprapas, Chong Kham, Mae Hong Son 58000, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: Kan Air Tel: 053 613 188, Nok Air Tel: 053 612 057.
- Website: www.domesticflightsthailand.com/MaeHongSon
Trat Airport, IATA code TDX, is the airport that serves the city of Trat and the homonymous province which includes the islands of Koh Chang, Koh Kood, and Koh Mak. The airport consists of a small asphalt runway and an open-air terminal. It is owned by Bangkok Airways, which carries three daily flights to/from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Tickets are quite expensive, considering only an hour’s flight, and have rates of about 3,100 to 3,500 THB per person, depending on the time of year. Trat Airport is located 19 km from the piers at Laem Ngop, which can be reached by minibus in about 20-25 minutes. The minibus fare from Trat Airport to Koh Chang is around 500 THB per person, with the ferry ticket included.
- Address: Tha Som, Khao Saming, Trat 23150, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: Trat Airport Tel: 039 525 776.
- Website: www.domesticflightsthailand.com/Trat
Buriram Airport, IATA code BFV, is a small domestic airport in Buriram, northeast Thailand, also known as Isan. The airport is about 40 km north off the town, in Amphoe Satuek. Currently only Nok Air operates flights from this airport, with connection to Don Mueang Bangkok
- Address: Moo. 12 Ron Thong, Amphoe Satuek, Buri Ram 31150, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: Nok Air Tel: 044 680 078.
- Website: www.domesticflightsthailand.com/Buriram
Chumphon Airport, IATA code CJM, is a amall airport located 35 kilometres north from the city of Chumphon. The airport serves as a gateway to the city and to the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand. Currently only Nok Air operates flights from this airport, with connection to Don Mueang, Bangkok. In addition to flights, the company provides high-speed ferry service to the islands in association with Lomprayah agency, which also offers transfer service from the airport to the dock from where its fast catamarans depart.
- Address: Chum Kho, Amphoe Pathio, Chumphon, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: Nok Air Tel: 077 591 121
- Website: www.chumphonairport.
Hua Hin Airport, IATA code HHQ, is the airport that serves Hua Hin, a city in the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, known as a beautiful seaside resort. Because of its proximity to Bangkok the airport has so far seen limited use, even though it has recently been improved and upgraded to an international airport, with the track extended. Currently only two airlines operate at the airport, Nok Air, with connection to Don Mueang Bangkok, and Kan Air that makes flights from Hua Hin to Chiang Mai, only in high season.
- Address: Thombon Borfai, Amphoe Hua Hin, Prachuapkhirikhan 77110, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: Hua Hin Airport Tel: 032 520 180, Nok Air Tel: 032 520 182 - 032 520 343 - Fax: 032 520 378.
Khon Kaen Airport, IATA code KKC, serves Khon Kaen, a strategically, geographically and economically important city of the region. With the opening of a new terminal in 2005 the airport was upgraded to international standards. It is located just a few miles west off downtown. The airport is equipped with a jet bridge. The departure lounge is located on the second floor which also has some small shops selling food and gifts, while the arrivals hall is located on the first floor. There is a small restaurant on the third floor.
- Address: 9/9 Jasmine Vine Sila, Thombon Banped, Mueang Khon Kaen, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: Khon Kaen Airport Tel: 043 468 173.
- Website: www.domesticflightsthailand.com/KhonKaen
Lampang Airport, IATA code LPT, is a small domestic airport that serves the capital of Lampang province. Khelang Nakhon, more commonly known as the province of Lampang, is the center for Thai Lanna culture. Currently only Bangkok Airways operates flights from this airport, with connection to Don Mueang Bangkok. An alternative way to get to Lampang is to take a flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and travel to Lampang by bus.
- Address: 175 Mu 1 Sanam Bin 1 Road, Thambon Phra Bat, Lampang 52000, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: Bangkok Airways Tel: 054 821 522, Nok Air Tel: 054 821 510.
- Website: www.domesticflightsthailand.com/Lampang
Loei Airport, IATA code LOE, is a small domestic airport in the city of Loei, northeast Thailand. The province is a land of abundant vegetation, scenic hills and foggy mountains. Currently only Nok Air operates flights from this airport, with connection to Don Mueang Bangkok.
- Address: 38 Mu 6 Mariwan Rd, Thambon Na An, Loei, Thailand.
- Website: www.domesticflightsthailand.com/Loei
Mae Sot Airport, IATA code NNT, is a small airport that serves the city of Mae Sot, a town in Tak province in north-western Thailand, bordering on the Myanmar city of Myawaddy. It is possible to visit Myawaddy, Myanmar, via the Thai-Myanmar friendship bridge, provided that you possess proper documents. Currently only Nok Air operates flights from this airport, with connection to Don Mueang Bangkok.
- Address: Tha Sai Luard, Amphoe Mae Sot, Tak 63110, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: Mae Sot Airport Tel: 055 564 056.
Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport, IATA code NST, is an airport that serves Nakhon Si Thammarat province situated in southern Thailand. It is located 14 Km away from the city of Nakhon Si Thammarat. The city is a 15-minute minivan journey from the airport; the minivan counter can be found inside the airport. Currently Nok Air, Thai Air Asia and Orient Thai operates flights from this airport, with connections to Don Mueang Bangkok.
- Address: 598 Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport, Amphoe Pakpoon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: Nok Air Tel: 075-369-325.
- Website: www.domesticflightsthailand.com/NakhonSiThammarat
Nan Airport, IATA code NNT, is a small airport that serves the city of Nan, in the homonymous province in northern Thailand. The airport is located at the northern end of the town, on the Pua Road, about 1.5 km from downtown. Nan is famous for the sea of fog visible from Doi Smer Dao. In February, the rare Chom Phu Phu Kha flower blooms only at Doi Phu Kha. Currently Nok Air and Kan Air operates flights from this airport, with connections to Don Mueang Bangkok, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai.
- Address: Pua Road, Amphoe Pha Sing, Nan 55000, Thailand.
- Website: www.domesticflightsthailand.com/Nan
Narathiwat Airport, IATA code NAW, is a small regional airport serving the province of Narathiwat, in the extreme south Thailand. Currently only Thai Air Asia operates flights from this airport, with connection to Don Mueang Bangkok.
- Address: 330 Khok Khian, Narathiwat, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: Narathiwat Airport Tel: 073 565 115.
- Website: www.domesticflightsthailand.com/Narathiwat
Nakhon Phanom Airport, IATA code KOP, is a small regional airport serving the province of Nakhon Phanom, in the extreme east of Thailand. The city, situated on the border with Laos, boasts of spectacular scenery and a long multicultural history. Ho Chi Minh’s house is located near the third Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge. Currently only Nok Air and Thai Air Asia operates flights from this airport, with connections to Don Mueang Bangkok.
- Address: Thambon Ban Pung, Nakhon Phanom, Thailand.
- Website: www.domesticflightsthailand.com/NakhonPhanom
Pai Airport, IATA code PYY, is a small airport serving Pai, a town in the Mae Hong Son Province of Thailand. Pai Airport has been upgraded after being out of service for years, and now provides daily flights operated by a small Thai carrier SGA and Nok Air to Chiang Mai.
- Address: Thambon Wiang Tai, Amphoe Pai, Mae Hong Son, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: Pai Airport Tel: 053 612 057.
Phitsanulok Airport, IATA code PHS, is an airport serving Phitsanulok province, situated north off Bangkok. The airport is located to the south from the city. It is also known as Song Kwae, the city of two rivers, because it lies at the confluence of the Nan and Kwae Noi. Currently Nok Air, Thai Air Asia and Kan Air operate flights from this airport, with connections to Don Mueang Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
- Address: Bueng Phra-Phitsanulok Road, Amphoe Bueng Phra, Phitsanulok 65000, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: Nok Air Tel: 02 627 2667/8.
Phrae Airport, IATA code PRH, is an airport serving Phrae, one of the provinces in the north of Thailand. Phrae is a small city full of interesting stories. Its must-see sights include temples and clinging to one another ancient-styled wooden houses. This tiny city with its simple way of life is most suitable for a slow-pace bike ride or a tricycle taxi tour. Currently only Nok Air operates flights from this airport, with connection to Don Mueang Bangkok.
- Address: 104 Moo 5 Chor Hae Road, Phrae 54000, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: Nok Air Tel: 054 511 184.
Ranong Airport, IATA code UNN, is a small airport in Ranong, the capital of Ranong province, in southern Thailand. The airport has been unused for some time after the disappearance of Phuket Airlines, but recently Air Asia and Nok Air have started operating a connection service to Bangkok. The Airport is located about 23 km south off the town and is well served by local taxi drivers.
- Address: 91/7 Ranong International Airport, Moo 3, Thambon Ratchakrud, Ranong, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: Nok Air Tel: 077 862 229.
- Website: www.domesticflightsthailand.com/Ranong
Roi Et Airport, IATA code ROI, is a small airport in Roi Et, the capital of the homonymous province in the east of Thailand, located about 18 km from the city. A shuttle bus service connects the airport to Roi Et. Here you can marvel at examples of antique architecture, Khmer-inspired temples, and the biggest standing Buddha statue in Thailand, at Wat Burapapiram. Currently only Nok Air operates flights from this airport, with connection to Don Mueang Bangkok.
- Address: 135 Roiet-Phonthong Road, Thambon Thawatchburi, Roi Et 45170, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: Nok Air Tel: 043 518 246/9.
- Website: www.domesticflightsthailand.com/RoiEt
Sakon Nakhon Airport, IATA code SNO, is a small airport in Sakon Nakhon, in the east of Thailand, on the border with Laos. It is used for civilian purposes as well as the Royal Thai Air Force base. Sakon Nakhon, known as Isan’s Dharma Swamp, boasts 5 temples with Buddha relics, remnants of its three-thousand-year-old civilization. Currently only Nok Air operates flights from this airport, with connection to Don Mueang Bangkok.
- Address: Talang Na Weng, Sakon Nakhon 47000, Thailand.
- Website: www.domesticflightsthailand.com/SakonNakhon
Sukhothai Airport, IATA code THS, is the airport serving Sukhothai, one of the oldest capitals of Thailand. The airport is about 40 kilometres north off the town. The modern city is located about 12 km east from the Sukhothai Historical Park, which houses the ruins of the Sukhothai Kingdom that ruled for about 140 years over most of the Indochinese region. Currently only Bangkok Airways operates flights from this airport, with connections to Koh Samui and Savarnabhumi Bangkok.
- Address: 99 Khlong Krachong, Amphoe Sawankhalok, Sukhothai, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: Bangkok Airways Tel: 055 647 224.
- Website: www.domesticflightsthailand.com/Sukhothai
Trang Airport, IATA code TST, is located in Tambon Khok Lo, 7 km from the centre of Trang, in southern Thailand. The city is close to the famous tourist destination of the Tutatao Archipelago. Taxis and minivans depart from the airport to the Had Yao Pier in Trang, from where ferries to Koh Lipe leave. Currently Nok Air and Thai Air Asia operate flights to this airport, with connections to Don Mueang Bangkok. Nok Air offers two daily flights with ferry service to Koh Lipe, bookable directly from their website.
- Address: 170 moo 12 Trang-Palian Road, Thambon Khok Lo, Trang, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: Trang Airport Tel: 075 218 224 - 075 211 150.
Ubon Ratchathani Airport, IATA code UBP, is a small airport in Ubon Ratchathani, in the east of Thailand, near the border with Laos. The airport currently serves as a commercial airport and Royal Thai Air Force base. From Ubon Ratchathani Airport there are connections to Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang Airports, and Chiang Mai.
- Address: Thambon Rai Noi, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand.
- Useful Numbers: Ubon Ratchathani Airport Tel: 045 245 612.
- Website: www.domesticflightsthailand.com/UbonRatchathani
Nakhon Ratchasima Airport, IATA code NAK: is located in Amphoe Chaloem Phra Kiat, about 26 kilometres east off Nakhon Ratchasima, one of Isan provinces. Currently no airlines fly to the airport.
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