The AOT or Airports Of Thailand is changing its plan for the new airport which is currently under construction in Chiang Mai. It is expected that the allotted budget will be reduced while the airport in Mae Fa Luang which is located in Chiang Rai, a neighboring city, will not be appointed as he second hub for aviation activities in the North.
The plan was originally made due to the tourism demand with tourist booking pool suite in Chiang Mai while airport capacity has been stretched beyond its design capacity. According to Nitinai Srismatthakarn, the president of Airports of Thailand, details regarding the changes in their investment plan will be finalized in a month time.
The second airport is necessary because of the airline services which continue to increase in line with the number of passengers arriving.
Last year, the construction of the supposed to be second airport in Chiang Mai started and it is expected to be finished by 203. They are now adjusting the timeframe and expect it to be done by 2025.
The budget that was initially allotted for the starting investment will have to be cut back during the second part of its execution.
The original plan was to use Chiang Mai’s second airport for airline services 24 hours every day. The last flight coming from China which is the principal departure country was changed to 3 AM due to new laws in the country that prevented airlines from leaving after 12 midnight.
With the changes, this means that Mae Fa Luang airport will be developed instead so it can be used as a second hub and will operate for 24 hours.
An investment plan was made for the project which will last for 20 years and amounts to 6.2 billion baht. The money is to be used in the expansion of the Chiang Rai airport which will be divided in three parts. Construction will start this year and will be completed by 2030.
When the expansion is done in Mae Fa Laung in 2030, more tourists can book a pool suite in Chiang Mai because the airport will be able to manage a maximum of 30 flights every day.