March 27, 2018
Ongoing construction of the Betong Airport on a 920-rai (147.2-hectare) plot of land in Yala’s Betong district has progressed by 35 per cent, and is slated for completion by the end of 2019.
Yala new usually receives about 600,000 visitors per year – a figure that is expected to rise to one million annually after the new airport is opened.
The Cabinet also recently approved a runway extension from the original length of 1,800 metres to 2,100 metres – which will allow for large aircraft to land.
The airport construction is one of a series of tourism-related infrastructure projects intended to attract more tourists to Yala’s Betong, Narathiwat’s Su-ngai Kolok and Pattani’s Nong Chik towns as per the Thai government’s “triangle economy city model” programme.