TRANG — The Department of Civil Aviation will improve Trang airport to handle an increase in flyers, says airport general manager Thaworn Saengamphai.
The expansion plan includes a new passenger terminal with work to start in 2017 and to be completed two years later with an estimated budget of 720 million baht, he said.
The survey and design plan will begin in the 2016 fiscal year that starts on Oct 1 this year.
Trang has aprons for two airplanes and construction is under way on two more.
The new terminal is badly needed at the airport, which handled almost 530,000 air travellers last year, compared with 104,000 in 2007.
Mr Thaworn projected the passenger total would exceed 600,000 this year.
Thai AirAsia and Nok Air operate daily flights to the southern province. Thai Lion Air plans to add Trang to its destinations next month.
The airport serves local residents of Trang and neighbouring provinces, including Satun and Phatthalung, as well as tourists visiting the Andaman coast.