23 May 2024

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin wants to upgrade Hua Hin airport, to accommodate more and international flights, and to change its name to “Petch Hua Hin”.

During his inspection trip to the airport today, in the company of Transport Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit, the prime minister proposed that the airport, which is currently accommodating flights from Chiang Mai, should be upgraded to include two more flights on Hat Yai-Hua Hin and Malaysia-Hua Hin routes, plus the possibility of adding one more route to a north-eastern province, to attract more tourists to the resort town.

After inspecting all the facilities at the airport, he said he could see the potential for the resort town to attract more visitors, if the existing runway were to be extended and facilities expanded.

He told the transport permanent secretary to work out whether it is possible to complete an extension of the runway and expansion of other facilities at the airport within two years or less.

Regarding the name of the airport, the prime minister suggested that it be renamed “Petch Hua Hin”.