Phuket International Airport (HKT) Information
Phuket International ranks as the largest air facility in the region of Southern Thailand, but primarily serves the Phuket province. After Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, this is the largest passenger airport in Thailand
, catering for more than eight million people per year. The number of passengers using this air facility has risen sharply in recent years, as a direct result of political problems in Bangkok
There are two terminals - one is used for international flights, while the other is a domestic terminal. However, both terminals share the Arrivals and Departures halls. Currently, the terminals are undergoing major expansion and refurbishment, at the cost of almost $200 million. These upgrades are due to be completed in 2015 and could even see a new terminal and rail link to Krabi being built.
This island is very much a seasonal holiday destination, and as such, its airport handles most of its passenger population between October and May. Flights to Phuket originate from other cities in Thailand, like Bangkok and Chiang Mai
, as well as international destinations such as Japan
, Hong Kong
and Europe. Close to 60,000 flights arrive at and depart from the facility each year.
Phuket International Airport (HKT)
Address: 222 Moo 6, Mai Khoo Subdistrict Talang District, Phuket Province, 83110, Thailand
Tel: +66 76 327 230 7
The airport sits at the northern end of the island, about 30 km / 19 miles from the heart of Phuket City. It is just 8 km / 5 miles from the bridge connecting Phuket to the Phang Nga Province. Patong Beach resides some 25 km / 16 miles to the south and can be reached along Highway 402 and Highway 4025.
Phuket Airport (HKT) Guide
- Four currency exchange desks in the Arrivals hall and one in the Departures hall
- Cashpoints in both terminals
- Cafés and restaurants throughout, including both fast-food and sit-down restaurants
- Car hire services including Thai Rent-A-Car, Hertz and Budget
- Duty free stores and other shops in the International Terminal
- Information desks in the Arrivals and Departures halls
- A post office on the second floor of the Departures hall
- Open-air parking for roughly 450 vehicles is available
This airport is reachable by car from anywhere on the island. Take Highway 402 from either the northern or southern districts of the island. It is also possible to take Route 4031 off Highway 402 to the airport. From the Arrivals area, car hire is provided, being a great option to get around the island.
Taxis can be organised from the Arrivals area at Phuket International Airport. Always ask for the 'meter' to be switched on rather than trying to negotiate a fixed fare. Of note, taxis are owned and operated by the Phuket City Government.
The easiest and most economical transportation option based here is the Airport Bus Phuket. It leaves every 30 minutes and stops at various places across the island, including the Big C Supercentre and the multi-purpose Surakul Stadium (capacity of 15,000), both of which reside at at Wichit.