In a move that is poised to notably enhance Hua Hin's connectivity and appeal to tourists, Airports of Thailand (AoT) has initiated a comprehensive study for establishing a seaplane base adjacent to Phuket airport. This development, as announced by AoT chairman Visanu Prasarttong-Osoth, is expected to significantly boost marine tourism, particularly benefiting Hua Hin, along with Koh Samui and Pattaya.
Set to conclude within the year, this study marks a significant stride towards Thailand's first-ever seaplane terminal. The strategic positioning of Hua Hin, renowned for its exquisite beaches and vibrant marine life, makes it an ideal destination for this innovative transportation link. The introduction of seaplane services to Hua Hin will not only enhance the travel experience for tourists but also provide a swift and scenic mode of transport, bridging the gap between major tourist hubs.
Echoing the enthusiasm for this project, AoT president Kerati Kijmanawat outlined that the seaplane base would be an integral part of the expansive 8 billion baht upgrade planned for Phuket airport. Despite the grand scale of the airport's expansion, the seaplane terminal itself is projected to be an economical addition. The anticipation for the project is palpable, with tenders for the construction phase expected to be called next year.
This innovative venture has already garnered significant interest from airline operators, reflecting the industry's confidence in the potential of seaplane travel to revolutionize tourist transit in Thailand. The inclusion of Hua Hin in the proposed routes is particularly exciting for the local community and businesses, promising to open new avenues for economic growth and cultural exchange.
For Hua Hin, a town that has long been a cherished destination for both local and international tourists, the prospect of enhanced accessibility via seaplanes is set to further elevate its status as a premier tourist destination. This development holds the promise of not just transforming the way visitors travel to Hua Hin but also contributing significantly to the local economy, reinforcing Hua Hin's position on the global tourism map.