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Phuket’s X-Terminal to be tested by Russians, Chinese

February 3, 2014

Phuket’s X-Terminal officially opened yesterday and will begin serving the island’s two largest source markets on Wednesday.

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“The first two weeks are trial weeks for the terminal. We will start with six charter flights per day: three to Russia and three to China,” said Director of Phuket International Airport Pratuang Sornkham.

“During this period, we will make sure that the check-in system works correctly. By the end of the month, all departing international charter flights must check in at the X-Terminal.”

Phuket International Airport is the only airport in Thailand that has a terminal dedicated to serving charter flight passengers, Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut said at the opening.

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Gov Maitri said, “The main Phuket terminal is under construction, and will be finished in 2015.

“Ahead of its completion, we needed to solve congestion issues by building Terminal X to lighten the load on the existing infrastructure. The budget for Terminal X was B151 million and it took four months to finish.

“There were an average of 37,524 passengers per day in and out of Phuket Airport between January 1 and 29 this year,” added the Governor. “The designed capacity of Phuket Airport is 20,000 passengers per day.”

“The airport saw an average of 224 flights per day – arrivals and departures – during the same period, but the standard capacity is 160 flights per day.”

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Stating the figures, Gov Maitree said, “There were 61,004 flights in 2012 and 72,590 flights in 2013, an increase of 18.99 per cent; and 9,526,243 passengers in 2012 and 11,328,314 passengers in 2013, an increase of 18.92 per cent.”

The new Terminal X will be able to accommodate 1,000 people at any one time, and will be opened 24 hours a day. Initially there will be only two charter flights: Jet Asia Airlines with three flights per day from China, and UT Air with three flights per day from Russia.

“Terminal X will be a hub for the Andaman region, and help us while we expand the airport,” said Gov Maitree.

“There are 10 check-in counters, parking spaces for 1,000 cars, shopping areas, and five airplane bays that will be finished in May. Four languages – English, Russian, Chinese and Thai will be used for communication.”

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