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steve187    1,973

U tha Pao or something like that is just the English transliteration from Thai. So don't complaint Thais for this.

if they want 3 million passengers a year, they better make up their mind. I don't care what they choose but when I type it into Google map or my car GPS I would like to have a correct answer.

Shangai is also not written Changai or Shankay.

why all the complaining , find it once and save it here - https://www.google.co.th/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=rayong%20airport%20thailand

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minikev    695

U Ta Phao or U-Tapao?

Very confusing when trying to find specific things about Thailand on the internet. Thais really need to take grammar more seriously.

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It is written and pronounced in a different language to yours and mine. Both ways you spell it in English would sound very similar.

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sandrabbit    814

Obviously it should be re-named Pattaya International. None of those arriving tourists are going to Rayong or Sattahip.

why, it is in Rayong not Chonburi?

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swissbie    157

Obviously it should be re-named Pattaya International. None of those arriving tourists are going to Rayong or Sattahip.

I'd prefer U-Tapao international. We arrived in U-Tapao in 2008 when Bangkok's airports had been shut down. Coming from Europe and not heading to the east coast it was somewhat chaotic but everything went well and we were happy as most airlines had cancelled their flights to Bangkok.

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nakhonandy    802

Remember Don Muang?

All of a sudden it should be Don Mueang.

Maybe it was Utapao an now it should be

U-ta-Pao.

Maybe there are no fixed rules in transliteration of Thai into English, or maybe the Thai language is not "fixed" enough to be transliterated.

There is an official transliteration of Thai to English.

However surprise, surprise it is rarely used and they fill in what they think!

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bangon04    1,930

The Government plans to develop this as the third commercial international airport.Someone can't count as there are more than three currently operating.

"as a result of the government’s policy to develop it as the country’s third international commercial airport."

yes they had better tell the authorities in ChiangMai to stop fretting about expanding the airport there.

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Lannig    937

There is an official Thai transliteration scheme. Blame the newspapers and government officials if they don't use it. Don't expect the average Joe Thai to even know it exists.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Thai_General_System_of_Transcription

And this transliteration scheme has some very silly provisions like transliterate mute syllabes and don't alter consonants to reflect their actual pronunciation.

Here comes Suwarnabhumi which brings up confused looks from taxi drivers when rightly so pronounced "soo warna boomee"

So no wonder people often want to deviate from the official scheme and use their own, causing even more confusion.

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After flying to U-Tapao airport last week, you can see the new arrival and departure buildings. which at best are double the size of the old building. But I did not see any improvements being made to car parks, roads, ect

The airport now handles 14 aircraft per day. Now If there is to be 62,000 flights per year

that would be 170 per day..... 14 flights per hour on day time flights only .....

Belfast international airport ( Northern Ireland) only has 51,000 flights per year and handles about 4,000,000 passengers.

I think someone needs a new calculator, because 62,000 flights per year will not work, unless a vast amount is spent

on the infrastructure. And an even bigger airport.

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LawrenceN    455

"Governments policy to develop it as the countrys third international commercial airport."

Excuse me? Has the reporter never heard of the international airports at Chiang Mai or Phuket? There may be a few others as well.

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LawrenceN    455

"Governments policy to develop it as the countrys third international commercial airport."

Excuse me? Has the reporter never heard of the international airports at Chiang Mai or Phuket? There may be a few others as well.

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denby45    221

Used it a few times and it's been cheaper than Suvarnabhumi for flights to Singapore. Certainly a lot more convenient when leaving from Jomtien!

It may be cheaper but more convenient is questionable. There is not much difference in time to Swampy and time to Utapao. If you don't like queues at trafic lights then Swampy is best by far.

Den

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Enoon    2,088

Will aeroplanes from Europe/Middle East/India be flying over Pattaya/Jomtien before turning onto approach/finals when using 18?

The angle/distance looks right.

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empireboy    588

Used it a few times and it's been cheaper than Suvarnabhumi for flights to Singapore. Certainly a lot more convenient when leaving from Jomtien!

It may be cheaper but more convenient is questionable. There is not much difference in time to Swampy and time to Utapao. If you don't like queues at trafic lights then Swampy is best by far.

Den

My own experience is 40-50 minutes to U-Tapao and 90-120 minutes to Swampy.

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