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Good news for Hua Hin - international flights set to start by end of 2017

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Good news for Hua Hin - international flights set to start by end of 2017

 

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HUA HIN: -- Daily News reported that international flights could be landing in Hua Hin by as early as the end of this year.

 

The airports authority (AO) have received a proposal from Air Asia to operate daily flights between Hua Hin and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

If given the green light it will mean the first commercial use of the airport that is just a handful of kilometers from the city center and could be a major boon for tourism.

 

Darun Saengchai of the AO said that Air Asia want landing fees and rental charges for airport facilities waived in the initial stages of operation to get the route started.

 

If agreed by the AO and related agencies the first international flights could be coming to the resort by the end of 2017.

 

A decision on the Air Asia proposal is expected to be made in the next two weeks.

 

Darun said that Hua Hin airport is already ready for business with no more building necessary to make it operational for  commercial flights.

 

"The airport can handle 300 passengers per hour," he said. "The proximity to the town is a major bonus for travelers".

 

He said that some matters will need to be sorted - top of the list are the need for immigration and customs facilities as flights to KL are international.

 

And discussions need to take place as to exactly what transport arrangements are put in place to ferry passengers from the airport to local destinations.

 

Commercial flights from KL could open up the resort to tourism directly from Malaysia as well as make Hua Hin a stepping off point for travelers heading south.

 

Source: Daily News

 
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wgdanson    449
Posted (edited)

What a lovely term....'a handful of kilometers' And 300 pax per hour..wow.

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Wonder if a return trip from HH to KL would be cheaper than catching the ferry to Pattaya?

 

Fingers crossed this is approved. Would be great for people living in HH.

 

Routes to Singapore, Phuket and/or Krabi next please

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Dave67    992

The Beijing - Singapore High-speed railway will be completed by then and Hua Hin is a major station Hub 

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baansgr    141
Just now, Jonathan Fairfield said:

Wonder if a return trip from HH to KL would be cheaper than catching the ferry to Pattaya?

 

Fingers crossed this is approved. Would be great for people living in HH.

 

Routes to Singapore, Phuket and/or Krabi next please

The overnight train from HH at about THB 1,200 is great with a sleeper cabin, takes 18 hours or so.  The Kan air flight HH-UTpao was cancelled after 2 flights back in 2015

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AngryFalang    5
4 hours ago, Dave67 said:

The Beijing - Singapore High-speed railway will be completed by then and Hua Hin is a major station Hub 

I dont think so! the Laos section of this has only just been started and is estimated at another 6 years before completion. I would guess a more accurate date is another 10 years, They have not even agreed the land deals in thailand yet, So no rail lines have even been set down. Its a nice idea but a long long way off.

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Dave67    992
1 hour ago, AngryFalang said:

I dont think so! the Laos section of this has only just been started and is estimated at another 6 years before completion. I would guess a more accurate date is another 10 years, They have not even agreed the land deals in thailand yet, So no rail lines have even been set down. Its a nice idea but a long long way off.

Was taking the P

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NCC1701A    9,639

I live in Hua Hin. they are going to need to revamp the highway in front of the airport for easier access for a dramatic increase of vehicles in and out.

 

maybe one large shuttle bus per flight to run the route south all the way to Khao Takiap. That would pass many big beach side hotels and condos.

 

traffic is getting to be a problem in HH so some form of bus would be best, not taxis for every person.

 

and lets hope for routes to Koh Samui, Phuket, Vietnam and Cambodia.

 

of course we know how the "planning" will go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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observer90210    993

Many cheer the idea, good!...I wonder how they would react if their residence is located bang below the plane flight corridor? Don't forget that HH is a very small town...wait n'see...

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wpcoe    693

Wonder how long this new service would last.  There have been international flights in the past.  ISTR Berjaya Airlines flew from Hua Hin to Kuala Lumpur (Subang) and Lion Air flew from Hua Hin to Medan in Sumatra.  Both were short-lived ventures.  Maybe third time's a charm?

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Argus Tuft    297
1 hour ago, observer90210 said:

Many cheer the idea, good!...I wonder how they would react if their residence is located bang below the plane flight corridor? Don't forget that HH is a very small town...wait n'see...

Groan. You're looking at maybe one flight a day, or only several a week.

Hardly going to be a huge impact on your precious rest time.

Tiny airport, hardly going to turn in to Heathrow is it?

Unbelievable

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hotchilli    419
2 hours ago, NCC1701A said:

I live in Hua Hin. they are going to need to revamp the highway in front of the airport for easier access for a dramatic increase of vehicles in and out.

 

maybe one large shuttle bus per flight to run the route south all the way to Khao Takiap. That would pass many big beach side hotels and condos.

 

traffic is getting to be a problem in HH so some form of bus would be best, not taxis for every person.

 

and lets hope for routes to Koh Samui, Phuket, Vietnam and Cambodia.

 

of course we know how the "planning" will go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agreed, I live in Nakhon Pathom & go to Hua Hin or Pranburi area as my preferred beach trip.

last time Cha-am was a nightmare the whole beach road was packed solid with Hua Hin becoming very congested at peak times

if they're serious about expanding the airport into a domestic hub alongside International routes they really have to build up the infrastructure first.

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YetAnother    1,634
On 7/20/2017 at 7:59 AM, webfact said:

- top of the list are the need for immigration and customs facilities as flights to KL are international.

i would say. no small obstacles; and painful learning, doubtless

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