The Domestic Terminal at Phuket International Airport began full service last night as the areas in Phase 1 of the overdue renovation project were re-opened to the public.
AirAsia check-in desks were the first to open, at 3:30am, for passengers boarding a 5:30am flight bound for Bangkok.
“The check-in counters commenced full services at midnight,” confirmed one AoT staffer at Phuket Airport, who declined to give her name.
“The first flight to arrive at the terminal also arrived this morning,” she added.
Airport General Manager Petch Chancharoen revealed the revamped facility to the press during a tour last Thursday.
He said, “Phase 2, in the north of the airport, will begin renovation soon, and is expected to be complete by June 2018.”
The new domestic passenger terminal will accommodate both inbound and outbound passengers, and passengers will be comfortable with the space of the new check-in hall which now has 22 check-in counters.
Work on the renovations, originally contracted to take 330 days, began on Nov. 1 of last year. However, within one week, Airports of Thailand (AoT) announced that the project would take 406 days – 256 days to complete Phase 1; and 150 days to complete Phase 2.
The renovations are being carried out under a THB5.14 billion expansion of the country’s third-busiest airport – the busiest outside of Bangkok – including the new international terminal that opened on Sept. 16 of last year at a cost of THB2.45 billion.
Story: The Phuket News