The Airports of Thailand (AOT) is set to push ahead with an overhaul of Phuket International Airport to help it accommodate an expected surge in the number of travellers.

Acting AOT President Somchai Sawasdeepon said that there have been more and more air travellers passing through Suvarnabhumi Airport to Phuket Airport in recent times.

Somchai said it is estimated that the number of travellers to visit Phuket by air will rise to 10 million this year.

However, as Phuket International Airport can only handle 6.5 million passengers each year, there has been an urgent need for an improvement of its facilities.

The Acting AOT President stated that the overhaul to increase the airport’s capacity is now underway.

He added that the improvement is scheduled to be completed by May 3, after which the airport’s annual capacity will nearly double to 12.5 million.-VNA