Airports of Thailand, the government-owned body responsible for Thailand’s largest airports has said that construction of Chiang Mai’s second airport is on track to begin in the second quarter of 2019.
The airport, which will be located in both Ban Thi, Lamphun and San Kamphaeng (it straddles across both) still requires the compulsory acquisition of land for its construction with money allocated to begin the process.
Emphasizing how it’s half in Lamphun and half in Chiang Mai, the land to be acquired includes 5,300 land title deeds with 3,631 rai (1,435 acres) of land to be acquired in San Kamphaeng and 3,388 rai (1,339 acres) in Ban Thi for a total of 7,019 rai – 2,775 acres or 1,123 hectares.
The airport is being built due to capacity constraints at the existing Chiang Mai Airport which passed 10 million passenger movements for the first time in 2017 with that number expected to double to 20 million passenger movements in 2022.
AoT is hopeful that the first stage of the new airport will be open in 2022.
Plans seem to suggest that the new airport will cater exclusively for domestic flights while the existing airport will primarily handle international flights, a somewhat similar split to Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang Airports in Bangkok, be it that the latter now also handles international flights as well from discount airlines.