Chiang Mai Airport ends 2019 with record 11.3M passengers but December was down

Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) ended 2019 with its highest ever recorded number of passengers but a decline in passenger numbers in December does not bide well for the year ahead.

For the calendar year 2019, CNX had 11,335,293 passenger movements, up 3.1% over 2018. Aircraft movements for the year came in at 79,530, up 1.7% over the year before.

The increase in both at CNX was due to international passengers and aircraft. International passengers flying into CNS were up 17.4% for the year at 3,231,445 while international aircraft movements were also up 17.4% to 25,457 aircraft. Domestic passenger numbers were down 2.5% and aircraft 4.3%, reflecting both a soft local economy as well as more visitors to Chiang Mai choosing to fly directly.

By comparison, Suvarnabhumi was the only airport in Thailand with a bigger percentage increase – up 3.2% in passenger numbers for the year and 2.9% in aircraft movement. Phuket saw a drop of 0.6% and 2.3% respectively.

While the headline figures for the year were strong, the same can’t be said for December itself. Airports of Thailand reported 1,062,597 passengers through CNX during the month, down 3.65% while aircraft movements came in at 7,047, down 7.35%.