More people could be heading to Phuket when work is finished on the island’s airport.

The frequency of flights to Phuket could increase by as much as 25 per cent over the course of the next 12 months.

This is the opinion of wing commander Prathuang Somkhom, the general manger of Phuket International Airport, who was speaking after the publication of the latest passenger figures.

Since October last year, 9,161,005 passengers had used the airport and while that was enough to set a new 12-month record, the chances of that lasting were slim due to expansion work at Phuket International.

Phuket Wan reports that tourism officials believe the work could increase capacity to well beyond 12.5 million passengers a year.

The Thai paradise is often sought by those who want to relax on some idyllic beaches, while experiencing a new, but laid-back way of life.

Some of the most popular tourist hotspots include the Phang Nga Bay, which has some stunning limestone scenery and the newly constructed Big Buddha.

Written by Alex Cochrane

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