Flights to Phuket are likely to become more popular after a major airport expansion plan is completed.

British travellers will be more likely to arrive in Thailand on flights to Phuket from the end of this year, as the city’s international airport is due to be expanded.

The 5.7 billion baht (£114 million) project will take five years to complete, including new runways for domestic and international flights, the Bangkok Post reports.

Demand on routes into Phuket has been rising steadily over recent months, with 14 per cent more passengers arriving into the airport in the first quarter of the year, when compared with the same period last year.

Furthermore, the number of flights into Phuket has also increased by 20 per cent, meaning passengers from 60 cities in 23 countries can now fly directly into the Thai city.

When the project is completed, the airport will benefit from double capacity, with 12.5 million passengers a year expected to pass through the terminals by 2014.

Written by Alex Cochrane

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