Phuket Airport has announced it is planning to carry out large extension works.

Travellers taking flights to Phuket could soon be heading into a terminal as the airport has revealed it has plans to expand.

Phuket International Airport has announced it will be able to receive as many as 12.5 million visitors each year by 2014 after its work to enlarge the site are completed.

Thailand’s deputy transport minister Kittisakdi Hathasongkorh said the runway would be expanded by 700 metres to allow the new superjumbos to land at the airport, while the terminal will also be expanded to cope with the rising passenger numbers.

The plans to expand the runway were confirmed in 2008 but it is thought completing the project will require either neighbouring hills to be levelled or land to be reclaimed from the sea.

An increase in passengers heading on flights to Phuket could be seen during April, as the island has announced it will be celebrating the Jewish festival of Passover for the first time this year.

Written by Ruth Norris

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