Expansion work to increase the capacity of Phuket International Airport begins next week.

There is set to be more flights to Thailand in the future, as work to expand Phuket International Airport  gets underway from next week.

Official statistics show that last month, there was a 14.63 per cent rise in the number of people using the airport, with international visitors now outnumbering the amount of domestic flyers.

A total of 633,917 arrivals and departures occurred in September, which took the tally for 2012 so far to 6,966,881, Phuket Wan Tourism News reported.

Just last month, Emirates announced that it was to fly daily to the Thai paradise, which is becoming one of the most popular holiday hotspots in the whole of the Asia-Pacific region.

Phuket not only has numerous idyllic beaches such as Patong, Kata and Bangtao, but it also has a great number of cultural attractions, with the Chalong Tmeple and Old Phuket being particular highlights.

Written by Ruth Marshall

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