Phuket International Airport, the second busiest airport in Thailand

About the Airport

Phuket International Airport (HKT) is the gateway to arrive in Phuket and the second busiest airport in Thailand. As Phuket is an ideal travel destination, millions of travellers visit Phuket Island every year to enjoy the spectacular beauty of beaches, wonderful islands in the Andaman Sea, and world-class accommodation services. This airport contributes a lot to the developement of tourism in southern Thailand.

Phuket international Airport (HKT) has opened in 1987. Since then HKT has been under the supervision of Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT) since 2002. AOT is the child organization of the Ministry of Finance of Thailand. The airport has undergone an expansion project of about 5.14 Billion Baht, which is almost finished in 2016.

This airport enjoys huge passenger numbers and cargo from all over the world. It is situated (exactly coordinates are 8.111382, and 98.306432 in google map) to the south of Phang Nga province. About 48 airplanes including Jetstar, Air Asia, Air Berlin, Air China, Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways, Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Dragon air, Finnair, Firefly, Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Express, Nok air, Qatar Airways, Shanghai Airlines, fly into and out of Phuket.

As the Island of Phuket’s size is 222.4 mi2 (about 398 km2), you can reach everywhere in the city within a short time from Phuket International Airport. You can arrive at famous Patong Beach within an hour by Taxi or bus. Other famous beach areas are also not far from Phuket airport either.

Specialization of Phuket International Airport

Runway: 08/26, 3050m long, 45m wide

Flight Capacity: 30 Flights per hour

Pitch Characteristic: Asphaltic Concrete

Durability: PCN /60/F/X/T

Apron area: 56461 m2

Aircraft Parking Area: 7 parking stands (2 parking with contact gates and 5 remote Parking bays)

Sea Level: HKT is 82 feet (25m) above sea level.

Traffic statistics: Phuket International Airport handled 12.9 million passengers in 2015, 12.8 million in 2014, 82000 aircraft operations and 37, 374 tonnes freight services in 2015.



Phuket International Airport has mainly two terminals, Terminal-1 for international flights and Terminal-2 for domestic flights. Terminal X has been used for chartering flights since 2014.


Phuket International Airport handles the immigration process in an easy way. Sometimes you may need to wait a little longer especially during the high season (November to April) due to large numbers of travellers’ arriving. Just be patient and stroll through the process without fuss, Once through you can then pick your luggage from the conveyor belt and then leave the Airport by taxi, hire car or bus to start your amazing holiday.

Security information

Every passenger should follow the screening and security system of AOT during arrival and departure. Flight staff & airport personnel must follow the rules of entrance and exit under AOT. Essential items such as medicine, liquids, aerosols, gels, and infant nutrition are permitted in an appropriate quantity (max. 100 ml for liquid). For more info about security systems of Phuket International Airport, please visit HKT Security System.

Health control

To protect the international outbreak of contagious diseases, AOT implements the closely monitoring system to save the country from infection. HKT follows some extra care for the passenger of Yellow Fever Countries. HKT doesn’t allow any native who is seriously infected by any contagious diseases.

Facilities for disabled

For the disabled passengers who need extra care, HKT manages all services including wheelchair parking for waiting, elevator for moving, and public telephone for communicating with people. For further info, please contact the information counter at the airport.

Hotel Reservation

Hotel reservation counter can be found in the arrival hall at Phuket International Airport. Phuket offers a wide range of good accommodation from low-cost to luxurious for travellers. It is important to choose the right hotel for the right beach for a comfortable staying in Phuket. You can check the 8 Best hotels in Phuket to choose the best accommodation for a great holiday.

Bank & Currency exchange facilities

You can use your credit for consuming any item inside the airport. You can exchange your currency at any of the 4 currency exchange counters in the arrival hall. You will also find a currency exchange booth in the departure hall.


Tourist mobile connection/ Roaming

After arriving at ground floor, you will find a booth which provides the tourist SIM and internet connection for mobile communication. You can also roam your native network with any network provider of Phuket.

Duty-free shopping

You can buy many products without VAT/Tax from 10 retail shops inside this airport. During your holiday, you can visit best 8 shopping malls in Phuket for a great shopping experience.

Restaurant in airport

You will find many snack bars in the different areas of both terminals. Big restaurants are located on the 3rd floor. In Phuket, never forget to taste best Thai delicious food.

Tour service counter

Tour service booth is situated in the departure hall. While travelling Phuket, you’ll get opportunity to plan some amazing tours to many different famous Islands. If you are interested, you can choose your desired tour from build Your Tour Packages to have an unforgettable holiday experience.

Claim Your Baggage

Baggage conveyors in Phuket International Airport are well disciplined. There are 6 baggage conveyors in this airport. Two conveyor belts are used for domestic arrival and other two for international arrival. The remaining are for departure.


There are plenty of different modes of transport to get around Phuket. You can ride on the airport bus or public bus to reach your hotel. To avoid hassle, get to your hotel booking with an airport transfer. Almost every hotel has an airport transfer service. Cost effective & easy transports will save you money as well as time. You can rent a car, Limousine taxi, meter Taxi, mini van for, tuk tuk for a comfortable journey.

Lost & found department/ luggage storage services

Every airport has lost & found department for seeking one’s baggage or documents. Unfortunately, if you lose your belongings, please contact Airport Information Counter or directly Lost & Found Department.

The central phone of Phuket Airport Information Counter is (076) 327230-7.

If you are looking for a service to keep your Luggage safe, there is a service room on the 1st floor in the domestic arrival hall. THB 80 is charged for per day for safe keeping.

Phuket International Airport provides world-class services. The airport authority is committed to offering the best service possible to passengers. Check Phuket Travel Guide for other information about traveling with kids and pets, food & water, shopping & nightlife, travel insurance and Thai visa regulation.



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