Phuket International Airport has given travellers more room to lounge and added other facilities to cope with an anticipated surge over the Songkran holidays.
Airports of Thailand president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn said on Friday an additional 5,550 square metres had been opened in the concourse the day before.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand has predicted that 393,900 travellers will use Phuket airport from April 11-17 – a rate of 56,300 per day, representing an increase of 16.8 per cent over Songkran 2017.
Nitinai said the passenger building on the north side of the airport was being renovated and was opening in stages.
On Thursday a 3,000-square-metre second-floor lobby opened, with extra toilet facilities.
On the first floor, 2,550 additional square metres will handle arrivals via the bus gate, and a third luggage conveyor was added, so passengers can collect their bags faster, Nitinai said.
Next month, he said, 350 more luggage check-in stations would be ready.
Nitinai said renovations would be complete by June, including more X-ray scanners to hasten departures.