The new passenger terminal at U-tapao international airport in Rayong is again facing delays. According to a report in the Bangkok Post, the delay is due to a recent audit by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand which found about 40 problems. The new terminal had originally been due to open in August. The date was later pushed back to the end of 2017, but that opening is now in doubt.
This year, U-tapao reached a historic milestone by handling more than 1 million passengers in the fiscal year to September 2017. This is up from 710,000 in the previous fiscal year. The new passenger terminal is designed to handle three million passengers a year, 80% of which are AirAsia passengers.
Budget airlines Nok Air and Thai Lion Air have made U-tapao airport their new base for charter flights to China. This month, Nok Air will gradually open new services from U-tapao to Yinchuan (once a week), Haikou (three times a week), Changsha (three times a week) and Linyi (twice a week). Thai Lion Air this week inaugurated charter flights to U-tapao from Changsha, part of a series of Chinese cities that the low-cost carrier plans to link to U-tapao.
Source: Bangkok Post