Thailand – New island airport

Airline Kan Air has invested USD$25 million into the construction of an airport on Koh Phangan Island in the Gulf of Thailand.

The facility is due to be completed on the eastern side of the island next year and will have a small air terminal and a 1,100 meter runway. It will provide a non-stop link with Bangkok’s Don Muang airport. Kan Air also plans to start flying from Don Muang to Khon Kaen and Phitsanulok from early 2013.

Koh Phangan is currently only accessible by a 30-minute high speed ferry ride from neighboring Koh Samui. It is famous as a backpacker destination and as a venue for the “full moon” parties.

The airline recently acquired its first jet, a Beechcraft Premier which can accommodate up to seven passengers. It also has plans to lease two ATR 72 and two Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets.

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