The inability of Phuket to keep pace with an ever-expanding number of tourists means that the neighboring destination of Krabi will probably benefit at the expense of the Thai holiday island.
The original intention was to launch flights between Macau and Phuket as well as Sabah in the second half of this year.
”We did previously consider Phuket as a new destination, but the airport there has not undergone any expansion and there were no [time] slots available to land our flights,’‘ said Ms Lao.
”Krabi, on the other hand, can serve as a new base for us as their flight time slots are not as full as Phuket’s. But the current political situation in Thailand does affect our expansion pace to launch more flights between here and the country.”
Phuket International Airport is undergoing an enlargement but the facility will still have just one runway, limiting the number of tourist arrivals for the forseeable future.
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