Betong Airport in Yala province is Thailand’s newest airport. It is set to open for commercial flights on March 14.
Among the first to fly commercially to Betong Airport from Don Muang in Bangkok is Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha. The said airline will fly from Don Muang to Betong every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
The Transport Ministry said that Betong Airport is part of the government’s plan to develop the three souther border provinces’ economy and security.
“The airport will form a hub connecting the three provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala under the government’s regional development plan, and will help promote transportation, logistics and tourism in the areas,” it added.
On January 29, the newest airport welcomed its first chartered flight after it was granted the Public Aerodrome Operating Certificate (PAOC) by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).
The PAOC is a new certification for airports that meet the latest international safety standards of air travel.
The ministry added that investment in Betong Airport’s refuelling service will be boosted as the facility handles more air traffic.
Source: The Nation
Photo: Betong Airport Facebook page
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