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Thailand’s New International Gateway U-Tapao

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The Rayong area will be benefiting from both rail, road and the new airport connections at U-Tapao, making it even easier and quicker to access the province both domestically and internationally.

“The small regional looking airport has been opened up as a new domestic air hub and international gateway to the areas south-east of Bangkok, which feature the tourist haven of Pattaya about three kilometres to the north and Rayong about 35kms to the east.

Authorities are targeting passenger growth from China and Western Europe. In addition with the potential security problems for in both Egypt and Turkey, Thailand may return to popularity again for Russian tourists.

Air Asia has designated U-Tapao as its fifth Asian hub and is now operating flights to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Macau, and hopes to cash in on the Chinese market with flights to Nanning and Nanchang. Domestically, Air Asia has flights to Hat Yai, Chiang Mai, and Udon Thani, making 46 flights a week from U-Tapao. The airline is planning to expand its network with additional flight destinations like Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen, and Chiang Rai. Indian destinations are also being studied for the future.Other airlines using U-Tapao include Bangkok Airways flying to Phuket, and Samui.

With the construction of Highway 331 upgraded to four lanes and extension to both Pattaya and the industrial centre at Mataphut, massive regional growth should be expected.

However Chonburi/Rayong may become two of the fastest growing provinces in Thailand over the next decade.”

Article excepts and photo taken from:  Asian Correspondent


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