The cabinet has given a go-ahead for the construction of the second Chiang Mai international airport, either in San Kamphaeng district of Chiang Mai or in Ban Thi district of Lamphun, said government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd on Wednesday (Dec 27).
Also, the cabinet, at its mobile meeting at the Physical Education Institute of Sukhothai College in Sukhothai on Tuesday, endorsed the Transport Ministry’s proposal to expand the current passenger’s terminal at Chiang Mai airport so that it will be able to accommodate up to 20 million passengers a year from 10 million passengers as it is now.
The expanded terminal will also have the capacity to accommodate 34 flights per week from today’s 24 flights a week.
Lt-Gen Sansern said that new passenger’s terminal would also be built at Mae Sot, Phrae and Phetchabun airports whereas their runways would also be extended.
However, he added that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had suggested that the private sector would be asked to explain to people in communities adjacent to the airports about the need for the expansion of the runways and that the locations of their communities make it impossible for the expansion work.
The prime minister, said Lt-Gen Sansern, didn’t want the projects to go ahead while people in the communities do not understand the need of the runway expansion.