Hua Hin airport and rail expansion set to transform popular resort
A major expansion of Hua Hin airport and the introduction of a new dual-track rail line are set to transform the popular resort town.
Thailand’s transport ministry has approved plans to build a new terminal and extend the runway at Hua Hin Airport.
The upgrade will see the airport become a true international facility, doubling the number of flights and increasing passenger traffic three-fold.
The current passenger terminal at Hua Hin airport can accommodate approximately 300 passengers per hour. However, the new terminal will be able to handle in excess of 900 passengers hourly.
The airport expansion is earmarked for completion by 2022.
At the time of writing, Hua Hin airport offers just one flight which links Hua Hin and Kuala Lumpur. The flight is operated by Air Asia and flies four times per week.
However, following the upgrade, it is anticipated that flights to and from key destinations in Thailand, Southeast Asia and mainland China will be available.
In addition to the planned upgrade of Hua Hin Airport, work is already underway on a major expansion of the rail line which passes through Hua Hin.
The expansion is part of a huge upgrade being undertaken by the State Railway of Thailand.
The upgrade will see a new dual-track train line network introduced throughout the country.
The upgraded rail line will be a major benefit for those visiting Hua Hin, as well as residents, and is set to slash travel times for passengers and in turn boost tourism throughout Hua Hin and the surrounding area.
The new rail line will be part of what the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) is calling “Southern Route Phase 2”.
This phase will result in an upgrade of the train track from the new central train station at Bang Sue in Bangkok to Chumphon in the south.
Currently, it can take up to five hours of travel between Hua Hin and Bangkok by train. But once the upgrade is completed, travel time should be reduced to between two and three hours, transport officials have said.
Finally, the construction of a new highway which will link Cha Am to Nakhon Phathom is also set to be a major boost for people living in or traveling to Hua Hin from Bangkok and central Thailand.
Construction of the project is already underway with officials from the Department of Highways saying it should be completed by 2024.
All three of these transportation projects are set to spur economic growth and in turn, boost property prices in Hua Hin and the surrounding area.