Phuket (HKT) Airport
Phuket HKT Airport Overview
The average temperatures at Phuket Island are between 31-33 high and 23-25 low (degrees Celsius). The main rainy season in general lasts from May through October.
HKT Airport is located on the west coast of Phuket island, 32.8 km northeast from downtown Phuket City, accessible via Thep Kasatri Road. It is open 24/7.
Distances to other areas (longest to shortest): Patong: 37.7 km; Kata : 47.4 km; Karon : 43.4 km; Panwa : 43.9 km; Bangtao: 21 km; Rawai: 48 km; Chalong : 40 km; Kamala : 27.6 km; Surin: 23.3 km; and Mai Khao: 8 km.
With a long runway and over 9 Million passengers annually, Phuket International Airport is hub to Thai AirAsia and is served by domestic and international airlines, as well as by international charters.
1. According to recent news, there are long waiting lines at Immigration during peak hours, where lines spill into the outside and can take up to 90 mins - and expected to get even longer - until opening of the new Temporary Terminal.
2. Travelers who transferred in Bangkok and completed the immigration process there, will arrive at Phuket at domestic terminal - yet your bags will arrive at International Terminal. A sign will guide you to it. Thereafter it's 10 more meters to the exit. Note that even after claiming your bags, you still have the option to pick up a duty-free item.
3. It is advisable to book your hotel and your transfer in advance, as you won't be able to get any special deals on arrival. If you have booked a hotel - step outside the terminal where a hotel rep will hold up your name. Major hotels are 30-40 km from the Airport!
4. If arriving by taxi at the airport for a departure flight, and there is already a large line of passengers outside waiting at scanner - have the driver drop you off at the arrivals door (further down) instead, where there is no long line.
Phuket International Airport has at present one 2-level passenger terminal, divided into domestic (left) & international (right) travel.
The ground level - arrivals / baggage claim - is divided into a domestic and an international Arrivals Lounge with baggage carousels, duty-free shops, customs & immigration, rental car counter at International Arrivals, and shared passenger hall with rental car counters, currency exchange, Information counter, left baggage, lost & found, food d& drink, and tour service.
The upper level - departure level / gate areas - houses the passenger hall with check-in counters, some food & drink & shop concessions, with acces to the separate Domestic and International Departure Lounges - leading to the departure gates. (Off-center is a currency exchange booth, a service center, a tour operator booth, tourist counter, internet service, AOT counters, and 2 VIP rooms.)
Bank ATMs from major banks are located at post-security areas and offer decent exchange rates.
As of late July 2013, AoT (the Airport Operator) endorsed a B145M budget for building a new Terminal - 'to be completed mid-2015'. Meanwhile, the single-level Temporary Terminal with 1,400 sq.meters to relieve overcrowding at the old terminal - now seems to open January 2014. (The Airport in their 'News' articles does not even mention either of the new terminals! )
According to the Construction Company in charge - many other projects, including a multi-level garage, road work, airport parking stands, and more, are part of the Airport Renovation/ Extension project - the opening of the new International Terminal is likely not to happen before 2016.
(Fiscal year 2013 ended with 10.9M passengers - a jump of 27 percent over last year!)
Important telephone numbers:
Central information 07 632 7230-7; Fax: 07 632 7230; Information counters 07 632 7230-7 ext. 1100, 1111, 1122;
Security center 07 632 7230-7, ext. 1191; Immigration 07 632 7230-7 ext. 1109; Customs 07 632 7230-7 ext. 1161
Thailand tourist counter 07 623 7110;
First Aid 07 632 7230-7, ext. 1133;
Airlines 07 632 7230-7 ext. 1206;
Parking options at Phuket International Airport: Presently there is only parking space for 443 vehicles available close to the terminal. A new multi-level carpark is part of the expansion project..
Rental car counters are currently located in the Arrivals hall: one is at the north end & another at the south end of the Arrivals hall.
Present and future Airport developments: The temporary Terminal may not open until January 2014. The new & separate International Terminal, now under construction and growing at a rapid pace, is to be completed mid-2015 - 2016. Thereafter, the old terminal will be used only for domestic travel. Furthermore the old terminal is being refurbished; all expansion and renovation projects are to last until 2015/16.