Video of Koh Phangan Airport

First YouTube video of construction site uploaded

First published September 2012

The first YouTube video of the construction site of Koh Phangan Airport has been released. As of 28th November, 2012 the video has had 978 views. The video was uploaded 3 months ago.

That is a slow uptake for an interesting piece of footage. It could be that there is not much to see other than cleared and flattened jungle. It could also be that many of the potential new customers for the airport simply haven’t heard that an airport is being constructed. It could be the lack of quality listings that certain search engines put out nowadays.

If you watch the video above you will see that the airport is in an amazing location. It is on the side of a cliff, surrounded by thick jungle. Than Prapas is famous for its beauty and for its waterfall.

It is also noticeable how short the runway looks. The plan is for a runway 1,100 meters long. Distances can appear deceptive in the tropical light through a camera, so it is hard to tell whether the strip of land indicated on the video is indeed over 1,000 meters long.

Kan Air plans to build what it describes as a thatch roof check-in building. Like, we imagine the original Koh Samui Airport before it was upgraded and moved. The idea seems entirely appropriate to the location. People are going to be amazed by the location and facilities at Koh Phangan Airport. In short it is going to be considered a very ‘cool’ airport.

Finally, comment should be made about the video itself. I suspect it was taken by tourists who stumbled on the site when all the workers were away. The site is empty. It is not an official site. The authors clearly have a point to make when they state how lucky the landowners are in that area.

They are clearly right in thinking the airport will change that part of Koh Phangan. As with all these developments there are winners and losers. Discussing whether this right or wrong is politics. It is going to be the quality businesses and the people who have land in the right place that are going to do well. Not all land is valuable or sellable in Thailand.

Construction Continues

Work on the new Koh Phangan airport progresses

In 2011 work began on the process of building Koh Phangan airport. Permission had been given but the engineers had difficulty finding the best location for the runway and airport buildings. A site in Chaloklum seemed also under consideration.

Now the site in the north-east of Koh Phangan between Thong Nai Pan and Than Sadet has been developed, and work is well advanced to prepare the land and start building. The budget for the project has been revealed via the Bangkok Post as being $22 million dollars. This is an ambitious move from a relatively small budget carrier. Kan Air has told the press that the airport will be finished in the second half of 2013. That gives them about 6 months to complete.

The plans are for a runway that is 1,100 meters long. Koh Samui runway is much bigger – 2,060 meters. The short length of the runway is due to the mountainous terrain. Kan Air will lease 2 turboprops that can hold 50 people to run 3 80-minute flights to Don Muang Airport in Bangkok. Kan Air went into business in 2010 and has currently 1 Cessna that holds 12 people and goes between cities in the north. The hub for the carrier is Chiang Mai. Kan Air is hoping to move its hub to Bangkok’s newly booming Don Muang Airport and offer flights in the south of Thailand.

The future business health of Kan Air seems to have been staked on Koh Phangan Airport’s speedy completion and success as a travel hub.