YALA, Thailand, Dec 8 (NNN-Bernama) — Thailand’s Transport Minister, ArkhomTermpittayapaisith, on Friday laid the foundation stone for the country’s upcoming Betong Airport in the southern province of Yala, which is scheduledto be ready in 2020, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.
During the ceremony, the minister said the 1.9-billion-baht airport was originally set to be constructed within three years from 2016 to 2018 to facilitate trips to the mountainous terrain of Betong district. The project, was aimed at supporting the development of three southern border provinces – Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.
The new airport will have a 2,100-metre-long runway to serve big airplanes and a parking area for three planes at a time. Its passenger terminal has been designed to cover 7,000 square metres and serve 500,000 passengers a year.
Arkhom said the Betong Airport would facilitate trips to Yala and bordering areas of Malaysia and support economic development and security in the three southern border provinces.
Its operation will increase the number of foreign tourists in the far South from 600,000 to 1 million and generate tourism-related income worth over 4 billion baht a year, he said.–NNN-BERNAMA
Photo Caption: Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith is laying a foundation stone for the Betong airport project at its site in Betong district, Yala, on Friday. (Transport Ministry photo)