The Airports of Thailand Public Limited Company (AOT) has launched a 10-year plan to expand the Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). The project will increase the facility’s passenger handling capacity from the existing 8 million travellers per year to more than 20 million annual travellers. Works under the project will be executed in two phases.
Phase 1 of the project will consist of feasibility and environmental impact assessment plans as well as construction and upgradation of existing facilities. Works will commence in 2026 and last till 2029. Commercial operations will begin in 2030. At the end of this phase, the airport is expected to transport 16.5 million passengers annually.
Phase 2 of the project will consist of construction and upgradation of runways and taxiways. This phase will also include refurbishment of refuelling bays, domestic and international passenger terminals, office space for airlines and airport staff, parking areas, roads within the airport, an electrical substation, and a wastewater treatment facility. Works will commence in 2030 and will take three years to complete. Commercial operations will begin in 2033. At the end of this phase, the airport is expected to transport 20 million passengers annually and 31 flights per hour.