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03 January 2013 :: 17:01:19 pm 70011

Chiangmai Politician Pushes For Second Airport

The governor of Chiangmai has revived plans to build a second airport about 10 km from the city center. The proposed new airport is part of an overall plan to remake the Chiangmai into a bustling “new city” as its economic growth and expansion continues.
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CHIANGMAI – A second airport at Chiang Mai is being proposed by Mr. Tanin Supasan, the governor of Chiangmai. He pitched the airport project to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, when she recently visited the area to appoint a governor for the eight upper northern provinces.

Mr. Tanin said that during the tenure of Yingluck’s brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, plans had been discussed to expand and remake Chiangmai into a new revitalized city. A study was commissioned for the Sankampang area and Mae Orn for the project, but there was no progress after that.

Mr. Tanin revived the plan for a Chiangmai makeover with a second airport, which he presented to Ms. Yingluck. Because Chiangmai is expanding and there are many investments being made, now is the time to be planning to find land to support the city’s continual expanding, he said.

If the government is ready to support the project, the second airport could be built in the next 5-10 years, Mr. Thanin said. Chiangmai’s present airport is already crowded, with passenger trips rising to 4.5 million per year, he said. A total of 16 international and local airlines use the airport.

Also supporting the idea of a second Chiangmai airport was Mr. Narong Tananuwat, the director of the Trade and Investment Service Center. There are more than 100 daily flights from the present airport, he noted.

If government officials could see the current congestion of Chiangmai airport, they would realize the need for a second airport, Mr. Narong said. Furthermore, the current aging airport is encircled by communities, which creates noise problems for nearby houses, people, and schools. There are also archaeological sites located along the runway, he added.

A study has already been done for a second Chiangmai airport, he said. The study suggests that the new airport be located at the site of an old airport, which the Japanese had built during World War II in Maepuka Sankampang, Chiangmai.

The location was appropriate for a second airport, in both the weather and the landscape conditions, and the direction of wind was appropriate for landing and taking off, he said. Also, it is only 10 km away from the city.

Surely people would agree that the economy of Chiangmai is rapidly growing and causing the city to physcially expand, Mr. Narong said. He noted the current government’s plan to expand the fourth ring road in Chiangmai to support the expansion of both trade and investment.

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