Changes to Samui airport plan

Changes to Samui airport plan - Bangkok Post, April 27, 2005
[We were interested in the series of odd, unrelated paragraphs in this article.]
The Aviation Department is revising plans for Koh Samui's second airport after Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit visited the site and saw that a mountain would block a runway.
If approved, the second Samui airport would be built on 2,000 rai of land in the Phru Na Muang area. It would cost about 500 million baht excluding land expropriation costs.
Kasem Chankaew, head of a team conducting the feasibility study, said the Aviation Department had assigned Kasetsart University's environmental college to study the possibilities of the project by focusing on necessities, the location and size of the airport, the number of flights, environment and noise pollution.
The island's current airport, belonging to Bangkok Airways, a private firm, is deemed too small.
Anusorn Wongwisuthivej, a tourism business operator and former Thai Airways International pilot, said the island needed one more airport as Bangkok Airways' facility could accommodate fewer than 350,000 tourists per year. This year the island expects 920,000 visitors.


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