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Airport developed on Koh Phangan


Published on Oct 17, 2012

A Thai airline is planning a major expansion in the country, including the development of an airport on the resort island of Koh Phangan. The Bangkok Post reported yesterday that Kan Air is planning to expand its fleet with two ATR turboprops and two Embraer regional jets, and is also building a THB700 million (US$22.7m) airport on Koh Phangan, the resort island close to Koh Samui. The newspaper also reported that the airline plans to launch regular fl ights to Koh Phangan from Bangkok's Don Mueang airport, which it will establish as its main base. Prior to this, Kan Air also intends to launch two other routes from Don Mueang, connecting with the Thai cities of Phitsanulok and Khon Kaen. Koh Phangan is most famous for its full moon parties, but has been gradually entering the mainstream in recent years with the opening of branded hotels from companies such as Anantara and Best Western. Accessibility remains a problem however, with the island only connected by boat from Koh Samui and Surat Thani.

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