PHUKET: The Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) plans to develop ‘airport city’ projects at six key airports nationwide with an initial investment of more than 30 billion baht.
AoT president Makin Petplai said the development plan would be placed for AoT board approval next month.
The airport city concept would include development of a shopping mall, sports complex and facilities for aviation businesses.
Mr Makin said the development would be undertaken at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan, Don Mueang airport in Bangkok, Phuket airport, Chiang Mai airport, Chiang Rai airport, and Hat Yai airport.
Initially, however, developments with a total value of 31.26 billion baht would be launched at three airports — Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and Phuket.
The investments come in two types — one is an investment by the AoT itself, and the other, a joint development with the private sector.
Under the plan, the AoT will allocate its own investment of 13.26 billion baht to develop Don Mueang and Phuket airports.
Of the investment, 9.3 billion baht would go into the development of community and shopping malls on a 60 rai area, and the other 3.96 billion would be allocated for a private jet centre and facilities at Phuket airport.
Meanwhile, the AoT plans a joint investment worth 11 billion with the private sector at Suvarnabhumi airport.
A 300 rai land plot would be developed as a sports complex and another 7 billion baht would be spent on a shopping complex near AoT headquarters, opposite the airport.
Later, a Halal food centre will be developed at Hat Yai airport, a shopping mall at Chiang Mai airport, and an aviation repair and maintenance centre at Chiang Rai airport.
The development at Phuket airport is expected to be completed by 2017.