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Koh Samui: Build a second airport for budget airlines, much better than a bridge, says MP

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8 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

Considering the fact that the average cost of a bridge over the sea, seems to be in the neighborhood of $60 million per km. it is doubtful this silly bridge idea would ever happen. Another airport is a good idea.

 

If the well connected BA makes a big legal stink, sieze Samui airport under eminent domain. They have already made their fortune on it. 

60 million can buy a lot of mercs... airport equals a lot of civics... case closed.

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

He wants PM Prayuth Chan-ocha to consider building a new airport for low cost carriers.

 

Have they decided who to name the new airport after?

 

 

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16 minutes ago, hotchilli said:

Bring in the low end tourists who can't afford anything and the trash vendors will follow after for a fast buck.

5 year down the line Samui will have gone from a half decent place to a hell-hole!

Samui was a paradise about 20 - 30 years ago. With the Baht crises the mass tourism started and this was the end of the paradise. Visited it the last time about 10 years ago. Booked for 2 weeks but fled after a couple of days. 

 

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Dr. Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, Chairman of Bangkok Airways, is the visionary behind Bangkok Airways as well as the airport on Samui island. He bought the land and built the airport to make Samui - aviationwise - "online". 

Bangkok Airways is a true boutique airline and not comparable to a low cost carrier. I happened to be on a 6-passenger-flight in a 100-passenger aircraft and, despite being possibly the loss leader of that particular day, the flight was operated - which was very, very important to me. This is something which cannot be said by most other airlines in Thailand. 

Dr. Prasert and his team of leading professionals put Samui and their airline where they are today. The "expensive" part comes from all those half-empty hotels overcharging tremendously (a bottle of local soda at Baht 90++) and blocking entire sections of the beach for private hotel guests (restaurant guests spending more than B 1000/head did not count).  

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And Hey !

The new Airport could be Named

" Prayuth Chan o Cha Airport." after our great leader.

Better than naming a paltry Bridge after him.

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Bangkok airways which is privately owned generates the majority of its annual income directly from the Koh Samui flights this information was released last year without Samui airport and the extortionate prices they charge they would go bust within months.

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Whether a new road bridge or a new budget airport, it will be a slap in the face for Bangkok Airways and its over-priced monopoly!

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5 hours ago, Gulfsailor said:

I prefer quality over quantity. Thailand has plenty low cost destinations already, and are struggling more than Samui. The reason affluent travelers visit Samui is because it’s not like Pattaya or Phuket. The hotels that are struggling on Samui are the low and mid tier ones. The luxury accommodations are doing fine. Let’s not ruin that with plane loads of budget travelers please. 

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1 hour ago, khunPer said:

It's not a question about airport or bridge, it's a question about infrastructure and how much tourism the environment can bear.

Bear in mind that Europen tourist destinations, and even countries, have or are proposing to tax tourists, because the infrastructure and environment cannot take more, there are already too many.

 

The benefit with one private airport, and relative high fees for using it, is that it in a way sort the tourists, so the better spenders that can afford Samui are those arriving. And for those that wish to travel cheaper it's both affordable and fairly easy to use Air Asia to Surat Thani, and their link with bus/ferry to Samui.

 

There are by the way probably not enough affordable accommodation available for a massive increased numbers of budget travellers. Another question is, if there also is a huge enough increasing demand for visiting the island...🤔

Absolutely right, and this being a key point:

"And for those that wish to travel cheaper it's both affordable and fairly easy to use Air Asia to Surat Thani, and their link with bus/ferry to Samui."

 

It would be sad if they decide to destroy even more of the diminishing natural habitat on this small island to build another airport. If all the trees are cut down and replaced by concrete, then they'll really see a drop in tourist numbers - forever! 

 

 

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