They’ll be people flocking to many a pool villa in Phuket and across Thailand for the Songkran Festival during the second week of April, and the country’s 6 major airports are already expecting at least 3 million travellers.
President Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, Airports of Thailand, revealed their expected forecast for the number of arrivals for the seven-day period of Songkran, saying that they’re expecting around 3.2 million travellers, which would be a 12.3% increase from the same time period from the preceding year.
The AoT is expecting that Suvarnabhumi would be the busiest of the six, with estimated arrivals sitting at 1.37 million over the length of Songkran. There’s appeal to the many a pool villa in Phuket, however, as they’re still expecting about 458,000 travellers, which is still fairly busy. Don Mueang, meanwhile, is expecting 970,000 travellers.
Even with the smog problem that Chiang Mai is dealing with, the airport is still expecting about 246,000 travellers. Meanwhile, Hat Yai expects 87,000 travellers, while Chiang Rai’s northernmost airport is expecting 80,000.
AoT PLC. operates all six of the aforementioned airports. The other state-run airports, meanwhile, are operated by the Airports Department of the Transport Ministry.
These numbers were extrapolated from the number of travellers that have booked their flights via these airports.
AoT didn’t give specifics on when the air travellers would be going into the airports. The Songkran annual holiday will be running from the 13th to the 17th of April in 2019. The festival draws in travellers from across the world who’re looking enjoy a traditional Thai new year, while the locals either return to their hometowns or their villages, or go on vacation, either in somewhere in Thailand, or someplace outside the country.
Pres. Nitinai stated that there hasn’t been any cancellations for flights to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai for the incoming holiday even with the toxic air plaguing the northern Thai regions. That being said, he admits that tourists might opt, at the last minute, to bypass or ignore the two northern cities in favour of other popular destinations, should the heavy smog continue to smother the region during the Songkran holiday season.