Parking private planes at Phuket Airport
Can a private pilot hanger or “tie down” a private airplane at either Phuket International Airport or Krabi Airport?
In the US, pilots can pay a monthly rental fee to keep an airplane at an airport. The rental arrangement is either with the government entity that runs the airfield, or with a private operator who holds a master lease enabling him to operate a business on a part of the airport.
I am moving to Thailand next month, and would like to buy an airplane for private use in the region, provided I can keep it at one of the two airports.
Bill McDougall, US.
Phuket airport does not accept long-term parking for any private aircraft because we do not have enough space. We suggest you ask the airports at Haad Yai, Ranong or Surat Thani.
In the past we allowed big airplanes, such as Boeing 737s, to park for a maximum of about 15 days. They have to pay a daily fee; we do not allow monthly rental.
Regardless, we do not have the capacity to give allow private aircraft to be kept at the airport long term.
Phuket Airport Director Sq/Ldr Pornchai Eua-aree.
Krabi airport is currently under expansion, which is due to be finished within two years. We currently do not have space to keep aircraft here long term. We can allow private aircraft to park at the airport for short stays only, say, a maximum of one week.
Krabi Airport Director Pisan Jinacharn.