Anyone who has spent time traveling in Thailand will tell you that getting around by air is an easy and comparatively inexpensive travel option. Thailand is a world class tourist destination with a long history of providing air service for travelers. Thailand has more than it’s fair share of airports to be such a small country, and it really delivers when it comes to access and options for flying in country or abroad.
As of August 2010, there are 8 international airports in Thailand. Keep in mind that carriers listed may change and it is best to contact the airlines or airports directly for the most up to date and current scheduling and fare availability. The main international airport is the Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) which opened in 2006. This airport is the busiest airport in Thailand and handles over 45 million passengers a year. More than 100 international and domestic carriers fly in and out of Suvarnabhumi Airport. The airport is located 30 kilometers east of Bangkok and is easy to access via taxi. There’s also current plans to extend the BTS Sukhumvit line and the MRT blue line at Phaya Thai and Phetchaburi stations to the airport in the future. For complete details view the website at bangkokairportonline.com.
For travelers from the USA, only one airline currently has non-stop flights to Bangkok. The airline is Thai Airways International and they operate a daily non-stop flight from New York (JFK) to Bangkok (BKK) and a daily flight from Los Angles (LAX) to Bangkok (BKK). Visit the website for information on scheduling and fares at thaiair.com
Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) is the most popular airport in the north of Thailand. It is served by 13 international and domestic carriers, for additional information visit the airport website at chiangmaiairportonline.com
Chiang Rai International Airport (CEI) in also in the north of Thailand and is served by One-Two-Go Airlines, SGA Airlines , Thai AirAsia and Thai Airways International
Hat Yai International Airport (HDY) which is in the south, not very far from the Malaysian border is served by Tiger Airways , AirAsia , Thai Airways International , Nok Air , One-Two-GO Airlines and Thai AirAsia.
Phuket International Airport (HKT) is one of the busiest airports in Thailand, coming in second only to Bangkok International airport. Phuket is served by 38 international and domestic carriers .
U-Tapao International Airport (UTP) is a small joint civil-military public airport that serves the beach communities of Rayong and Pattaya. It serves mostly as the main military airport for the Royal Thai Navy and is served by several international charter airlines. Bangkok Airways also serves this airport.
Udon Thani International Airport (UTH), which is in the North of Thailand, is served by Thai Airways International , Nok Air,Nok Mini and Thai AirAsia.
Koh Samui Airport (USM) is on the small island hotspot in the south of Thailand and is served by Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways International , Berjaya Air and Firefly .
Krabi Airport (KBV) serves another very popular beach destination in the south of Thailand. It is served by AirAsia, Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways International, Tiger Airways, Thai AirAsiaFinnair, Novair , TUIfly Nordic