When choosing an airline to fly to Pattaya, most tourists think about arranging a transfer at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok and don’t know that the resort has its own airport. Small U-Tapao airport is located about 40 kilometers from the city. The official name of the airport is U-Tapao International Airport. In our article we will tell about the airport and local airlines.
The airport is located near Sukhumvit Road, about 140 kilometers from Bangkok and 40 kilometers from Pattaya. There is the famous Sattahip Beach nearby, which is also called “military” because of its proximity to the air base. The beach attracts visitors with clear water, white sand and beautiful views. There is a turtle nursery near this beach.
This airport played an important role in the development of Pattaya as a tourist center. During the period of hostilities in Vietnam, American aicrafts were located in this area. In their free time, aviators rested in coastal settlements and in Pattaya.
U-Tapao is a small airport and a passenger traffic is about 400 passengers per day. However, for the convenience of travelers, there is free Wi-Fi, a cafe, a restaurant, a jewelry shop and duty free. There is a small travel agency in the terminal where you can book a transfer or a hotel. There are also desks for ordering a taxi or car rent.
The airport’s runway is 3.5 kilometers long and 60 meters wide. However, the technical service is very developed here and there is everything necessary for the repair of airliners of any brand and model. That’s why Kingdom authorities plan to expand the terminal and increase passenger traffic.
U-Tapao regularly collaborates with such local airlines as Air Asia and Bangkok Airways. Airplanes regularly fly to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Vietnam, Singapore and Chinese cities: Macau, Nanning, Hangzhou. There are also flights to domestic destinations: Phuket, Samui and seasonal flights to Chiang Mai (Kan Air).
There are several cities and airports from which you can get to Pattaya:
Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, 115 kilometers from the resort;
Don Muang Airport in Bangkok, 143 kilometers from Pattaya;
The airport in Hua Hin, 115 kilometers;
The airport in Trat, 148 kilometers from Pattaya;
At our website you can book a transfer and comfortably get from the airport to your hotel.
As you can see, the transport system is well developed in Thailand and there are many ways to get to any resort. If you are planning to visit Pattaya during the tourist season, it is better to book air tickets in advance in order to choose the best seats at the best price.