Thailand has a number of airports that service both domestic and international air traffic, as well as many more that only serve domestic flights. Domestic carriers, such as Thai Airways, and international carriers, including AirAsia, fly numerous domestic and international routes into and out of various Thai airports. Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi (BKK) is the premier Thailand airport and serves as a hub for international transit passengers as well as a gateway to various Thai destinations. Phuket (HKT), Chiang Mai (CNX), Hat Yai (HDY), and Koh Samui (USM) are the other primary airports for international air travel into and out of Thailand. For domestic flights to travel to smaller provincial capitals one must generally fly out of Bangkok or one of the other international airports listed above.
Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) serves as the primary international airport in Thailand for numerous international airlines, most with direct flights from abroad landing in the Thai capital. However, some chartered flights and international service from nearby Asian nations may land at one of the other, smaller international airports within Thailand, such as Phuket (HKT), Chiang Mai (CNX), Hat Yai (HDY), and Koh Samui (USM) International Airports.Nonetheless, Suvarnabhumi Airport is Thailand’s premier international air travel gateway and links all aspects of air travel and ground transport. It also supports the country’s travel and tourism development, as befits its auspicious name, “Suvarnabhumi”, (Golden Land; pronounced “sue-wanna-poom”), which was bestowed upon it by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.