The U-Tapao International Airport, about a 45 minute drive from Pattaya, has officially opened its second passenger terminal on 4th December 2019.
Director of U-Tapao International Airport, Vice Admiral Kritchaphon Rianglekjamnong said that once the airport is fully open for commercial service, the number of passengers and flights would continue to increase, going from 177,000 people a year in
2015 to 1.99 million people.
Fifteen airlines operate 15,767 flights on 33 routes both domestic and international, he said. We expect that the number of passengers will increase to 2.5 million people from the previous 800,000 passengers.
Pattaya's mayor has claimed that plans for tramway system look set to be completed next year.
A 70 million baht study for the Tramway will be completed by mid 2020, said mayor Sontaya Khunpleum.
The system will be designed to link up with the bullet train linking three airports that has recently gained government approval. One of the stations on the route from Don Muang to U-tapao and Rayong will be in Pattaya.
But he cautioned that there was much work to be done. Following the completion of the environmental impact and design survey process mid 2020 there will be consultative phases.
The project is a massive one, he said, and it is yet to be decided how the multi billion baht project will be financed. One involving government and private sector finance under a PPP scheme is envisaged. Perhaps another is that China would pick up
the tab as part of its belts and roads policy that is buying influence around the world.