Surat Thani International Airport
|Airport type||Public / Military|
|Owner||Royal Thai Air Force|
|Operator||Department of Airports|
|Location||73 Moo 3, Hua Toei, Phunphin, Surat Thani, Thailand|
|Elevation AMSL||6.1 m / 20 ft|
Surat Thani International Airport (Thai: ) (IATA: URT, ICAO: VTSB) is an international airport located in Phunphin District, Surat Thani Province, in Southern Thailand. The airport, 21 km west of Surat Thani City, also is home to the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) squadrons. Surat Thani has a single paved runway. It is the tenth-busiest airport in Thailand in terms of passengers, handling more than two million passengers annually.
|Nok Air||Bangkok-Don Mueang|
|Nordwind Airlines||Seasonal charter: Krasnoyarsk, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Novosibirsk|
|Thai AirAsia||Bangkok-Don Mueang, Chiang Mai|
|Thai Lion Air||Bangkok-Don Mueang|
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As well as being a commercial facility, Surat Thani Airport is an active RTAF base, the home of 4th Air Division/7th Wing Air Combat Command. 701 Squadron, "Shark", flies twelve SAAB JAS-39 C/D Gripen fighter aircraft. 702 Squadron operates two airborne early warning (AEW) and two transport SAAB SF340 airplanes. A further two SF340s are on order.
On 11 December 1998, Thai Airways Flight 261, an A310-200 (HS-TIA), bound for Surat Thani from Bangkok, was making its third landing attempt in heavy rain when it crashed into a rice paddy about 3 km (1.9 mi) from the airport; 101 of the 146 passengers and crew aboard were killed.
Surat Thani travel guide from Wikivoyage