Not enough flights to Samui

21 Mar 2011

An Australian internet advisor has issued the results of a study which indicates that there are not enough flight services to Koh Samui. The e-Travel Blackboard says that the island’s passenger flight arrival capacity is currently not big enough to fill all the accommodation on the island on a regular basis.

Island resort owners and hotel staff told surveyors that if visitors could not get to Samui then they would certainly not be able to stay. The problem has been blamed on a surge in building new accommodation over the past four years, but with no corresponding increase in the amount of flights to Samui.  

Koh Samui has one airport with flights mostly operated by local carrier, Bangkok Airways. The lack of competition coupled with the airport’s inability to handle larger aircraft are seen as the principal reasons for the current decline in levels of Samui visitors.    

Many of the people who responded to the survey said that the boom in low cost airlines serving other regional Southeast Asian holiday destinations had impacted on Samui. One respondent said the Indonesian island of Lombok would take over Samui’s title of Tropical Paradise, as its new airport was served by budget carriers and its runway was long enough for wide-bodied aircraft to land.   

The only other methods of travel to Samui are ferries from Surat Thani, on the mainland, and the neighbouring islands of Koh Tao and Koh Pha Ngan. Surat Thani International Airport is served by budget airlines, but the combined flight and ferry journey is seen as time consuming for travellers on short vacations. 

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