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The soaring cost of air travel to Phuket has sparked a backlash from local tourists, with low-cost carriers reportedly charging up to 14,000 baht (US$388) for a round trip from Bangkok. Despite making bookings weeks in advance, some travellers reported paying 5,000 baht (US$138) for a one-way ticket. The president of the southern chapter of … …

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Why the surprise? The airport is charging high fees. The costs of staffing and supply at HKT are higher  at HKT than other Thai airports. These costs are passed on.

Air fares are still well below similar routes elsewhere.


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