Pattaya U Tapao Airport (UTP)

U Tapao Airport – a Suvarnabhumi alternative

Although most visitors to Pattaya arrive at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport there is a local airport at U-Tapao. This is convenient for flying south to Phuket and Samui directly (thus saving time on the road), or making a short visit to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat in Cambodia. It also serves charter flights from Eastern Europe.

Also known as Pattaya Airport, U-Tapao International Airport has a small airstrip and limited facilities, albeit boasts international status. It was formerly a very busy airbase during the Vietnam War era and played a hand in Pattaya’s rise to international holiday resort.

There is also a daily flight to and from Siem Reap (for Angkor Wat) in Cambodia offered by PMT Air. Korean Air flies three times a week to and from Incheon. The Moscow service from Transaero is a seasonal service.

At Pattaya U Tapao Airport you will find a simple terminal with refreshment facilities, customs and immigration, money changers and an information desk. Taxis are always on hand to take you to Pattaya.

Beginning in 2009, the Pattaya city council, in collaboration with the U-Tapao authorities, have been working to upgrade, improve and expand the facilities and usability of U-Tapao as it relates to Pattaya tourism. There is a move afoot to try and get as many major international airlines as possible to start scheduling more flights into U-Tapao, but this may take a few more years yet. The most significant addition has been a direct U-Tapao-Clark Airfield in the Philippines flight. It is the closest airport to Angeles City.

U-Tapao International Airport: Ban Chang, Rayong 21130. Tel: (038) 245 595.

Bangkok Airways: Pattaya Office – Fairtex Arcade, Room A5, 212/5 M. 5, North Pattaya Rd., Naklua, Banglamung, Chonburi, 20150. Tel: (038) 412 382, Fax: (038) 411 965, Email. Office Hour: 08:00-17:30 (Monday-Saturday).

Bangkok Airways Fight From To Dep. Arr. Note
PG 252 Samui U-Tapao 11:10 12:20 Daily
PG 281 U-Tapao Phuket 13:00 14:40 Daily
PG 282 Phuket U-Tapao 15:10 16:40 Daily
PG 294 U-Tapao Samui 17:15 18:20 Daily

AirAsia: Pattaya Office – Tesco Lotus South Pattaya, 2 Floor 408/2 M.12, South Pattaya, Sukhumvit Rd., Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150. Call Centre: (02) 515 9999 (08:00-21:00 (Daily). Office Hour: 10:00-20:30 (Daily).

AirAsia Fight From To Dep. Arr. Note
FD 101 U-Tapao Chiang Mai 6:20 7:35 Daily
FD 102 Chiang Mai U-Tapao 8:05 9:30 Daily
FD 2001 U-Tapao Udon 7:10 8:20 Daily
FD 2002 Udon U-Tapao 8:50 10:00 Daily
FD 103 U-Tapao Chiang Mai 17:10 18:35 Daily
FD 104 Chiang Mai U-Tapao 19:40 21:00 Daily
FD 161 U-Tapao Hat Yai 18:35 19:45 Daily
FD 162 Hat Yai U-Tapao 20:15 21:25 Daily

Kan Air100/519 Kamphaeng Phet 6 Soi 5 Yaek 4, Chaeng-Wattana Rd., Thungsonghong, Laksi, Bangkok 10210. Tel: (2) 551-6111, Email.

Kan Air Fight From To Dep. Arr. Note
K8 8527 Chiang Mai U-Tapao 17:00 19:00 Mon, Thu, Sat
K8 8528 U-Tapao Chiang Mai 19:30 21:30 Mon, Thu, Sat
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