UK-based Farnborough International recently
concluded a feasibility study into Thailand hosting an
International Airshow at U-Tapao Rayong Pattaya International
In addition to the study, key stakeholders from
Farnborough International Airshow in England last year, as
well as this year's Bahrain International Airshow and Paris Air
Show, to get a better understanding of how the shows operate.
Mrs. Nichapa Yoswee, Thailand's Convention and
Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) Senior Vice President - Business said
"The study is now complete, covering the global overview, regional
market potential, industry feedback, competitive landscape,
Thailand's EEC development and the government's Thailand 4.0
initiative. It also offers recommendations for Thailand to stage
the event and economic impacts."
In 2018, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang
International Airports handled a total of 634,011 flights, up
5.79% and handled a total of 103,378,371 passengers, up 7.39%.
IATA has listed Thailand among the top ten countries with the
highest air traffic volume in the next 20 years.
Thailand also plays a very important role in the
regional MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) market, with
annual growth reported at around 11.8% per annum.
To keep up with demand, the Thai government
plans to upgrade U-Tapao Rayong Pattaya International Airport to
establish it as the third main international airport in Thailand.
There are also plans for the airport to eventually be served by high speed trains linking U-Tapao to Don Muaeng
and Suvarnabhumi Airports. This is currently scheduled to be
completed by 2023.
"Aviation is one of the priority sectors behind
the country's Aerotropolis initiative and MRO hub and it
corresponds with the expansion of U-Tapao Rayong Pattaya
International Airport in the EEC (Eastern Economic Corridor)," Mrs. Nichapa added.
International airshows normally take place on a
bi-annual basis. In addition to some very important airshows in
China, the Singapore Airshow, which next takes place in 2020, is
widely regarded as the largest and most important airshow in the
region. Malaysia also hosts the Langkawi International Maritime &
Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) which is another important event.