A Passenger’s Guide to Krabi International Airport (Thailand)

Krabi International Airport is a gateway to such Thai beach resorts as Had Yao, Ao Nang, Rai Leh, Phi Phi Island, and Koh Lanta. The airport is served by both domestic and foreign air carriers, with flights to other Thai cities and travel destinations in nearby countries.

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Entrance to the passenger terminal of Krabi International Airport in Krabi, Thailand. Photo Credit: Paolobon140.

Krabi International Airport (KBV) serves the island of Krabi in Southern Thailand. The airport is located about seven kilometres (four miles) east of downtown Krabi.

With a population of nearly 53,000 people, Krabi is the provincial capital of Krabi province, which is an important tourist destination.

With both beaches and national parks, Krabi attracts sun worshipers and beachcombers as well as adventure seekers, bird-watchers, scuba-divers, snorkelers, yachtsmen – the list goes on.

Krabi is home to two important eco-tourism sites: Hat Noppharart Thara – Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park and Ko Lanta National Park.

Airport Overview

Krabi International Airport has two terminals: international flights operate through Terminal 1; domestic flights operate through both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

The terminals were built to handle 3 million passengers a year, but the number of passengers using the airport has already passed the 4 million passenger mark.

The airport is being expanded to handle 5 million airline passengers a year.

Airlines and Route Information

Krabi International Airport is served by 19 scheduled domestic and foreign airlines, with flights mostly to domestic travel destinations and nearby travel destinations in the region.

Krabi International Airport is a hub for Thai AirAsia and New Gen Airways.

There are 21 flights a day between Krabi Airport and Bangkok’s two airports, including eight daily flights to Suvarnabhumi International Airport and 13 daily flights to Don Mueang International Airport.

International travel destinations include Doha, Qatar; Helsinki, Finland; Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore; and several cities in China.

AirAsia flies three times a day from Krabi International Airport to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Thai AirAsia and Tiger Airways both fly once a day from Krabi Airport to Singapore.

Several Chinese airlines fly once a day to there following cities in China: Changsha, Jinan, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xi’an, and Zhengzhou.

There are two daily flights on various Chinese airlines from Krabi to Guangzhou and three daily flights on various Chinese airlines from Krabi to Shanghai.

Passenger Services

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Interior of the passenger terminal at Krabi International Airport in Krabi, Thailand. Photo Credit: Kallerna.

Krabi International Airport has  several food and beverage outlets in both terminals as well as souvenir shops, a duty free shop, ATMs, and currency exchange counters.

Keep in mind that the exchange rates offered at exchange rate counters within airport terminals are generally not as good as those in town.

Airline passengers are therefore advised to change only as much cash at the airport as they will need to get to their hotel.

If you are traveling to an out-of-the-way travel destination in  Krabi province, however, you might want to play it safe and exchange money at the airport.

Ground Transportation

Private taxis, shared minibans, and car rentals are among the transportation options at Krabi International Airport.

Airport Location

Krabi International Airport is located about 15 kilometres from downtown Krabi, 27 kilometres from Ao Nang Beach, and 70 kilometres from Koh Lanta.

Krabi is 655 kilometres, or 407 miles, from Bangkok. The flight time is approximately one hour and 20 minutes.

This is the eighth in a series of passengers’ guides to the Airports of Thailand (AOT).

 

 

 

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