The construction project has expected to be finished in about 3 years. The construction will be started in 2016 and available to use in 2018. Hopefully, this project will be able to stimulate the economy in the southern of Thailand including business investment, tourisms and Air transportation ability.
Moreover, this Batong Airport is one of the aviation strategies for International in order to support upcoming ASEAN Economic Community or AEC. This project will be operated by Airports of Thailand PLC.
The total budget for this construction project is 1,900 million Baht, separated into 310 million baht for year 2016, 690 million baht for year 2017 and 900 million baht for year 2018.
Betong Airport will have terminal building with the capacity of 300 thousand people per year and 1,800 meters width of runway. Betong Airport is built on the area of approximately 900 Rais or about 360 Acres and located 12 km. far from the town of Betong District in Yala province.
Betong Airport is a planned new airport construction project to be undertaken by the Thai government. The new airport will serve Yala Province and is being built in anticipation of the boost in visitors to regional centres in Thailand after the ASEAN Economic Community is established in 2015. Thailand's Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has purchased 1,472,000sqm of land to develop the new site. The DCA plans to allocate THB1.2 billion (USD40 million) in its 2015 budget for the project. The airport will reportedly feature a 1800m runway.
Betong City : Betong is the most southern district of Thailand. 115 km. far from Yala Province. Having been well-organized and progressed as same as Yala District, Betong has many facilities for tourists such as hotels, restaurants, shopping center and the road directly linked to Perak State of Malaysia. Surrounded with mountain range , Betong City is pretty cool and able to plant many kinds of flower all year, which becomes the name of Betong as "A beautiful flower city in the mist ".
One of Betong's attractions is that being destination of the long-distanced migrant of nearly 10,000 swallows in September – March. That's why swallow is become the symbol of city.