Established in 1921 as Suthep Airport, Chiang Mai International Airport is a joint public and military airport that serves Chiang Mai, the capital city of Chiang Mai Province, and Lamphun in Thailand. It is owned by the Royal Thai Air Force and operated by Airports of Thailand PLC. It serves as a hub for Kan Air, Nok Air, and Thai AirAsia. The airport is a major gateway to the north of Thailand and is its fourth busiest airport at present. In 2014, it served 6,630,624 passengers and had 52,642 aircraft operations. It resides at an elevation of 1,036 ft / 316 m above mean sea level and has one asphalt runway, directed 18/36, with a length of 10,171 ft / 3,100 m.
Chiang Mai International Airport has two terminals, one each for international and domestic services. Each terminal has two levels.
Services and Facilities
Chiang Mai International Airport is served by numerous airlines that fly to several destinations within Thailand and abroad. Some of them are Air Asia, Air China, Bangkok Airways, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hong Kong Express Airways, Juneyao Airlines, Kan Air, Korean Air, Shandong Airlines, Spring Airlines, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways, Thai Lion Air, Thai Smile, Tigerair, and Tigerair Taiwan, among others.
Chiang Mai International Airport ensures that travellers and guests will have a pleasant, convenient, and hassle-free experience, with fully equipped facilities and highly trained personnel to accommodate the needs of the passengers. The airport’s facilities and services include car rental desks, currency exchange and travel insurance services, duty-free shop (King Power Duty Free – for departing passengers only), hotel reservation services, information counter, left baggage services, limousine counter, lost and found, medical services, merchandise shop, post and telecommunications office, restaurants, tour services, transit and transfer services, convenience stores, trolley collection point, meeting point, customs, and immigration. The airport also provides free Wi-Fi services (valid for two hours per day) upon registration.
Don’t worry about being hungry or thirsty at the airport as there are many food places here, including restaurants, fast food joints (Burger King and McDonalds), coffee shops (Blackcanyon Coffee, Caffé Ritazza, and 94 coffee - Domestic), bakery, and ice cream place (Dairy Queen). There are shops here as well, where you can buy travel necessities, souvenirs, gift items, or just about anything.
Being famous around the world for its top-notch services when it comes to relaxation and well-being, it’s no surprise that there are spa services offered at the airport, which you can find at the international terminal, one each for the arrivals and departure area.
Within Chiang Mai International Airport, passengers who have no prior hotel bookings need to worry because they can make reservations at nearby hotels before leaving the airport. Although keep in mind that room availability is still subject to change. These hotels provide comfortable accommodations that suit your budget: Muanjai Natural Resort, Runway Station Resort Hotel, VC@SUANPAAK Hotel & Serviced Apartment, Wiangchomphu Hotel, Noble Place Hotel, B2 Premier Chiang Mai Resort & Spa Hotel, M1 Chiang Mai Boutique Guesthouse Hotel, Baan U Sabai Boutique House Hotel, TL Residence Hotel, and The Xym Hotel.