Siam Seaplane, in collaboration with various government and private sector agencies, is set to introduce seaplane services in Phuket and surrounding provinces within 2024.

The endeavour aims to transform Thailand’s tourism landscape and enhance accessibility to its stunning marine and waterfront destinations.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) and Aeronautical Radio of Thailand (AEROTHAI) jointly organised a 3-day workshop titled “First Seaplane Operations Toward Thailand’s Aviation Hub”. The workshop, which took place from 8-10 May 2024, fostered integration and collaboration among public and private sector entities to spearhead seaplane operations in Thailand.

Notable public sector attendees include representatives from the Ministry of Transport, CAAT, AEROTHAI, Marine Department, Department of Local Administration, the Royal Thai Navy, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Marine Police Division, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Joint Public and Private Committee for Economic Development and Problem Resolution of Phuket Province, National Maritime Security Coordination Center, National Institute of Emergency Medicine, Search and Rescue Coordination Office, Krabi Provincial Office, Phuket Provincial Office, Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning, and the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning.

Siam Seaplane has been leading seaplane developments in Thailand since its inception in 2019, and has been working closely with relevant authorities and commercial partners, primarily luxury resorts, destination management companies, and marinas, with the goal of introducing the first-of-its-kind premium amphibious seaplane service in Thailand.

A paramount part of such a new service is a relentless focus on international best practices, safety and sustainability, including both having virtually no negative environmental impact and future-proof technologies such as fully electric aircraft in the years to come.

For its initial sites in Phuket and Phang Nga provinces, Siam Seaplane is championing several water landing and take-off sites, which are thoroughly assessed for technical, operational and commercial feasibility. As the first Phuket water landing and take off site, Siam Seaplane works with Ao Po Pier, which served as the embarkation point for countless voyages and stands as a testament to Phuket’s maritime heritage.

Over the years, it has evolved into a modern facility equipped to accommodate diverse vessels, offering travellers a seamless experience amidst picturesque surroundings. Recognising Ao Po Pier’s strategic significance, Siam Seaplane has chosen it as the initial and main site for its pioneering seaplane operations in Phuket province. This initiative is poised to redefine luxury tourism in Phuket, catering to discerning travelers seeking exclusive and immersive experiences.

Phuket and Phang Nga boast a number of premium and luxury resorts, some of which Siam Seaplane has closely partnered with and for some of whom future water landing and take-off sites will be introduced as well. This includes, but not limited to, Amanpuri, InterContinental Phuket Resort, ÀNI Private Resort on Koh Yao Noi, Paradise Koh Yao Noi Resort, Santhiya Koh Yao Yai, Racha Island Resort, Iniala Beach House, Kata Rocks, La Vela, La Flora, Santhiya Khao Lak.Subscribe to the FINN weekly newsletter

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