Samui International Airport

Airport typePrivate
Owner/OperatorBangkok Airways
ServesKo Samui
LocationBo Phut, Ko Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand
Opened25 April 1989; 34 years ago (1989-04-25)
Operating base forBangkok Airways
Elevation AMSL64 ft / 20 m
Coordinates09°32′52″N 100°03′44″E / 9.54778°N 100.06222°E / 9.54778; 100.06222
USM is located in Thailand
Location of airport in Thailand
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 6,890 2,100 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Aircraft movements19,467
Total passengers2,051,289

Samui International Airport[a] (IATA: USM, ICAO: VTSM), also known as Ko Samui Airport or Koh Samui Airport, is a privately owned international airport on the island of Ko Samui (Koh Samui) in Thailand. It is located in the island’s Bo Phut subdistrict. The airport is roughly 2 km north of the main city and largest resort centre on the island, Chaweng. It was built by Bangkok Airways. Construction began in 1982 and the airport was officially opened in April 1989.[1]


Samui Airport has a unique, open-air design with the indoor areas being the gift shop, ticket office, toilets, and VIP lounge area. It is also the country's seventh busiest airport, handling more than a million passengers annually. The airport has terminals (domestic and international), plus a building for check-in and baggage claim. The international terminal is about 50 metres north of the domestic terminal. Samui Airport is near the Big Buddha Pier where ferries depart to Ko Pha-ngan. High speed ferries to Ko Tao and Chumphon depart from the Maenam Beach Pier, approximately 6 km northwest of the airport.

Airlines and destinations

Since the airport is privately owned by Bangkok Airways, it has a near-monopoly on flights.[2] Between 2008 and 2018, Thai Airways also operated two daily flights from Bangkok.[2]

Bangkok Airways Bangkok–Don Mueang,[3] Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Chengdu–Tianfu,[4] Chiang Mai, Chongqing, Hong Kong,[5] Krabi, Pattaya, Phuket, Singapore[6]
Chengdu Airlines Chengdu–Tianfu[7]
Scoot Singapore (begins 13 May 2024)[8]


Year Flights Arriving Passengers Departing Passengers Total passengers
2005[9] 15,818 584,023 621,313 1,205,336
2006[10] 18,762 689,063 711,196 1,400,259
2007[11] 15,783 577,600 611,554 1,189,154
2008[12] 17,707 673,851 691,283 1,365,439
2015[13] 1,024,373
2019 14,325 1,208,882
Source: Thailand's Department of Civil Aviation & C9 Hotel Works

Accidents and incidents


  1. ^ Thai: ท่าอากาศยานสมุย


  1. ^ "Thai Airways to end Bkk-Samui flights". The Nation. Bangkok. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
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  3. ^ "Bangkok Airways Adds Bangkok Don Mueang Service in NW23". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 17 July 2023.
  4. ^ "Chengdu Tianfu NS23 International Network – 21MAR23". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 21 March 2023.
  5. ^ "Bangkok Airways Resumes Koh Samui – Hong Kong Service From July 2023". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 12 May 2023.
  6. ^ Megha Paul (26 July 2021). "Bangkok Airways to resume first international flight on Samui – Singapore route from 1 Aug". Travel Daily.
  7. ^ "Mainland Chinese Carriers NS23 International / Regional Network – 23APR23". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 24 April 2023.
  8. ^ Tay Peck Gek (5 March 2024). "Scoot adds Koh Samui and Sibu to network with new Embraer planes". The Business Times. SPH Media Limited.
  9. ^ "Samui Airport 2005 Statistics". Thai Department of Civil Aviation. Archived from the original on 5 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Samui Airport 2006 Statistics". Thai Department of Civil Aviation. Archived from the original on 5 June 2012.
  11. ^ "Samui Airport 2007 Statistics". Thai Department of Civil Aviation. Archived from the original on 5 June 2012.
  12. ^ "Samui Airport 2008 Statistics" (PDF). Thai Department of Civil Aviation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2011.
  13. ^ "Samui Airport 2015 Statistics" (PDF). C9 Hotel Works.
  14. ^ "ACCIDENT DETAILS". Plane Crash Info. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  15. ^ Accident description for HS-SKI at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 2017-11-03.
  16. ^ "Fatalities reported as Bangkok Airways ATR 72–500 skids off runway". Flight Global. Retrieved 4 August 2009.