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Posted: 28 May 2012 | 6:00 am
Arrivals at Phuket International Airport (PIA) for the first four months of 2012 are up 11% over the same period last year.
In terms of segmentation, international arrivals have increased 13%, while the domestic sector ranked in at 7%.
Total passenger traffic for the period (arrivals and departures) stood at 3,486,000 compared to 3,151,665 in 2011.
For total arrivals the absolute number for January through April was 1,699,307.
Looking at a fearless forecast the full year figures for total passengers could very well top 10 million with arrivals breaching a new record of 5 million.
As for the start of construction on the airport expansion, very little site work is on display at the moment.
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While John Hardy and his Ubud Green School and Green Village have been at the groundswell of sustainable building materials, the area has sprouted other pioneering initiatives.
While we hope for the best that Phuket's new airport expansion will have some green focus, it's encouraging to view Singapore's Changi as setting a global standard.
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