Officials confirmed that the shuttle bus service will transport travellers from the car park to the Domestic Terminal while Phase 1 of the domestic terminal renovation is in progress.
An airport representative who declined to be named said, “People who park their cars in the car park can get to the Domestic Terminal by taking the shuttle bus that we provide. The bus leaves every five minutes all day long. They start running when the first flight arrives and the last bus will be after the last flight lands,” he said.
The representative advised against travellers walking between the two terminals. “They can but it is not recommended, it is better to take the shuttle bus provided,” he said.
In response to reports that taxi drivers will not take passengers from one terminal to the other, the representative told The Phuket News, “We have no knowledge of this, but most taxi drivers should know where they need to drop off their passengers.”
The representative was also asked whether it was correct that some regular flights are being moved to the X-Terminal, he said that is not correct.
“There are no flights at the X-Terminal. The X-Terminal has not been in use since the opening of the International Terminal,” he said.
“The X-Terminal was previously used for charter flights, but since the International Terminal opened we have stopped using it.
“Right now there are only two terminals in use, the domestic and international terminals,” he added.
The X-Terminal, built at a cost of B151 million, opened only two years ago with a capability of clearing 1,000 passengers an hour. (See story here.)
With regards to a report that their was a water leak in the International Terminal last week, the representative said there was a leak but that it was fixed shortly after and that details were being collected so that an insurance claim could be made.
“The pipe burst because the job the contractor did was not up to standard, but it is now rectified. The incident had no affect on flights,” the representative said.