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Phuket Airport launches inter-terminal shuttle to alleviate delays

PHUKET: Officials at Phuket International Airport today (Nov 8) confirmed they are now operating a shuttle bus service from the facility’s car park in front of the new International Terminal to the Domestic Terminal.

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Tuesday 8 November 2016, 05:32PM

The inter-terminal shuttle at Phuket Airport departs every five minutes from in front of the car park in front of the new International Terminal, the official said. Photo: Royal Thai Navy
The inter-terminal shuttle at Phuket Airport departs every five minutes from in front of the car park in front of the new International Terminal, the official said. Photo: Royal Thai Navy

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.

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“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.



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Kurt | 10 November 2016 - 15:48:23

Eric dekegel: A good piece of writing about Phuket Police and transport mafia corruption. 
It is Phuket genetic!
Don't forget:, there are police sergeants and sub lieutenants driving taxis and family Van's in their free time.
It is even mentioned on their car ID! ( to save them from being fined).
Of course they don't get fined.

Phuket Airport is a shame full place this moment.
Mafia is brutal ruling the airport, never thought it would get that far.
Were are the Phuket Governor and the Provincial Hall Ombudsman?
Sure they receive complains.
Are they waiting for Bangkok ( Prime Minister) to give Phuket airport a cleaning up sweep?

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eric dekegel | 10 November 2016 - 14:17:50

Sorry but a little understanding from police in front of the airport due to the mess at domestic terminal should be welcomed, they forget that the arriving tourists pay a part of there salary. Today we had to pick up guests on tg205 delay more then 20 min and I dropped my wife at the arrival and drove outside waiting for hen phone call. There where 2 policeman with extremely very bad attitude waiting the cars just outside the airport near the gasoline depot, we all where waiting there as the parkings are full, the new one and the improvised one.So where to wait ?In Phanga maybe? They took from some of us the driver licence and fined us 500 baht but only the cars, the vans where not concerned but waiting at the same place,probably we can all think why they not get fined. When I went to pay at the police box I mentioned and showed them that if they fine the cars they have to fine the vans.
1 Honda jazz was even parked in front of the army tent near the international entrance.I also showed them that,of course they kept stupid that they where not understanding, it was then over 12 noon and probably time for lunch and to warm to get out and fine the others, even some of the van drivers where chatting with them.If the AOT can not provide enough parking space then they should go to deal with the police outside, I said to the police men that it was easy and safe money to take, he was so smart and said I not take, I not said also that he took. If I have a robery in my house I am sure they will not be that active. After paying them the 500 baht one of them came out of the box and burned documents from fine, I not have to explain why I guess. So after this discussion without action I parked in the nearby street and made pictures from all the vans and cars who where parked as good as in front of the policebox and where not find. If the newspaper wants them I am happy to mail them. The police men was very proud of course to fine a farang you can imagine but I have no problem to pay a fine if all others are also fined. The police is just looking for farangs,people they don't know and protect without fine fex the van drivers whos bosses will probably send some sweets at months end to park there vans.
Phuket where are we going? I not think in the correct direction with such people!The problem at the domestic is still a chaos and the understanding to pick up is zero!

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