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Arrival, departure slots: Use them or lose them, Phuket airport chief warns airlines

Arrival, departure slots: Use them or lose them, Phuket airport chief warns airlines

PHUKET: Airlines have been warned to make use of their dedicated arrival and departure slots at Phuket International Airport or face have them reallocated to potential competitors.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 11 October 2019, 04:31PM


Phuket International Airport General Manager Thanee Chuangchoo announced the news earlier this week. Photo: PR Dept

Phuket International Airport General Manager Thanee Chuangchoo announced the news earlier this week. Photo: PR Dept

Phuket International Airport General Manager Thanee Chuangchoo announced the news earlier this week during an event held to mark the 31st anniversary of AoT, and its precursor Airports Authority of Thailand, operating Phuket Airport. (See story here.)

Mr Thanee explained that Transport Minister Thaworn Senneam had ordered the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) and Airports of Thailand (AoT) to review the dedicated arrival-departure slots at all airports to make room for new airlines.

Mr Taworn conducted an inspection of Phuket Airport late last month, during which he noted that among the problems that needed to address was that “Phuket Airport needs to increase the frequency of hourly flights to accommodate the increase in the number of flights and tourists”.

“Slots where operators are no longer operating flights will be reclaimed, and those airlines will be subjected to penalties as well,” Mr Thanee announced earlier this week, reported ManagerOnline. (See story here.).

Mr Thanee pointed out that many operators were no longer using their dedicated arrival-departure slots. As an example, he explained that one airline had discontinued flights after the Phoenix tour boat disaster last year, that killed 37 Chinese tourists.

“They stopped operating flights here and did not file for cancellation of their dedicated slot,” he said.

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Airlines that have ceased using their dedicated slots but wanted to keep them for future flights could file a request with the CAAT, Mr Thanee explained.

Reclaiming unused slots will be beneficial for the island’s tourism industry and economy by making room for new airlines to start flights to Phuket, he added.

Airlines from India, Siberia and Europe that have already filed requests for arrival-departure slots will be considered and allocated slots where possible, he said.

Mr Thanee pointed out that time was running for the slots to be allocated.

“From Oct 27, Phuket airport will start operating according to its tourism high season schedule, and we we are looking to help bring more tourists to Phuket,” he said.

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Kurt | 15 October 2019 - 14:01:52

Are slots not more about arrival/departure/refueling times?  Are both, Bay and Platform parking falling under 'slots'?

megamind | 14 October 2019 - 19:48:41

Dont worry.. even having slots Thaiarway in BKK use the bus to transfer the passengers to the hub.. It is a question of money: slots are expensive and the customers are less

Kurt | 11 October 2019 - 18:10:49

Phuket airport manager don't have to worry. Many slots will remain availabe due to lesser flights to Phuket. Potential tourists read/red about the Phuket water crisis/coming water disaster. They fly other welcoming asian destinations. A holiday suppose to be a fine 100% holiday. Been window shopping in both Phuket Centrals. In Singapore are the same branded goods cheaper than on Phuket. 

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