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Confirmed: Phuket airport to open

Confirmed: Phuket airport to open

PHUKET: Phuket International Airport will reopen at midnight tonight following an order issued today by Dr Chula Sukmanop, Director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).


By The Phuket News

Friday 12 June 2020, 04:29PM


Phuket International Airport will reopen at midnight tonight (00:01am, June 13). Image: AoT Phuket)

Phuket International Airport will reopen at midnight tonight (00:01am, June 13). Image: AoT Phuket)

The news broke this afternoon as the order was posted by the PhuketAnti-COVID19 Facebook page, the official Facebook account for the Phuket Provincial Government to disseminate information regarding the COVID-19 situation in its capacity as an office of the Ministry of Interior.

CAAT followed soon after with its own announcement.

According to the order, Phuket airport will be allowed to reopen from 00:01 June 13.

The order allows Phuket airport to reopen to receive domestic flights as long as the health guidelines already set out by CAAT are followed.

While Phuket airport will be allowed to operate domestic flights after midnight tonight, the ban on all inbound international passenger flights from entering Thailand remains in effect until June 30.

Phuket International Airport General Manager Thanee Chuangchoo confirmed to The Phuket News this afternoon, “Phuket International Airport will reopen after midnight, which technically means on June 13.

“I am surprised about the CAAT notice today. Finally we can reopen. We are ready. We have had to wait a long time for this,” Mr Thanee said with a happy voice.

"I am not sure which airlines will provide flights at the airport tomorrow because they had planned to fly on June 16,” Mr Thanee added.

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“But if they can find an airplane, pilot and book a flight slot, they can do it because the airport will be open.” he said.

“Next, we will talk more about the details about reopening this evening,” he added.

“Passengers and airlines will need to follow safety conditions, including all travellers will have to register their travel through the airport with the AOT Airports application,” Mr Thanee said. 

The CAAT order issued today simply added Phuket International Airport to the list of airports in Thailand already allowed to operate limited domestic flights and specially authorised international flights, namely flights organised by embassies to repatriate tourists stranded in Thailand. Of note, Phuket airport has been operating specially authorised flights to fly stranded tourists home all throughout the lockdown.

Currently, the airports that are allowed to operate domestic flights only are as listed as: Khon Kaen, Chumphon, Tak, Trat Trang, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Nan, Narathiwat, Buri Ram, Pai, Phitsanulok, Phetchabun, Phrae, Mae Sot, Mae Hong Son, Ranong, Roi Et, Loei Lampang, Sakon Nakhon, Sukhothai, Udon Thani and Ubon Ratchathani.

Airports that are allowed to operate domestic flights and specially authorised international flights are now listed as Phuket International Airport, Krabi International Airport, Chiang Mai International Airport, Mae Fah Luang - Chiang Rai International Airport,  Samui International Airport, Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Don Mueang International Airport, Surat Thani International Airport, Hat Yai International Airport , Hua Hin Airport and U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport.

 

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Nekar09 | 13 June 2020 - 20:00:29

DeKaasKopp, she went to light the candles..Now she is drinking a large bottle of anise!

Sam85 | 13 June 2020 - 00:33:50

DeKaasKopp!  the airport has been opened, I need a ticket to return to business class... 

ThorFinger | 12 June 2020 - 20:56:24

It's only domestic and really it should have happened a month ago. People have been travelling in and out in other methods that are more confined and remember, coronavirus is not transmitted IN the air, it is water droplets from a dry cough carried THROUGH the air.
At least commonsense has finally prevailed.

maverick | 12 June 2020 - 19:48:13

Well planned - if you can find a plane and a pilot and a few passengers you can fly tomorrow - you couldn’t make this stuff up.

jamesphuket | 12 June 2020 - 19:20:29

Oh no.
Keep it quiet and then I will have a continued excuse to stay here and not go back to England yet!

Paddy | 12 June 2020 - 16:38:25

Great news.

 

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