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Hopes riding high for Phuket airport to reopen mid-June

Hopes riding high for Phuket airport to reopen mid-June

PHUKET: Phuket officials are readying for Phuket International Airport to reopen mid-June, following a provincial order issued on Sunday night that opened interprovincial travel into and out of Phuket, and for hotels and all tourism-related businesses to resume operations.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 2 June 2020, 04:11PM

The notice posted by AoT Phuket yesterday (June 1). Image: AoT Phuket

The notice posted by AoT Phuket yesterday (June 1). Image: AoT Phuket

The Phuket office of the Public Relations Department of Thailand (PR Phuket) this morning reported that Phuket airport will reopen on June 15, and boasted that Phuket is ready for arrivals with its control measures that have successfully countered the spread of COVID-19.

PR Phuket announced that all people passing through Phuket airport are to follow the same requirements as announced ahead of the planned May 16 re-opening, which fell through just hours before the airport was to reopen.

The announcement by PR Phuket this morning follows the Airports of Thailand management team at Phuket airport (AoT Phuket) yesterday announcing that they are ready to receive passengers under Phase 3 of the nationwide relaxation of the COVID-19 lockdown measures.

However, AoT Phuket made it plain in their announcement yesterday that they did not expect the airport to resume any operations until June 16.

AoT Phuket explained yesterday that no domestic flights were permitted to operate at Phuket airport under an order by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) which came into effect at 10:15pm on May 29 and which is currently set to expire at 23:59pm on June 15, “unless otherwise ordered”.

The notice yesterday also pointed out that any persons travelling via the airport are to register details of their intended travel through the PhuketSmartCheck-In app and be issued their own personalised QR code to show airport staff and officials.

The notice made no mention of any Fit to Travel permit or any self-quarantine requirements.

The notice also made no mention that under another order by the CAAT all inbound international commercial passenger flights into Thailand remain banned until at least June 30.

Called today and asked about the airport reopening, Phuket International Airport General Manager Thanee Chuangchoo declined to comment.

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Rungrote Thakurapunyasiri explained yesterday that no self-quarantine requirements applied to any persons entering Phuket, except for the eight risk provinces – Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Narathiwat, Yala, Krabi, Prachinburi, Samut Prakan and Chiang Mai – as announced by Phuket Governor Phakahong Tavipatana last Friday (May 29).

Also in line with Maj Gen Rungrote’s explanation yesterday, the AoT Phuket notice explained that people visiting Phuket for travel or business will see their registration remain valid for seven days, while people coming to Phuket to work and even Phuket residents returning home will both see their registrations remain valid for 30 days.

However, Maj Gen Rungrote yesterday stressed that there will be no fine or legal action for a person’s registration expiring while they are still in Phuket. 

“If their QR Code expires, they must re-register again – but there is no need to leave Phuket because of this, and they will not be charged with breaking any law or be forced to pay a fine. They just need to re-register for local officials’ health records,” he said

Meanwhile, PR Phuket today reminded people looking to travel via the airport to allow an extra one to two hours to their planned travel time to account for any delays.

The PR Phuket notice also reminded people that the Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) urges people to observe the ‘new normal’ health regulations.

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Rorri_2 | 05 June 2020 - 11:26:18

Dek, how about arguing against my comment, or do you find that too hard, to counter facts. Come on, let us hear a counter debate. Nah, I guess I'm asking far too much.

GerryT81 | 05 June 2020 - 09:20:50

<fighting,crapping and peeing> Sounds more like a description of an average drunk bar tourist from certain countries .

DeKaaskopp | 04 June 2020 - 22:38:52

"..he does it for argue.." and this from R2. Lol !   Btw, I agree with Jor12 and Porites  responses to Sam's comment. What I do not understand why Sam85 mentioned dogs on an article like this.Weird !

Rorri_2 | 04 June 2020 - 16:14:14

Sam85, best to ingorne most of what Jor12 says, he does it to argue, he forgets about dogs biting, fighting, crapping and peeing and being carriers of rabies etc. Best not feed the troll, too often.

Kurt | 04 June 2020 - 12:39:20

What to 'ready' for re-opening? Everything was already readied for the 'first' opening on 16 May.

Sam85 | 03 June 2020 - 15:50:08

Jor12 in civilized countries where dogs are truly loved, abandoned dogs are collected, kept and cared for in appropriate facilities and subsequently adopted and loved by responsible people... 

Sam85 | 03 June 2020 - 15:28:35

Jor12 I declare I love all animals but if you think this way then start cleaning the streets!  Or run between hills and woods!  First of all dogs are abandoned by irresponsible and negligent people.  Those who truly love dogs do not abandon them to themselves ...
PLEASE NOTE : This is my personal thought!!

Porites | 03 June 2020 - 14:01:03

FYI @Kurt there are multiple international leaving Bangkok each day. 
And @Sam85 please enlighten us from which civilized country you are from? I am quite curious. I don't think you have the slightest idea how much efforts were put in the last 15 years from local organization and expats to keep the dog population under control. That shows how little you know about Phuket. 

Kurt | 03 June 2020 - 09:51:24

Nice for many workers that Phuket airports opens 15 June. But from where the 'High riding Hopes' as there are no international flights in and out of all thai airports until 01 July? And what for to fly domestic to Phuket? There is nothing to do for tourists. Guess domestic arrivals go straight to Phang Nga where accommodations are available with great offers and beaches open.

Jor12 | 03 June 2020 - 09:27:22

What's the problem with dogs? This is Buddhist nation where dogs are regarded in Buddhist thought as sentient beings, so what nations do you regard as "civilised" Those that kill fellow human beings in the name of "justice."

ericphuket | 03 June 2020 - 08:57:25

Its again not clear everyone has his explanation, make it simple,comming from bkk quarantine or not???If yes better keep the island with a close airport. What are these officials useless people. 

Sam85 | 02 June 2020 - 21:51:13

The beaches and streets of Phuket are invaded by herds of large stray dogs that dirty everywhere and sometimes scare people, we wonder if the governors of Phuket intend to solve this problem in order to make the environment cleaner and more pleasant as in all the  civilized countries of the world

lovingPhuket | 02 June 2020 - 21:11:07

Simple question:
If we fly to Bangkok when the airport opens can we simply get off the plane and go to work? Or do we require to quarantine?
Please give a simple answer to this simple question.

ThorFinger | 02 June 2020 - 20:57:02

So let me get this: 
Domestic flights June 15 
International flights July 15?
So people can fly to Bangkok and catch a connecting flight to Phuket. 
Why not direct???
Once again, this doesn't make sense. The only use of domestic flights for Thai will be OUT to Bankok, when what we need is international coming IN.


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