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Phuket airport inspected for readiness to reopen

Phuket airport inspected for readiness to reopen

PHUKET: Dr Suwit Thammapalo, Chief of the Ministry of Public Health’s International Quarantine Division, conducted an inspection of Phuket International Airport yesterday (June 9) for its readiness to reopen.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 10 June 2020, 09:53AM

Present to lead Dr Suwit on the tour of the facility was Phuket International Airport Deputy Director Wichit Kaewsaithiam, who showed Dr Suwit the equipment, staff and processes in place ready to allow passengers to arrive and depart Phuket via the airport.

Dr Suwit’s tour included an inspection of the Immigration arrivals hall, the check-in counters, baggage claim area and boarding gates.

Airport staff were given another live test last night as 78 people were reported borading Aurora Airlines Flight SHU5495, flying Phuket-Shanghai-Russia, at 9pm.

Aurora, a Russian Far East air carrier, is a subsidiary of Russian national flag-carrier Aeroflot. The airline reported 75 passengers taking the flight home.

The flight was organised by Russian embassy representatives as part of their ongoing campaign to repatriate Russian nationals stranded while the current international flight ban remains in effect until at least June 30.

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As passengers made their way to the flight, they passed staff at the airport holding up cards spelling out “До скорой встречи”, Russian for “See you soon”.

Much expectation is pinned on Phuket airport reopening to domestic flights to help restart the island’s economy amid the economic fallout from the travel restrictions imposed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Airports of Thailand management team at Phuket airport (AoT Phuket) last week announced that they were 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 that they did not expect the airport to resume any regular operations before next Wednesday (June 16) as the current order by the Civil Aviation authority of Thailand (CAAT) to stop operations at Phuket airport is set to expire at 23:59pm on June 15, “unless otherwise ordered”.

Meanwhile, the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) in Bangkok, the national authority overseeing all policy changes regarding COVID-19, has already announced that it expects to announce Phase 4 of the relaxation of the COVID-19 restrictions this Friday (June 12).

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Rorri_2 | 14 June 2020 - 10:15:21

Dave_C, That is interesting, as Australian borders are still closed, to general aviation, so I would NOT be booking with Air Asia... buyer beware.

Kurt | 14 June 2020 - 09:41:28

@ Leif & Dave_C,  I just red in BP that Thai Government thinks to continue to block incoming commercial flights from abroad until in October. It seems difficult for airlines to set granted booking tables. Guess we do no bookings until Thai Government declares international fights to/from Thailand can start to take place.

Dave_C | 14 June 2020 - 08:39:23

For what it's worth, Air Asia were taking bookings from Australia to Phuket from 2nd July last Friday 12th. 
Now (Sun 14th) bookings are only only being taken from 2nd Aug. 
Sounds like July 1 international start up now in doubt.

Hermann1 | 13 June 2020 - 17:52:12

@Allen   And Sir, Kurt commented on a article by invitation. What are your thoughts about the 'inspections'.Do not derail  with 'unhappy living here' .

Leif | 13 June 2020 - 14:56:25

I just got my international flight with Turkish Airways canceled July 2 and it seems like Turkish has canceld all international flights from Phuket in July. Is international flights not allowed in July from Phuket? Or is it Turkish that cancels international flights from Phuket?

Kurt | 13 June 2020 - 09:48:40

@Allen Jakovich, Sir, my comment was about the use of inspecting a dead airport, instead of one that is operational. Many 'inspections' on Phuket are done during times/moments  that all 'looks' fine, and nobody loose face because something is not right operational wise spoken.

Allen Jakovich | 12 June 2020 - 16:11:11

Kurt, you need to lighten up. Everyday you are just putting Thai police, government and other officials, down. I think you are in a habit of negativity. And no this is not your wife.., just an exasperated reader who wonders why someone who is obviously unhappy living here, continues to live here.

johannesweber | 12 June 2020 - 05:34:22

They need to open airport for International departures to Europe so we can return to our homes on July 1st otherwise lot us so called tourist will not return ever

Kurt | 10 June 2020 - 10:51:20

Pity that Dr Suwit was not able to inspect/witness live test of the departing 78 russians, departing with flight SHU5495. Inspecting a dead airport gives not any right inspection info/impression.


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