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Phuket airport ordered to remain closed – again

Phuket airport ordered to remain closed – again

PHUKET: The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) this afternoon (May 15) issued an order for Phuket International Airport to remain closed, waylaying its re-opening that was scheduled for midnight tonight.

By The Phuket News

Friday 15 May 2020, 03:16PM

Staff at Phuket International Airport mark out social distance separators earlier today (May 15). Photo: AoT Phuket

Staff at Phuket International Airport mark out social distance separators earlier today (May 15). Photo: AoT Phuket

The CAAT only yesterday issued a notice allowing Phuket airport to re-open to limited domestic flights at 00:01am (May 16).

However, CAAT Director Dr Chula Sukmanop said in the order issued today, “Although Phuket is able to effectively control and stop the spread of the COVID-19, the situation is still considered a risk that needs to be monitored continuously to ensure that measures stop the spread of the disease to other areas and prevent the disease from spreading again in the Phuket area.”

The order issued today gave no set date for when Phuket airport might next be considered for re-opening. Instead, the order marked that it was to remain in effect “until further notice”.

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Phuket airport has been closed since April 10*, with a ban on all flights except government and/or military aircraft; emergency landings; technical landing aircraft without passengers leaving the plane; aircraft providing humanitarian or medical aid; cargo aircraft; and any aircraft granted permission to repatriate foreigners to their home countries.

Meanwhile, the ban on all international passenger flights from entering Thailand also remains in effect until May 31.

* Correction: Phuket airport closed to domestic flights on April 10, not April 3 as originally reported. The ban on all inbound international passenger flights came into effect on April 3. Our apologies for any confusion caused.

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ematt | 19 May 2020 - 17:39:12

Lala, I certainly do NOT get my news from the "mainstream media". The only sources of information which I trust are you, Harald, and Kurt. And a few conspiracy web pages on Facebook....

LALALA | 17 May 2020 - 10:32:45

Harald....you are wasting your time...most of PN forum participants are already brainwashed by their respective governments and the mainstream media.....

harald | 16 May 2020 - 16:25:10

Sandbar seems to me it is the first time in your live you heard or read about flu is existing. let me tell you flu exist since a very long, long time and virus responsible for flu comes alone and goes alone year for year

Kurt | 16 May 2020 - 13:01:53

Bear in mind, international highly respected virologists expect winter 2020 ( starting November) to be the darkest winter ever as by than the 2nd wave Covid19 and 'normal' flu's expect to spike. Don't look out for a next Thai 'high season'. There will be none.

Kurt | 16 May 2020 - 12:53:50

Phuket's 'Opening' everything on the same day? Than limit arrival numbers at airport and the bridge. Open slowly. Make at bridge use of that 10 million by private sector donated sensor system, original only mend for departing people.  The same thai bureaucratic way used for departers ( if it works) should be used for any arrival on Phuket, by air, by boat, by road.

Kurt | 16 May 2020 - 12:40:22

PN, apologies of course accepted. After all, it is very difficult to keep up with all contradictive government orders. So many different departments. When they all put their noses united in the same direction? Well, as I wrote, opening airport while there is curfew, and hotels, bars, beaches are closed doesn't make sense. Opening? Open everything the same day!

harald | 16 May 2020 - 10:05:23

Little Tom Tucker yesterday a owner (thai) of a small hotel told me the same and he was using the word crime at the end :-D

agogohome | 16 May 2020 - 07:10:37

Zero new cases and zero deaths. Does someone know different and made the decision based on that 

Shwe | 16 May 2020 - 06:53:09

my wife needs to go to Bangkok for cancer treatment no available in Phuket, this treatment has already been delayed by 6 weeks, if she dies her death will be because of the incompetent fools running this country, She is in a wheel chair and cannot travel by road 

Sandbar | 16 May 2020 - 06:18:52

Its a sensible decision. I would rather see other areas open than the airport. You have to mitigate your risks, and to open the airport now has a risk of reintroducing a second wave of infection all over again it's too early. 

Don Emilio | 15 May 2020 - 18:06:23

Good luck getting people to come back to this bureaucratic nightmare once this debacle is over. The incompetence is hair raising. I just want to leave this prison island.

Little Tommy Tucker | 15 May 2020 - 17:56:50

Blithering idiots. 56 deaths but millions of livelihoods destroyed. But, one saving grace, there isn't a shortage of water in Phuket anymore. Sorry, change that. Competent officials all round. And I bet they can consume alcohol to say to themselves, 'drinks all round' for doing a sterling job of screwing the lives of millions.

JSombra | 15 May 2020 - 17:23:12

Massive public loss of face for governor, by the very group (Anutin & Bhumjaithai) he has been taking his cue's from. There goes his "mission accomplished" moment after all the extra measures he took. Even if they open it before he leaves, damage is now done.

Loose Bruce | 15 May 2020 - 16:45:17

Now you see it, oops, now you don't!! Chapter 31. Can't wait for next installment.

LALALA | 15 May 2020 - 16:41:35

Will passengers actually refunded when the booked tickets or they again will be lured in some airline specific credit account. For example Air Asia not refunds any flights to original payment method even if official announced previously... another nice scam in LOS ?

Dave_C | 15 May 2020 - 16:37:22


Paddy | 15 May 2020 - 15:53:25

No point in opening the airport until they open hotels and related tourism businesses. Change their mind every 10 minutes.

LALALA | 15 May 2020 - 15:42:15

Welcome in Lalaland...this country is a complete joke

Loose Bruce | 15 May 2020 - 15:37:36

This is better than Laurel and Hardy!!

Pascale | 15 May 2020 - 15:26:57

What a Muppet show !


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