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Phuket airport resumes normal operations

PHUKET: Phuket International Airport has resumed full normal operations following the emergency repairs made to the runway on Sunday (July 3), airport General Manager Monchai Tanode has confirmed.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 5 July 2022, 10:26AM

In total the airport operated 58 international flights and 102 domestic flights yesterday (July 4), carrying approximately 13,000 passengers, Mr Monchai said.

Mr Monchai repeated the explanation that the runway had to be closed due to damage where aircraft touch down to land.

The area affected covered 10 metres by four metres, Mr Monchai said.

Initial emergency repairs were made from 1pm to 1:40pm, after which five aircraft that were in a holding pattern above Phuket were allowed to land, he said.

The runway was closed again from 5pm to 7pm so that the damaged area could be fully, and properly repaired, he added..

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The damage to the runway was the result of normal use, Mr Monchai said.

“The runway was opened for aircraft to take off and land normally at about 7:20pm. Approximately 22 domestic and international flights were affected,” he said.

While the runway was closed, departure airports with flights heading for Phuket were notified, he added.

Routine ongoing maintenance and safety inspections will continue along the 3,000m-length runway, he added..

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JohnC | 06 July 2022 - 09:07:23

The damage was the result of normal use?? Like saying the damage to Phuket roads is the result of normal use. In other words total and utter BS because if they had been made properly according to construction tender in the first place these "emergency repairs" wouldn't be needed. 

DeKaaskopp | 05 July 2022 - 18:58:45

@Kurt " Brain Covid "?  I heard only people with 3 shots of Pfizer would be in a high risk group of catching that.Maybe only a rumour.

Kurt | 05 July 2022 - 11:50:38

One must be very thick skinned or having 'brain-Covid' to dare to say: "Routine ONGOING maintenance and safety inspections will CONTINUE". Expect repairs were sub standard, and soon needed again. This first patch of 10 x 4 metres was a clear signal of the state of runway. More Phuket airport runway news may expected coming time.

agogohome | 05 July 2022 - 11:49:02

Does anyone know when Phuket airport first opened? Seems even Mr Google hasn't an answer for that! 

Nasa12 | 05 July 2022 - 11:08:32

So that about 81 people on every flight to Phuket last day, how profitable can it be and fly to phuket for airlines company. 


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