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Phuket airport runway hole causes flight delays

Phuket airport runway hole causes flight delays

PHUKET: People boarding flights to or from Phuket International Airport have been advised to check with their airlines for any delays following delays starting yesterday resulting from a hole in the runway.

By The Phuket News

Monday 1 May 2023, 12:03PM

The advisory came via the Phuket Info Center, operated under the Phuket office of the Ministry of Interior, as Airports of Thailand (AoT) have yet to recognise the issue.

The issue was raised by online flights community ‘Wingtips’, which posted that at 3pm yesterday flights scheduled to land in Phuket had been put into a holding pattern.

Citing Flightradar24, Wingtips reported that the Boeing 737-800 serving Shanghai Airlines Flight FM858 had been held in a holding pattern west of Phuket, as it had not been approved to land at Phuket airport.

“Recommended to passengers who have flights to and from Phuket today to check the travel schedule from the airline again,” said the post.

Phuket Info Center reported that AoT Phuket, which operates Phuket airport, had announced an “incident” resulting in aircraft being unable to take off or land due to the runway being closed.

Phuket Info Center noted that the announcement was made at 3:20pm yesterday, despite AoT Phuket not posting any recognition of the delays even by this morning.

According to the “announcement”, the repairs to the runway were to be completed by 4pm yesterday.

However, Phuket Info Center last night posted an update confirming that runway repairs still had yet to be completed. Instead, AoT Phuket was now expecting to complete the repairs today (May 1).

According to the post by Phuket Info Center last night, airport management had been aware of a large crack in the runway for several days, and that pilots had been informed of the safety issue.

Pilots had been allowed to use “Runway 09” since yesterday morning, said the post.

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At midday yesterday, pilot were told to use Runway 27 instead.

There is only one runway at Phuket airport, but it has two designations: Runway 09 and runway 27.

Pilots are told to use Runway 09 if they are to use the runway travelling eastwards, and told to use Runway 27 if they are to use the runway travelling westwards.

After the change in direction of use at midday yesterday, one plane managed to take off by avoiding the crack in the runway.

The second plane, however, became stuck in what the post described as a “hole”. Ground crew took one hour to remove the plane from the runway, the Phuket Info Center explained.

During the hour that the runway was closed, about 10 planes waiting to take off were delayed and aircraft arriving to land in Phuket, including from overseas, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports in Bangkok and from Samui, were also delayed.

The ground crew was expected to repair the crack by 4pm yesterday. However, the late arrival of the necessary equipment saw bad weather arrive, further impeding any efforts to repair the runway.

“Heavy rain at the airport again delaying many flights,” said the post.

Phuket Info Center last night pointed out that at that time there still had been no official notification to passengers of delays.

As of midday today, AoT Phuket still had yet to make any announcements regarding the delays.

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Taswegian | 03 May 2023 - 06:12:03

HKT has only one runway, just a different number at each end as do most runways. it just depends on which way you approach the airport.

christysweet | 02 May 2023 - 10:00:59

World class sewage   and garbage  dump. Please  look at what has happen on  Layan Soi 7 with 4 worker  camps, 3  are dumping sewage  into the water way and   dumping  trash.  

christysweet | 02 May 2023 - 09:57:50

 HKT  has two runways- designated 09 and 27 

Kurt | 02 May 2023 - 09:26:26

Seen the now constant patching up of Phuket Airport run down run-way one would expect that airport management now keeps logic wise necessary repair equipment permanent stand by at airport. Than only rain can be used as repair delay excuse.

DeKaaskopp | 02 May 2023 - 09:18:48

"  ...be refused beer or wine..."  Now I know what it takes to be a world class destination for Kurt. Alcohol has to be available 24 hours 365 days a year.  Cheers Kurt !
@JohnC   "  Us too very soon"   Great news !

Kurt | 02 May 2023 - 09:03:45

The 'Achilles Heel' of PHuket airport is that it has only 1 run-way +1 taxi-way. Seen number of flights, we are told they handle per 24 hrs, is far below standard for a World Class destination. 1 hole or plane accident brings all Phuket flights, in and out, on hold. Officialdom experienced that many times. But till now there  are not even talks to construct a 2nd runway .

JohnC | 02 May 2023 - 08:57:10

@herman1. Pretty obvious you haven't been here very long with your 'new guy' attitude. People who come back again and again nowadays mostly come from disgusting shitholes not worth living in, ie. Russia. Those that have been here a long time and can see the backwards steps happening here are moving away to other places in droves.... Us too very soon.

JohnC | 02 May 2023 - 08:51:53

Phuket has not been world class for many years now. It once was a popular destination for quality tourists, sadly now it's mostly the dregs of society that can't afford to go somewhere better. Each year Phuket get worse and it is mostly those gov idiots who keep pushing for more numbers, no matter where they come from or who they are as long as they bring money and spend it all here before...

Kurt | 02 May 2023 - 08:40:24

There is difference between living here and knowing/accepting it is not a World Class place,.. and the expectations of tourists. For example: on alcohol-block days 'we' don't go to restaurants. A innocent tourist, not knowing about that goes to restaurant and get surprised to be refused beer or wine at a world class destination . In May it can happen twice during his 10 day holiday!

Hermann1 | 01 May 2023 - 19:14:19

Oldguy@   Maybe not a world class destination for you, but for many millions of other people for sure. Why else is Thailand for many years very popular among tourists. And many are coming back again and again. Why do you live here ? Can't be that bad here, otherwise you would move somewhere else,right ?

Hermann1 | 01 May 2023 - 19:04:31

Oldguy @   It doesn't happen somewhere else ?   Just a few examples for you.  19.12.2022 Norwich airport. Hole on the runway  ! 13.08.2017 London Stansted .Hole on the runway. 1.Oct. 2012 Halifax. Hole on the runway. 27.July 2022  Mexico City. Hole on the runway.19.May 2015 London City Airport. Hole on the runway.10.Nov.2022  Manchester ! Another Hole. The list could go on and on.

Old guy | 01 May 2023 - 16:54:51

@Pooliekev. Yes, it could happen anywhere. But, it doesn't! Other places actually set about repairing things. Thailand doesn't. 

Old guy | 01 May 2023 - 14:28:54

Thailand has always been an unusual destination. But, it has never been a "World Class" destination. 
To be world class, it needs:
 A real education system.
An honest government  hiearchy. 
Currently, the masses are kept poor and uneducated so the top few can take everything. 

Old guy | 01 May 2023 - 14:08:07

Tsunami warning system historically doesn't work.
Hillside roads collapse.
Airport holes. And the list goes on.
Thais can't fix things because the never ask how or why it's broken.

Pooliekev | 01 May 2023 - 13:07:18

Cheap shot. Could happen anywhere on the planet. 

Fascinated | 01 May 2023 - 12:05:23

'World Class' Tourist destination? 


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