BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
Oak Maedow Phuket BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Phuket airport runway repairs leave 75 flights affected

Phuket airport runway repairs leave 75 flights affected

PHUKET: Repairs to the runway at Phuket International Airport will affect a total of 75 flights today and tomorrow (Feb 26-27), officials have reported.

tourismtransportChineseRussianconstruction
By The Phuket News

Monday 26 February 2018, 11:56AM


Flights were suspended from 2am to 7am today and will be suspended from 2am to 7am again tomorrow while the repairs are carried out.

Although officials avoided saying the repairs were “urgent” or “critical”, the move to close the runway was announced at a meeting only yesterday evening, just hours before the runway was closed.

Phet Chancharoen, General Manager of Phuket International Airport, reported that cracks were found at the head of the runway and an area where a taxiway connects to the landing strip.

The cracks were caused by wear and tear during the high season, Mr Phet said.

The runway was closed as “general precaution” and the cracks were not seen as posing any immediate danger to aircraft operations at the airport, he added.

Airlines were notified in advance and should have modified their schedules accordingly and a contingency plan was also in place to handle any resulting passenger congestion at the airport, said Mr Phet.

Oak Maedow Phuket

“The airport has asked the contractor to mobilise resources and keep the impact down to a minimum. We apologise for the inconvenience and will keep the public informed of any changes,” he said.

Phuket airport handles about 300 flights and about 70,000 passengers daily.

The flights affected comprise 38 outbound flights and 37 inbound flights.

Pegas Fly chartered flight IK 2469 from Chelyabinsk in Russia, originally scheduled to land in Phuket early this morning, was diverted to land at Krabi International Airport, officials reported.

Present at the airport in the early hours of this morning to explain the situation to travellers whose flights had been postponed was Ma Cuihong, who as Vice Consul of the Chinese Consulate in Songkhla heads the Chinese Consular Office in Phuket.

Joining Ms Ma was Santi Paiwai, who previously served as the Director of the Phuket office of the Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. Mr Santi now serves as the Deputy Director-General of the Department of Tourism nationwide.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Kurt | 26 February 2018 - 17:10:15

Santi Paiwai?  The removed Phuket Santi?
Came down from BKK to Phuket for some Phuket airport runway cracks
Than the cracks are not possible be serious
And nonsense talk. You not divert flights to Krabi airport if cracks not posing as danger to aircraft operation
Than why diverting? That is because of danger to aircraft operation

As always, they talk to much contradictive 
Tangle themselve

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Concerned over rising crime, Phuket police launch new campaign

"There has been an increase in the use of firearms to commit crimes, without any fear of the la...(Read More)


Concerned over rising crime, Phuket police launch new campaign

Not surprising the island is economically dead. As long as tourism is not allowed back it can just ...(Read More)


Dual prices on agenda

You guys do know that if o show a Thai driving license, you get the Thai price. You might have to ar...(Read More)


Dual prices on agenda

Its not only about dual pricing, around 1 year ago I was sitting with a Malaysian business partner a...(Read More)


More stranded Russians fly home from Phuket

@captainjack69 there are scheduled flights out of BKK on BA/AF/KL Emirates and Qatar Airways which w...(Read More)


Melbourne imposes virus curfew as South Africa tops 500,000 cases

@Hubert "Stupid comments"? How can you say that ? All comments at that time were written ...(Read More)


Dual prices on agenda

SEC2 were you paying in cash, local bank card or foreign? ...(Read More)


Video shows cameras being removed from shootout gambling den

Why is the BP publishing a lie ? According to Kurt it took several hours to arrive.And he knows al...(Read More)


Dual prices on agenda

Kurt is right ! The centuries long oppression and discrimination of white colored people needs to st...(Read More)


Dual prices on agenda

Quite funny to label victims of racism/discrimination as being racist. The world ups and down. Of ...(Read More)