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Safety zone at Phuket Airport to be implemented

Safety zone at Phuket Airport to be implemented

Phuket: A safety zone around Phuket International Airport where locals and tourists go to take selfies under landing planes will be implemented following a meeting held by officials on Wednesday (Mar 6) amid safety concerns.

By The Phuket News

Friday 8 March 2019, 03:44PM

Phuket Vice Governor Prakob Wongmaneerung presided over a meeting held at Phuket International Airport in which it was decided that a safety zone around the runway would be implemented in due course – an area that has come to be known as “unseen Phuket.”

The attraction was brought to the attention of authorities as its popularity has increased significantly of late.

At the meeting, Deputy Director of Phuket International Airport, Wichit Kaewsaithiam, referred to requirements of The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in applying strict safety rules around airports.

Mr Wichit said, “Whilst we want to maintain tourism revenue in the area, it is important that we ensure the safety of the planes as well as visitors to the beach.”

“People will be able to take photos from the beach further away from the runway. This way people can enjoy the beach without compromising safety.”

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“The relevant departments will work together to establish the exact safety zone soon,” Mr Wichit added.

The meeting also addressed concerns about people flying drones near the airport as well as shining laser pointers at planes.

“Such acts threaten the safety of planes and we call on locals, business owners and tourists not to fly drones or shine laser pointers in the sky within nine kilometres of the airport,” Mr Wichit stressed.

“Anyone caught doing so faces punishments under the Air Navigation Act which carries a maximum sentence of death,” he warned.

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Jor12 | 09 March 2019 - 14:24:32

Photo op for officials? Where? If you read the article, it's the ICAO that is responsible for airport safety worldwide. Nothing to do with pilots. What has water got to do with the article?

Kurt | 08 March 2019 - 16:09:04

OMG, the photo with all officials, a lovely togetherness show off about a non issue. Very 'safe' meeting, filling up the day. Question: How many pilots complained the last 365 days? If they want to make a problem of it, than fence the beach area in front of the runway. Drama queens with their 'death penalty'. Do something about the Phuket water shortage if you feel a important urge...

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