Monday, February 26, 2018

Phuket International 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 (February 26-27), officials have reported.

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.

Original article  ➤ https://www.thephuketnews.com

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