Reopening of Phuket International Airport for Domestic Flights
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has announced that Phuket International Airport would resume operations for domestic flights from 00.01 hr of 16 May 2020.
CAAT cited the request by the Phuket Governor backed by the approval from the local communicable disease control committee as well as Phuket’s effectiveness on surveillance, prevention, and control of the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as reasons for approving the reopening of Phuket International Airport.
It noted that the airport must follow the operating hours already stipulated for other airports that resumed domestic flights from 1 May. Passengers entering Phuket are required to complete a form to allow officials to keep track of them for medical checks.
Meanwhile, the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) and the Bangkok Expressway and Metro (BEM) have applied social distancing rules by limiting the number of people using the train at a time, or releasing groups in three steps: before entering and exiting the train system; before entering through the automatic ticketing machines, and before entering the trains. This has resulted in longer waiting time for commuters.
MRT and BEM are seeking cooperation from commuters to plan their travel ahead to ensure that they reach their final destination on time.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department
15 MAY 2020