Covid-19: AOT suspends Phuket Airport operations as Thailand ban extended

By Luke Barras-hill |


Phuket International Airport will suspend operations at 00:01 on 10 April until 30 April, or until further notice. Source: AOT.

Airports of Thailand (AOT) will temporarily cease activity at Phuket International Airport, effective 10 April.

The operational suspension will run until 30 April – or until further notice, AOT said in a statement.

Thailand’s civil aviation authority extended a provisional ban on all international flights on 7 April to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

This is due to last until 18 April and covers all six international airports under AOT’s management (Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai , Hat Yai, Phuket and Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai).

Exemptions apply to the following: state or military aircraft; emergency landings; technical landing without disembarkation; humanitarian and medical aid; relief flights; repatriation flights; and cargo aircraft.

King Power International Group (KPIG) runs the duty free concession at Phuket International and a raft of others in Thailand after a fresh sweep of contract victories last year.

TRBusiness has reached out to KPIG for comment.


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