The closure of a runway at Phuket International Airport on Tuesday resulted in a big back-up of aircraft and a lot of unhappy passengers waiting for delayed flights.
Repairs to the runway started early on Monday morning and finished at 6.30am on Tuesday as planned, but there was a large and the authorities had to reshuffle arrival and departure times and runway slots.
Authorities said 66 flights were affected by the work on Monday while another 78 flights were delayed on Monday, comprising 39 arrivals and 39 departures from 22 airlines.
A passenger who had booked a 5.30am flight to Don Muang International Airport in Bangkok today had to wait four hours before boarding. The passenger said there were no announcements from the airline about the delay, nor did any of the airline staff have any answers to questions.
“I would like to ask the departments involved to cooperate with each other and solve this problem. Apart from the delay, the electricity also went off while we were waiting,” the passenger said.
Phuket Airport has been beset with problems during its recent renovations, including delayed construction, inadequate car parking, disorganised traffic into and out of the terminals, lack of communication from airport staff, falling ceilings, and inadequate or non-functioning air-conditioning.