Phuket runway repair delays 16 flights

Phuket runway repair delays 16 flights

The section of runway at Phuket international airport closed for repair on Sunday. The closure affected 16 flights. (Photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran)
The section of runway at Phuket international airport closed for repair on Sunday. The closure affected 16 flights. (Photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran)

Phuket international airport was closed twice on Sunday for repairs to a damaged runway, delaying the landing and taking off of 16 flights.

Provincial governor Narong Woonciew said the runway was first closed early in the afternoon then closed again from 5pm-7.20pm.

Mr Narong was at the airport late in the afternoon to supervise the repairs.

The airport said the damage was on the runway surface and was about 10x4 metres in size and about 10 centimetres deep. It was first detected about 12.50pm.

The runway was then closed for emergency repair to ensure the safety of aircraft and passengers, and reopened shortly afterwards.

It was closed for repair again from 5pm-7.20pm. The work was completed and it was reopened.

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Vocabulary

  • detected: noticed, discovered or found out - จับได้ พบได้
  • governor: a person who is chosen to be in charge of the government of a state or province or a government agency - ผู้ว่าการรัฐ, ผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัด
  • provincial (adj): related to "provinces" , the different parts of a country - ประจำจังหวัด, ส่วนท้องถิ่น
  • repair: to fix something that is broken or damaged - ซ่อมบำรุง
  • runway (noun): a long narrow strip of ground with a hard surface that an aircraft takes off from and lands on - ทางขึ้นลงของเครื่องบิน
  • supervise: to be in charge of an activity and to check that everything is being done correctly - ดูแล ควบคุม
  • surface: the outside or top layer of something - ผิวหน้า, ผิวภายนอก, ด้านนอก
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