Phuket airport to reopen to domestic flights on June 15

Phuket airport to reopen to domestic flights on June 15

Phuket airport will reopen to domestic flights on June 15. (Photo: Achadtaya Chuenniran)
Phuket airport will reopen to domestic flights on June 15. (Photo: Achadtaya Chuenniran)

PHUKET: Domestic flights to and from this southern island province will resume on June 15, the provincial communicable disease committee announced on Tuesday.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has banned domestic flights to and from Phuket since April 10 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The committee said since the provincial authority had been effective in containing the spread of Covid-19, Phuket airport had obtained permission to re-open to domestic flights from June 15.

All passengers were advised to arrive at the airport one to two hours before scheduled departure, to allow time to go through health screening procedures.

They would be required to wear face masks and their temperature must not exceed 37.3°C.

Out-bound passengers would have to fill in the AOT Airports app before departure, and in-bound passengers fill out a form with personal data before entering Phuket.

They would be required to keep at least one metre away from other people, or follow instructions on distancing from the airport's signboards.

Each passenger could take a maximum 350 millilitres of hand sanitising gel on board the aircraft. The maximum amount of liquid, including the hand gel, each person could carry on board would be one litre.

Phuket's exit and entry points by land and water reopened on Monday.

The committee reported on Tuesday there were no new Covid-19 cases, leaving the tally at 227, of whom 223 had recovered and been discharged, and three died. One patient had died from motorcycle accident injuries. There were no patients still being treated.

Seventeen people were arrested on Monday night in the province for violating the 11pm-3am curfew, the committee added.

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