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B255 million airport upgrade begins

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PHUKET: Work has begun on a 255-million-baht expansion of Phuket International Airport. A 120-million-baht expansion of the passenger terminal – to be completed early next year – will be augmented by the creation of two additional berths for aircraft, taking the total number of berths to 27 and costing another 98 million baht. A further 37 million baht has been allocated for improving cargo facilities. Lt Cdr Boonchart Prompoon, Director of the Airports Authority of Thailand, Phuket, told the Gazette that current facilities are inadequate to handle the numbers of arrivals and departures, especially when two or more fully loaded aircraft arrive at about the same time. Figures for arrivals and departures in Phuket in January topped 500,000 for the first time and flight numbers are currently about 40% up on the same period last year. “In a peak hour now, more than 900 passengers pass through the airport,” Cdr Boonchart said. “With these improvements, we should be able to deal with 1,200 passengers an hour.” In addition, the airport is awaiting approval of a proposal to extend the runway from 3,000 meters to 3,500m to allow fully-laden Boeing 747s to take off – an impossibility at present. “We have put this proposal to the Tourism Authority of Thailand and I hope the budget will be approved soon,” he added. The airport’s Deputy General Manager, Chan Chiamchareon, said that a study is under way to ensure the expanded airport will be efficient and staffed with enough officers to process passengers speedily. Passengers arriving in busy periods currently face waits of an hour or more because of a shortage of Immigration officers.



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Fourteen kilograms of marijuana seized in pre-Songkran drug crackdowns

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Phuket police have sized a total of 14 kilograms of marijuana in three separate cases, including intercepting parcel post yesterday. It’s all part of the annual pre-Songkran drugs crackdown.

Phuket Provincial Police have seized a parcel box sent via Thai Post in Rawai where they found 12 kilograms of marijuana. Police are now tracking down the sender.

In the second case police have arrested 46 years old Kamon ‘Noom’ Teeratrakunchai in Wichit. Police seized one kilogram of marijuana inside a Kerry Express parcel box. The suspect has been charged with illegal possession of a Category 5 Drug.

And in the third case Patong police arrested a suspect near a market on Bangla Road in Patong. Police seized one kilogram of marijuana during that arrest. That suspect has also been charged with illegal possession of a Category 5 Drug.

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Emergency crews participate in fire drill at Phuket airport

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PHOTOS: The Phuket International Airport

Phuket International Airport emergency crews battled fake fires near the main runway today.

Firefighters and rescue workers were deployed on the tarmac as part of regular drills aimed at improving response times and emergency response efficiency. This was the first such drill at the airport this year.

Observing officials reported that the emergency crews were timely and effective in their response during the exercise. The drills follow a standard of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and are carried out periodically to check on preparedness for various emergencies.

No flights were reportedly affected by the drill.

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Power outage in parts of Chalong tomorrow

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PHOTO: PEA

Residents of Chalong should be aware that there is a scheduled power outage from 9am to 4.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday) as the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) continues its work on high power voltage systems in the area.

The blackouts will affect the areas from the Shell petrol station on Patak Road to Bayshore law office opposite Chalong Beach Hotel on Wiset Road.

As always, the PEA apologises for the inconvenience.

For more information contact the Operations and Maintenance Department of the Provincial Electricity Authority on 07 652 1099 (24 hr)

 

 

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