Connect with us


Emergency response plan coming for Phuket Airport



Emergency response plan coming for Phuket Airport | Thaiger

PHUKET CITY: A provincial committee will draw up an emergency response plan for Phuket International Airport (PIA), the first of its kind in Thailand.

The announcement came at a meeting chaired by Phuket Governor Wichai Phraisa-ngop at Phuket Provincial Hall on Thursday.

Representing the airport at the meeting was PIA Deputy Director Sutheep Sansiripan.

Governor Wichai said the need for an emergency response plan comes following the two-day takeover of the airport by anti-government protesters from the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) in August last year and the crash of the One-Two-Go flight in September, 2007.

The committee hopes to have the plan in place before the Asean+3 summit, which is scheduled to take place in October.

However, an integrated emergency response plan is needed at the airport regardless of whether the summit takes place in Phuket, Governor Wichai said.

“If successful, we will be the first province to have an operation plan in place in case something happens at the airport. But we will need co-operation from everyone and all relevant departments to develop such a plan, which will remain in place permanently,” he said.

Development of the plan will follow emergency response training drills to be carried out at the airport for five days starting on August 24.

“The biggest day will be August 27. We really hope it will be a success,” Governor Wichai said.

Similar drills have already been conducted at Chiang Mai, Suvarnabhumi and Khon Khaen airports.

Among the agencies taking part are the Phuket Provincial Police, Phuket Provincial Office, Phuket Public Health Office, Provincial Electricity Authority Phuket Office and other utility suppliers, telecommunications agencies, tambon administration organizations and the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization.

Observing the drill will be representatives from Airports of Thailand, the Royal Thai Air Force, Army and Navy.

Governor Wichai will form a committee made up of members from the various agencies, which will set up the plan and establish a chain-of-command to facilitate responses to any future crises at the airport.

“This plan for Phuket will be really helpful, giving people a sense of security and rebuilding trust in Phuket and in Thailand,” Governor Wichai said.

“We need to inform people who might be affected by the exercise, especially from the traffic. I hope everyone will understand,” he said.

— Kitima Pornmongkhonwat


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Crime3 mins ago

Document forgers arrested in Chon Buri

Phuket2 hours ago

Canadian hitman in Phuket killing moves closer to extradition

Thailand2 hours ago

The Ultimate Thrill & Chill, Day & Night Place in Phuket | Blue Tree Phuket

Sponsored49 mins ago

St. Andrews International School, Green Valley, proud to achieve globally recognised Green Flag award

Video2 hours ago

Dancing to the rhythm of her own beat ft. Sophie Indracusin | Thaiger Podcast EP.15

Crime20 hours ago

VIDEO: Thieves mess with the wrong gold shop owner in northern Thailand

Thailand20 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Immigration Police to Revise Visa Extension Criteria

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Expats20 hours ago

Pattaya visa legend dies of cancer

Tourism20 hours ago

Transport officials expect tens of thousands of bus travellers in Thailand during three-day weekend.

Phuket21 hours ago

Chinese tourist found dead in Phuket

Crime21 hours ago

Overstaying former pro footballer arrested for hawking lottery tickets in Thailand

Thailand21 hours ago

Twitter investigation discovers mass censorship & blacklisting under previous regime

Thailand21 hours ago

Brief history of the Japanese Onsen in Thailand

Patong22 hours ago

Officials say no to floating lanterns and fireworks on Patong Beach

Protests22 hours ago

Teen protestor claims police harassment

Thailand22 hours ago

Thailand’s Full Moon Party attracts 12,000 tourists

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11