On 31th July 2013, Phuket Governor – Maitree Intusut presided over an exercise at Phuket International Airport entitled ‘Phuket International Airport Full Scale Emergency Plan Exercise’ or PEMEX 2013. Also present to watch over the exercise were Deputy General Manager Phuket International Airport – Wg. Cor.Learskrit Thongsrikrai, Head of Phuket’s Office for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation – Sun Jantarawong and staff from the airport’s various airlines.
PEMEX is a yearly exercise which International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requires all airports to undertake. Practicing such drills will help internal and external agencies involved to learn the correct operating standards set by the ICAO. All relevant agencies are required to participate in the exercise t ensure workers have the necessary knowledge to understand and be able to follow a plan should an actual event occur.