Phuket International Airport was joined by 41 airlines to assure their safety and readiness to handle earthquakes and Tsunami.
On April 20th, Mr Pratueng Sornkham, Phuket International Airport Director, 41 airlines operating at the airport, and representatives from Air Traffic Control joined a press conference to confirm they are ready to handle unexpected situations of earthquakes and Tsunami.
Mr Pratueng said when it comes to earthquakes or Tsunami, together Phuket International Airport, airlines, and Air Traffic Controllers are able to evacuate passengers to safe ground or to send them back to their countries.
“Phuket International Airport immediately shut down after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the west coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia on April 11th. Together with airlines and other staff, they evacuated 1,500 passengers to the Airport’s kitchen area. No injuries or valuable belonging losses have been reported”, Mr Pratueng added.
However, he admitted some improvements need to be done in the area of the Airport’s kitchen since there were no chairs, lights, or communication devices.
“Since there was a clarification of our safety and readiness, 3.14 percent of flights have increased after April 11th”, Mr Pratueng revealed.