Phuket airport reopens

After PAD protestors blockaded Phuket and Krabi’s airports for two days, the popular beach destinations are set to reopen for flights again today. Thousands of tourists have been stranded in Phuket since the anti-government protestors cut off access to the roads leading to the island’s airport, but now tourists may finally have a chance to get home.

The director of Phuket International Airport, Vicha Neunlop, told the AFP “the airport resumed operations at about 11:00am [Sunday]. The first flight will land soon. All services at the airport are back to normal. Protestors started leaving the airport [this morning], and there are not many left now.”

More than 15,000 air passengers have been unable to board their planned flights at Thailand’s second-busiest airport in Phuket since Friday, when protestors flooded into the runway and blocked the airport’s entrances. Krabi and Hat Yai’s airports were also shut down by protestors, but Hat Yai reopened on Saturday and news reports say that Krabi should be ready to service flights on Sunday.

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