Travellers trying to leave or get to Samui were resorting to ferries following the closure of the island’s airport while investigators attend to Wednesday’s accident.
Havoc was created to travel plans on this island which receives most its visitors by air. An ATR-72 aircraft belonging to Bangkok Air crashed while landing in bad weather, resulting in one death and several serious injuries.
All flights have been cancelled to and from this airport and passengers are being re-directed to the Surat Thani airport on the mainland, which is connected to the island by several daily two-hour ferry rides.
The airport remains closed until further notice, but is expected to re-open before the weekend, to accomodate the 16 daily flights that arrive from Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.
Scheduled flights are now landing and departing from Surat Thani airport and ferry connections are being arranged for passengers to reach the island conveniently.
The airport, which was built and is owned by Bangkok Airways, has previously won an award for its eco-friendly ‘island’-styled terminal. It has had no previous incidents of air safety.