BANGKOK, 11 April 2012 (NNT) – Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) has postponed all Bangkok-Phuket and Bangkok-Krabi flights after 16.30 hrs due to a possible tsunami in the two southern provinces.
Following a massive quake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra at 15.45 hrs today, the Airports of Thailand (AOT) has ordered temporary closure of Phuket International Airport due to the imminent tsunami waves. THAI President Piyasvasti Amranand stated that the AOT’s decision has prompted the national flag carrier to have to indefinitely postpone all flights to and from Phuket as well as Krabi, scheduled to depart after 16.30 hrs.
The delayed flights include TG217 departing from Bangkok at 16.50 hrs, TG218 departing from Phuket at 19.00 hrs, TG221 departing from Bangkok at 18.20 hrs, TG222 departing from Phuket at 20.40 hrs, TG223 departing from Bangkok at 19.20 hrs, TG224 departing from Phuket at 21.30 hrs, TG225 departing from Bangkok at 22.40 hrs, TG249 departing from Bangkok at 16.45 hrs and TG250 departing from Krabi at 18.50 hrs.
However, if the tsunami warning is lifted, Phuket International Airport will be back in service and THAI flights on both suspended routes will be resumed immediately. In the meantime, passengers can request more information from the THAI Contact Center at telephone number 02-356-1111.
National News Bureau of Thailand