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Closure of Krabi airport strands hundreds of tourists

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Closure of Krabi airport strands hundreds of tourists

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KRABI:-- Hundreds of passengers, mostly foreign tourists, were stranded at Krabi international report after its runway subsided and cracked.
 

Affected by the repairs of the subsided runway were three international and seven domestic flights.

 

Airport director Attaporn Neungudom said the airport was ordered closed to all flights after authorities found part of the runway which was repaired by a contractor subsided and cracked.

 

Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/closure-krabi-airport-strands-hundreds-tourists/

 

 
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This is a surprise to anyone familiar with Thai construction? 

 

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In my opinion, this is the best airport in Thailand for arrivals.  Walk off the plane, down the stairs and out the door.  Fantastically quick and easy.

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NO airport is a "good one" when construction cuts cost by cutting required material for runways. 

 

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Actually looks perfection compared to thai roads. Cant see a problem and should last another 30+ years here until a farang buys some cement and a barrow 

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They have never reinvested in tourism. Just think of the present Sabai, Sabai.

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My son is a pilot and tells me that part of Chiang Mai airport's runway is closed for repairs and there are runway repairs currently taking place at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Is there a theme here?

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Cracked and subsiding runways?? Repairs done and then failing again thereafter???

 

Hmmm.... Seems like I've heard this story somewhere before in Thailand, and it wasn't at Krabi.

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Well, the current government has whittled it's reserves down from 500 billion baht, to less than 75 billion. So, there is little money left for infrastructure. Sorry. We messed up. Not sure where the money went, but we managed to spend it.

 

I guess that is what happens when you have incompetent neophytes managing every ministry in the land. Oh well. 

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Thailand will not need airports for much longer....three submarines on order so they can "sneak" in the hi-so tourists undetected :cheesy:

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12 hours ago, thaiowl said:

My son is a pilot and tells me that part of Chiang Mai airport's runway is closed for repairs and there are runway repairs currently taking place at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Is there a theme here?

Quite obvious, isn't it?

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The repair finished and opened to traffic late this afternoon.

 

Twelve hours to fix a runway?

 

Bet that will last.

 

About another 12 hours.

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1 hour ago, petermik said:

Thailand will not need airports for much longer....three submarines on order so they can "sneak" in the hi-so tourists undetected :cheesy:

this is a great idea. give tourists rides on the subs. take them to some deep part of the ocean and give them a certificate.  take turns on the conning tower while surfaced. steer for a while. yell "dive dive!" over the PA system. 

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1 hour ago, spidermike007 said:

Well, the current government has whittled it's reserves down from 500 billion baht, to less than 75 billion. So, there is little money left for infrastructure. Sorry. We messed up. Not sure where the money went, but we managed to spend it.

 

I guess that is what happens when you have incompetent neophytes managing every ministry in the land. Oh well. 

Theu may have been putting the money aside for those "Much Needed" submarines.

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13 hours ago, thaiowl said:

My son is a pilot and tells me that part of Chiang Mai airport's runway is closed for repairs and there are runway repairs currently taking place at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Is there a theme here?

Airport runways do need maintenance. The weight of aircraft touching down on them does damage them over time. I am currently working with some of the guy who built Suvarnabhumi airport and I know they would have insisted on international standards being applied. However, small airports do seem to be neglected until they can not be used. This has to have an effect on the tourism but typical Thai attitude "It will be ok"

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