Flooding forces closure of Sakon Nakhon airport 

The Sakon Nakhon airport has been closed from today (July 28) until tomorrow after it has been hit by flooding, according to Darun Saengchai, director-general of the Department of Airports.

Mr Darun said AirAsia and Nok Air flights were able to land and take off at the airport on Friday morning as there was not much water on the taxiway.

However, following heavy downpours, taxiway A of the airport was about 40 centimetres under water.

The inundation forced Nok Air to cancel Flight DD9406 at 1.55pm and Flight DD9410 at 7.35pm.

Following the flight cancellation, 15 passengers were stranded at the airport. Transportation was arranged to take them to the provincial town.

Representatives of the airport, the Aeronautical Radio of Thailand, the airlines and the Thai Meteorological Department subsequently held a meeting to assess the flooding situation.

An announcement was issued to initially close the airport from July 28 to 3pm of July 29.  The situation will be assessed on a daily basis.

Mr Darun said the Department of Airports will send its engineers to airport to check the power system to make sure it can return in operation after the floodwater has receded.