Krabi airport to close runway for repairs at night

The Krabi airport management has notified its contractor to send a team of engineers to the airport for discussion on how to repair cracks on the runway on Monday (March 5).

Mr Atthaporn Nuang-udom, the airport director, said Friday that the repair work is expected to commence at midnight and to stop in the morning in order to cause the least flight disruptions.  He admitted that, for the time being, he could not say for sure when the repairs would be completed.

The airport director’s remark was in response to an image on the social posted by an “anonymous pilot” showing two cracks at both ends of the runway.

The post has reportedly drawn many responses, with some pilots expressing concern that the cracks which were caused by the peeling off of asphalted surface could pose a risk for planes during takeoff and landing.

A few of the critics noted that the cracks were known since mid-February, but the airport management did not close the runway for repairs, but chose to warn pilots to exercise more caution.

Over 100 flights use the airport every day.