Chiang Rai to resume flights on Wednesday

1st Aug 2022

Chiang Rai Airport

Chiang Rai's Mae Fah Luang International Airport in northern Thailand is anticipated to resume regular operations on Wednesday, August 3, at 10 pm. The runway has been blocked since Sunday morning at 6 am, when a Nok Air Boeing 737-800 aircraft went off the runway after landing on Saturday night owing to bad weather conditions. There were no injuries.

The flight left Bangkok's Don Mueang at 8:03 pm and arrived in Chiang Rai at 9:06 pm. The plane went off the runway while landing due to slick ground conditions caused by persistent heavy rain. The 164 passengers and six cabin staff on board were safe because the pilot was able to manage and stop the jet after it veered off the runway.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) categorised the event as "severe" and shut down the runway at 6 am on Sunday to examine the reason. Yesterday, the airport was originally scheduled to reopen at 10 pm Later, the airport issued a statement saying the runway would be closed for three days and that flights would resume as usual on Wednesday, August 3, at 10 p.m.

Thousands of individuals were impacted by the airport's shutdown, which occurred over Thailand's four-day vacation. All passengers scheduled to depart Chiang Rai on Saturday evening were instead transported by bus to Chiang Mai International Airport, a distance of 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Nok Air said in a public statement that they served refreshments to all passengers while transporting them and their bags to Chiang Mai. However, numerous passengers rushed to Facebook to dispute the airline's statements, stating that they did not get any food or beverages during the whole incident.