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Sakon Nakhon airport to resume service on August 1

Sakon Nakhon Airport has announced via its facebook page that it will resume its service on August 1. The airport was closed last week due to severe inundation.

Meanwhile it will remain closed until 11.59 pm Monday night as it's runway is still under water.

Mr Darun Sangchai, director-general of the Department of Airports, said the flood water on the airport's Taxiway A has now receded from 60 centimetres to 10 centimetres.

The flood water on the taxiway still forces the airport to close service today until 11.59 pm.

He said instruction has been given to airlines to assist their passengers and inform them of flight changes.

Passengers can either refund their tickets or change routes.

The airport is now coordinating with the Transport Company and the Transport Office in Sakon Nakhon to arrange commuter vans or buses for flight passengers who want to travel between Sakon Nakhon and Nakhon Phanom airports.

More information could be obtained from the Ministry of Transport's Safety Centre at Tel 1356.

The Department of Airports said there was no rain today in Sakon Nakhon, thus enabling authorities to speed up draining floodwater out of the airport's areas to public waterways connecting to the Nong Harn lake.

The Department of Airports has also sent team of electrical engineers and mechanics from the central area and nearby airports to check and repair power supply and lighting system in Sakon Nakhon airport back to normal as soon as possible and meet the safety standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The Department of highways today sent water trucks to clean the runway, taxiways, and airport apron of muds and dirts to prepare for the reopening of the airport, expected after all light systems are restored.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)