Suvarnabhumi runway remains closed
- Published: 11/09/2013 at 09:46 AM
- Online news:
Suvarnabhumi airport has rescheduled the planned reopening of the eastern runway until 6pm on Wednesday.
The airport said heavy rain over the past few days had obstructed attempts to clear the runway for use.
Part of the runway was being used Wednesday morning by small aircraft after debris from the crash landing of a Thai Airways International flight on Sunday night was cleared away.
The accident delayed flights in and out of the airport for an average 30 minutes, airport administrators said.
The Airbus A330-300, flight TG679 from Guangzhou, China, skidded off the runway on Sunday night.
Repair of the damaged surface of the runway was under way, and Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) originally set the reopening of the entire length of the runway for 9am on Wednesday, then moved it to noon, and then deferred the clearance yet again until 6pm.
THAI president Sorajak Kasemsuvan said on Wednesday that rains hampered the plan to haul the jet away from the crash scene on Tuesday night, delaying the runway reopening.
THAI plans to use two trailers to haul it to a temporary parking space in a hangar at the airport.
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- Writer: Amornrat Mahitthirook