Prime Minister says no need to close Suvarnabhumi
Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont reassured the public Friday that there is no need to close the recently opened Suvarnabhumi Airport even though scores of cracks have been found in the taxiways and one runway, saying that the government is giving priority to the safety of passengers and is addressing the problems.
Gen. Surayud said Airports of Thailand (AoT) board member Tortakul Yommanak, in his capacity as chairman of an AoT committee which has been given independent powers to supervise the runway and taxiway repairs, told the cabinet on Tuesday that it expected to take about two weeks to thoroughly examine the cracks.
Meanwhile, he said, Suvarnabhumi Airport could operate as normal and standard safety criteria would be strictly implemented.
However, the prime minister quoted Mr. Tortakul as saying that some passengers may face some inconvenience for the time being.
"The Ministry of Transport and AoT can identify the level of problems within two weeks and evaluate the expected time to repair but there is no need to close the Airport at the moment. We have to wait for the
results of the examination," he said.
The Prime Minister said that the government considered the strict implementation safety standards as its top priority and wishes to retain the confidence among foreign airlines that the problems will soon be solved.