AIRPORTS OF THAILAND (AOT) explained that around 300 passengers were stranded at Phuket Airport last night because a Thai Vietjet plane had to return after an extra passenger was found on board and after that could not take off again as the runway is closed during 11.30 p.m. to 7.30 a.m. for maintenance, Amarin TV said today (Dec. 2).
This explanation was issued after news of a large number of passengers being stranded at this airport circulated on social media.
AOT said the delay started with flight VZ2304 from Suvarnabhumi to Phuket being unable to fly. As a result some of the passengers departing on flight VZ2305 were transferred to flight VZ309, but as an extra passenger was found after takeoff the airplane had to return to Phuket airport.
However once there the airplane could not take off again as the runway is closed for maintenance during 11.30 p.m. to 7.30 a.m. during fiscal 2023.
The passengers had to rest at Phuket Airport till morning when they caught another flight to Bangkok at 10.34 a.m.
Thai Vietjet passengers stranded at Phuket Airport. The Thai headline says, “An extra passenger found.” Photo: Amarin TV