Bangkok Airways to resume normal operations (Updated)

5 Aug 2009

Bangkok Airways will resume normal operations at 1pm this afternoon, following the landing accident of flight PG266 in stormy weather at Koh Samui Airport yesterday.

The ATR72-500 twin-turboprop carrying 68 passengers from Krabi skidded off the runway and crashed into the airport’s old control tower. A pilot and at least seven people were injured.

Said airline president Captain Puttipong Prasattong-Osoth: “On behalf of Bangkok Airways, I would like to, again, express my sympathy towards our passengers and crew members who have been affected from the unfortunate accident of PG 266 in Samui, particularly my deepest condolence to the family of Captain Chatchai Punsuvan, who lost his life in this accident.”

He added: “We are conforming to our Crisis Management standard in order to regain our status in normalcy the fastest possible."

The airline will re-route flights to Suratthani Airport, also in the southeast province of Thailand where Koh Samui is located. Two extra flights have also been added.

Flight schedule are as follows:

•    Bangkok-Suratthani/ Suratthani-Bangkok

PG 5111   06.00-07.50 /   PG 5112    07.45-08.50    (extra flight)

PG 103    06.00-07.05  /    PG 104    07.45-08.50

PG 121    07.30-08.35  /    PG 122    09.15-10.20

PG 5125    08.00-09.05 /   PG 5126    09.45-10.50    (extra flight)

PG 123    08.15-09.20  /    PG 217    10.00-11.05

PG 127    09.00-10.05  /    PG 128    10.45-11.50

PG 805    09.40-10.45

•    Chiang Mai-Suratthani/ Suratthani-Chiang Mai

PG 242    09.55-11.40/    PG 138    12.20-13.25

For more information please contact Emergency Call Center at + 66 (02) 265 8777

Gigi Onag

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