One queue less at Phuket airport

PHUKET, 30 March 2017: Phuket Airport will use an in-line screening system for hold baggage checks, effective 1 April, to end long queues at the terminal entrance where passengers currently have their bags screened.

The security screening at the terminal entrance works fine for small airports, but despite an expansion of the terminal building,  the baggage check at the entrance continued and is now a major bottleneck causing long queues and complaints.

Airport director, Monrudee Gettuphan, said that effective 1 April, Phuket Airport would do away with terminal entrance screening, for the more efficient in-line screening system where baggage is checked on the belts as it moves from the check-in counters to the baggage handling area.

“Departing passengers can go directly to the check-in counters inside the terminal and their hold baggage will be x-rayed when it is on the belt as it transfers to  the aircraft.”

It will reduce queues and congestion. Currently passengers encounter a queue on entering the terminal and again at the check-in counters.

Phuket Airport is one of six airports supervised by Airports of Thailand. Other airports are Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Mae Fah Luang – Chiang Rai and Hat Yai.

Last year, the airport’s international passenger traffic increased 16.59% from 6,955,139 to 8,109,306, while domestic passenger traffic improved 18.52% from 5,904,217 to 6,997,879.

Overall, it accounted for a 17.48% increase in passenger movements from 12,859,356 to 15,107,185.