Chiang Rai airport shuts for the day after Nok Air mishap

SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022

Chiang Rai’s Mae Fah Luang International Airport was closed on Sunday after a Nok Air aircraft slid off the runway while trying to land in heavy rain on Saturday night.

The airline announced that all its flights on Sunday to Chiang Rai will be cancelled and passengers can either choose to reschedule or ask for a full refund.

Nok Air said it has received a Notam (notice to airmen) from the airport that Runway 03/21 will be closed from 6am to 10pm on Sunday.

The airline said passengers who cannot reschedule will be taken to Chiang Rai airport to board a flight to Bangkok, while those flying from the capital will also be offered alternatives.

The Saturday night mishap took place at around 9pm when the Boeing 737-800 aircraft was trying to land during heavy rain. Nobody was injured.