The news was confirmed by Airports of Thailand (AoT) management at Phuket Airport this afternoon (Mar 30).
The closure of the airport follows a formal request by Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana earlier today.
The closure will take effect at 00:01am on April 10, and continue to April 30, the notice released today confirmed.
The announcement of the closure of the airport also follows the bridges onto and off the island being locked down as of midnight last night, along with all boats and piers no longer allowed to permit entry except for emergency vehicles and vessels, and vehicles and boats delivering essential consumer goods and medical equipment and supplies.
The notice explained that the purpose of the formal notice was to inform the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) and other tourism-related offices so they could make preparations for the closure.
“For relevant officers, please make preparations for the closure to reduce any effect on local people and tourists that may be caused by the urgency of this closure measure,” explained in the notice.