Fire briefly closes down Khon Kaen Airport in Thailand

Thailand's Khon Kaen airport was closed on Jan 26 after an electrical short-circuit sparked a fire.
Thailand's Khon Kaen airport was closed on Jan 26 after an electrical short-circuit sparked a fire.PHOTO: THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - A domestic airport in Thailand's north-east closed temporarily on Friday (Jan 26) after an electrical short-circuit sparked a fire, the airport authority said.

Khon Kaen airport, an transport hub and a gateway to Thailand's north-east, serves flights arriving from the capital Bangkok and the city of Chiang Mai in the north - a popular tourist destination.

Flights were earlier diverted to land at Udon Thani airport, the officer said. 

Four domestic airlines operate flights to Khon Kaen, which sees up to 18 flights per day. The airlines include Nok Air, Thai AirAsia, Thai Lion Air, and Thai Smile, a subsidiary of Thai Airways.

Normal services resumed in the afternoon.