Emirates takes off for Phuket

EMIRATES has added Phuket to its international network with the launch of non-stop, daily services to the Thai destination this week.

Operated by a three-class Airbus A340-300 aircraft, EK378 departs Dubai at 12.45 and arrives at Phuket International Airport at 21.55h. The return flight, EK379, departs at 00.35 the following day and arrives in Dubai International Airport at 04.35.

“The launch of (this) service between Phuket and Dubai perfectly coincides with the upcoming festive season as Phuket has been a favourite destination for many holidaymakers,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ senior vice president, commercial operations, Far East & Australasia.

He added: “Emirates has a long standing affiliation with Thailand and the country is an important market for (the airline). This new service will support Thailand’s tourism sector by enhancing inbound arrivals from the UAE, the larger Middle East region as well as traditional markets like Europe.”

Manit Boonchim, executive director of Europe Africa and Middle East Region, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said: “Phuket in the past few years has experienced a healthy reputation and growth. Phuket is the gateway to the southern part of Thailand, making it a major hub for people to expand their travels to (destinations such as) Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Koh Samui, Trat, as well as Krabi, Koh Lipe, and many more.

“With TAT’s current strategy in promoting Phuket and beyond, we are sure that Emirates will play an important role in this plan.”

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