Airlines prepare to resume Phuket flights

Major airlines are scheduling flights to Phuket, as the resort island gears up to welcome vaccinated travellers without quarantine beginning next month.

Thai Airways International (THAI), Qatar Airways, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, and Israel’s carrier EL AL are the first batch of airlines to take advantage of Phuket’s reopening, after 1.5 years of border closure.

Singapore Airlines has increased direct flights to Phuket since June 1

THAI’s CCO Nond Kalinta said the national flag carrier plans to operate direct flights to Phuket from Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Paris, London, and Zurich from July to September this year.

In addition, its subsidiary THAI Smile will be operating four round-trip flights per week between Phuket and Hong Kong every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, beginning July 2.

Singapore Airlines has added one more flight on the Singapore-Phuket route since June 1, up from two existing flights per week.

Qatar Airways is planning to operate four-weekly flights to Phuket, starting July 1, according to Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways Group. This will augment the Middle Eastern airline’s existing 12-weekly flights to Bangkok.

The airline plans for Phuket-bound services from Europe, the Middle East, and the US, given that the resort town is a popular holiday destination for tourists from these continents.

Another carrier from the gulf region, Emirates, is also starting direct flights from Dubai to Phuket four times a week, beginning July 2. The airline has also since last September resumed daily flights to Bangkok from Dubai.

In addition, Israel’s carrier EL AL will resume daily non-stop flights on the Tel Aviv-Phuket route from next month.

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