Jetstar Asia will operate two weekly services from Singapore to Phuket starting September 3, following the reopening of the popular Thai resort island to fully vaccinated foreign visitors on July 1 under the government’s ‘sandbox’ scheme.
The scheme exempts these tourists from quarantine upon arrival in Phuket, if they present a negative Covid-19 test result. Travellers who wish to visit other destinations in Thailand will be required to stay in Phuket for at least 14 days.
Jetstar Asia’s Singapore-Phuket services will be operated using the Airbus A320, carrying up to 1,700 visitors a month. The airline is offering fares on the route starting from S$79 (US$58).
Jetstar Asia CEO Bara Pasupathi said the airline was excited to restart services to this popular destination as border restrictions begin to relax for vaccinated travellers.
“Initiatives like the sandbox scheme are important opportunities as we continue to ramp up our operations and respond to the increasing demand for leisure travel in the region,” he said.
The LCC also anticipates strong demand for the Phuket service from transit travellers connecting through Jetstar Asia’s Singapore Changi hub. Customers can connect between Phuket and a number of destinations in the airline’s network including Clark, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Penang and Phnom Penh.
Customers from Jetstar Asia’s partners Air France, KLM, British Airways and Emirates can also make one booking and transit through Singapore to and from Phuket.