Yesterday we reported on Qatar Airlines plans to restart flights to Phuket from 1st July. Today we have more positive news for travellers and tourist organisations as Emirates and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines confirm their plans to the island province.
Picture Phuket from the skies credit Bao Menglong on Unsplash
The Dutch airline KLM plans to fly from Amsterdam, via Malaysia, to Phuket on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from October.
The route was launched as part of a wider announcement of new routes to Mombasa, Orlando, Cancun, Bridgetown and Port of Spain.
“With the general situation and outlook now improving, network expansion is back on the agenda. We have chosen destinations where recovery will be quickest. The six new destinations fit the bill.”KLM
The flights, using Boeing 777-300 aircraft, will take off from Amsterdam at 8.50pm, landing at 3.45pm the following day in Kuala Lumpur. It will then leave KL at 5.05pm, landing in Phuket at 5.35pm.
Return flights will leave Phuket at 8.00pm, landing in Kuala Lumpur at 10.30pm before leaving KL at 11.50pm and arriving in Amsterdam at 5.55am the following day.
“For KLM, this represents the next, significant step towards rebuilding its network… We will serve as many as 99 destinations in Europe during summer and, with this latest expansion, will significantly strengthen KLM’s intercontinental network for the winter.”Pieter Elbers, CEO KLM
Emirates have confirmed four flights per week on their Dubai-Phuket route starting on 2nd July.
Flights will depart Dubai at 3am on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, arriving in Phuket at 12.30pm.
Return flights will depart at 12.10am on Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday arriving in Dubai at 3.02am.
The route will use Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with First, Business and Economy class options.
Phuket will begin the long path to recovery on 1 July when the Thai government launches its “Sandbox Project”, which will open the tourist island to vaccinated travellers without the need for quarantine. By October, the programme should be fully operational, with most of Phuket’s 500,000 residents vaccinated. Initially, only foreign nationals from listed low to medium risk countries will be allowed to fly direct to Phuket, but by October, the gates should open fully with visa, and other requirements eased.
Phuket is due to open to vaccinated travellers from 1st July without the requirement for them to quarantine. A further 10 areas of Thailand are then due to open under similar schemes from October.
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