To help contain the spread of Covid-19, domestic flights within Thailand were recently suspended, causing transport issues for many visitors to the Phuket Sandbox. Now there is better news as some internal flights are due to return to service.
Main picture Bangkok Airways flight at Samui Airport credit Goh Rhy Yan on Unsplash
Following the launch of the Samui Plus programme in mid July, 257 travellers foreign tourists had travelled from the Phuket Sandbox to Samui, as an extension of their journey.
However this was halted when the domestic flights were suspended on 3rd August, initially until 16th August, which was then extended until the end of the month.
Following industry pleas Bangkok Airways will resume flights between Phuket and Koh Samui on 25th August, with additional flights following on the 27th and 30th August.
It is hoped that this will help to encourage more people to visit both Phuket and Samui in preparation for the start of the Phuket Extension that will include Samui as well as areas of Phangnga and Krabi.
Reports suggest that Phuket Sandbox travellers will be able to fly to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports from next month.
Anyone taking advantage of the flights will need to have completed the full 14 day Sandbox period if they want to visit Bangkok or other provinces in Thailand, which will also be dependent on current travel restrictions in the country. Transit travellers will be allowed for up to 24 hours but will not be allowed to leave the airport if they have not completed the full 14 days in Phuket.
Source: Bangkok Post
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