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Emirates service from Phuket-Dubai

By on Oct 30, 2012 in Property News

Emirates will turn Phuket into its second Thai port of call after Bangkok with direct service from its Dubai home base starting in December.

Emirates will deploy A340-300s like the one shown here on the Phuket-Dubai route.

It will be the second cash-rich Middle East airline after Qatar Airways to operate scheduled flights through this southern resort island, perhaps Thailand’s best known beach holiday destination among international tourists.

The airline will launch its first daily Phuket-Dubai service on board an Airbus 340-300 wide-body jet on Dec 10 to cash in on a new non-stop route expected to be used largely by leisure travellers.

From the Thai capital, Emirates now operates 28 flights a week to Dubai, seven a week to Hong Kong and seven a week to Sydney and Christchurch.

Emirates’ Phuket debut makes the airline the first to connect the Thai resort island directly with the Middle East.

Virasakdi Vongkositkul, Emirates’ sales manager for Thailand and Indochina, said nearly all preparations necessary for the airline’s Dubai-Phuket launch including ground support and local staff recruitment are in an advanced stage.

Emirates expects most passengers bound for Phuket will be transferring on flights through the airlines’ Dubai hub from Scandinavia, the UK, Germany, Switzerland and the UAE, in that order.

Flight slots are limited at the overcrowded Phuket airport, where a 930-day expansion project recently started.

But Prathuang Sornkhom, Phuket airport’s general manager, said the facility can still accommodate Emirates, as the airline made its request far in advance.

Emirates is one of only a few international airline newcomers that have managed to make flight debuts at Phuket airport in the coming Northern Hemisphere winter season that officially began for the airline industry yesterday.

Airports of Thailand Plc said Phuket airport will see the second-largest volume boost in passenger traffic in the new season, with a 23.9% rise to 31,000 travellers a day. Flight numbers will increase to 178 a day from 163.

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Source : Bangkok Post 29 October 2012

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