First European flight lands on Phuket

14 Nov 2011

The first direct scheduled airline flight from Europe landed at Phuket International Airport on Saturday afternoon. THAI Airways flight TG 953 from Copenhagen, with 336 passengers on board, touched down on schedule to mark the milestone occasion for the southern Thai airport. 

Among the passengers on the Boeing 747-400 were Piyawat Niyomrerks, the Thai ambassador to Denmark, and various tourism officials from the two nations. Phuket governor Tri Augkaradacha and Surapon Sewatasenee, the Thai tourist authority director, led a party of delegates in welcoming passengers as they disembarked from TG 953.

The flights will leave Copenhagen at 20:45 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and arrive at Phuket Airport at 13:20 on the next afternoon. There is no direct return service as yet and travelers can take any THAI service to Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok and then one of the daily flights from there back to Copenhagen.

THAI is also increasing its Bangkok to Copenhagen flight frequency. On Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays TG952 will depart from Suvarnabhumi at 13:00 and arrive in Copenhagen at 18:45 local time on the same day.

The new flight schedule coincides with the start of Phuket’s peak visitor season and marks the island’s increasing importance as a holiday destination for international jetsetters. Phuket is popular with people from Scandinavia. Thai tourism figures reveal that 65 per cent of the 150,000 visitors who came from there in 2010 showed up in Phuket at some point on their holidays.    

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