THAI to add India to Phuket flights

13 Feb 2012

Thai Airways has announced it has plans to start an India to Phuket flight schedule. The Thai national carrier says that, subject to approval by aviation authorities, it will initially run flights in the low season period from April to July.  

At present, travellers from India wishing to enjoy Phuket’s abundant draws have to change flights in Bangkok. THAI flies between that city’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and New Delhi twice a day, and Mumbai 13 times a week.

The carrier’s Indian manager, Korakot Chatasingha, said that two flights a week from both Mumbai and New Delhi will fly directly to Phuket. The 300-seat Airbus A330s on the return leg to India will fly via Bangkok. Mr Chatasingha added that Indian visitors were reluctant to visit Phuket as it involved the hassle of changing aeroplanes.

Mr Chatasingha said that if the Phuket flight schedule proved popular, then it might be extended through to September and revamped to include other Indian cities in 2013. Thailand is a popular destination for Indian holidaymakers, but many only visit Bangkok and Pattaya as both are within a one-hour taxi trip after arrival at Suvarnabhumi.

One Bangkok based tour operator that deals with Indian visitors welcomed the proposals, saying that at present only 30 per cent of its customers chose a Phuket holiday. An agent for the operator cited accessibility as the reason Indians chose Pattaya over Phuket.  

At Phuket’s Novotel, sales director Sopa Sonin said that the Andaman resort island was more expensive than Pattaya, yet still offered excellent value for money. 

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