Phuket Airport welcomes 32 international flights since reopening


Direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Dubai, Singapore and elsewhere have brought nearly 2,000 visitors to Phuket since the day it reopened on July 1. (File photo – Had Mai Khao Beach near Phuket Airport)

The first 5 days of the Phuket Sandbox program saw 32 inbound flights land in Phuket from Europe, the Middle East and Asia, bringing 1,896 foreign arrivals to the island.

These were operated by Thai Airways International (THAI) from Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Paris, London and Zurich, Singapore Airlines from Singapore, Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi, Emirates from Dubai, Qatar Airways from Doha, EL AL Israel Airlines from Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion, and two private airlines from San José and Dubai.

Among passengers arriving in Phuket on these flights between July 1 and July 5, no COVID-19 infection was found. The three cases reported on July 5 were all local.

Phuket’s commitment to reopen safely to fully vaccinated visitors includes the vaccination program for 70% of the island’s population. As of July 5, 84% of people had received their first dose of the vaccine, while 67% had received both doses.

The total number of flights to Phuket in July 2021 is expected to be around 426, with an average of 13 flights per day. For the month, there are 11,894 passengers with reservations in Phuket on six airlines divided into 8,281 inbound passengers and 3,613 outbound passengers.

TAT expects 100,000 foreign tourists to visit Phuket in the third quarter of 2021 (July-September) generating 8.9 billion baht in revenue for the local economy.

As for accommodation, advance reservations for SHA Plus hotels in Phuket for July-September amount to 116,842 overnight stays. Of this total, 106,883 nights are for July (91%), 8,147 for August (7%), 857 for September (0.7%) and 955 for October 2021-February 2022 (0.8%).

TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said: “The successful and safe reopening of Phuket to tourism for all visitors, local and foreign, is of paramount importance. This marks the start of the crucial revitalization of Phuket and, subsequently, other destinations around Thailand – something that TAT is fully committed to and determined to see come to fruition.

Phuket having reopened thanks to the launch of the Phuket Sandbox program, the next destination to reopen in the same way without any quarantine requirement will be Surat Thani province from July 15, 2021, under the “Samui +” program, covering Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao.

It will be followed on September 1, 2021 by Krabi (Ko Phi Phi, Ko Ngai and Railay Beach), Phang Nga (Khao Lak and Ko Yao), Chiang Mai (Mueang and Mae Rim districts, Mae Taeng and Doi Tao), Chon Buri (Pattaya, Bang Lamung and Sattahip) and Buri Ram (Mueang district and Chang Arena).

The scheduled date for the reopening of Bangkok, Phetchaburi (Cha-am) and Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin) is October 1, 2021. The rest of Thailand is expected to reopen throughout October.


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