Phuket opens flight to India

Phuket opens flight to India

Budget carrier THAI Smile, the sister airline of Thai Airways International, began direct flights between New Delhi and Phuket on Tuesday.

Flights to the Indian capital follow last weekend's start to flights between Phuket and Mumbai, and between Phuket and Kuala Lumpur.

THAI Smile operates four return flights a week to each of the three destinations. .

More than nine million local and foreign passengers visited Phuket last year, a 13 per cent rise from 2011.

Ranjuan Thongroot, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) office in New Delhi, said the first New Delhi-Phuket flight was full.

Ms Ranjuan said about a million Indian tourists visited Thailand last year, 20,000 of whom travelled to Phuket. Those numbers are expected to increase by 10 per cent this year, Ms Ranjuan said.

THAI Smile inaugurated its operation in July last year with the launch of twice-daily flights between Bangkok and Macau, using a 174-seat A320

Do you like the content of this article?

Virus world update

Daily death toll from coronavirus declines in some global hotspots, but Japan set for emergency as global cases near 1.3 million, deaths top 69,000.


'Don't hide details'

A tourist who died of Covid-19 had earlier withheld information about visits to a coronavirus hotspot, resulting in 112 medical staff being placed in quarantine.


Flight ban extended

Passenger flight arrival ban due to expire Monday extended to April 18, says Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand.