MIAMI – Thai Airways (TG) will commence direct flights from Phuket to Zurich, Paris, Copenhagen, London, and Frankfurt, starting July 2, 2021, as the country prepares to revive its tourism.
The decision came right after the government confirmed to reopen Phuket to fully vaccinated tourists.
Routing and Aircraft
These flights will follow a Triangular scheduled pattern with the inbound leg from Europe to Phuket being direct and then on to Bangkok. These flights will depart from Europe post noon and arrive early next morning at Phuket (HKT).
The Airbus A350-900 will serve Frankfurt (FRA) and Copenhagen (CPH), The Boeing 787-8 on the Zurich (ZRH) and Paris(CDG) route and finally the Boeing 777-300Er to London Heathrow(LHR).
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) spokesperson, Siripakorn stated, “Our travel surveys in several countries found tourists still want to come to Thailand, but seek unique quality experiences.”
The airline, through its wholly-owned subsidiary – Thai Smile, has increased its frequency on the Hong Kong (HKG) – Phuket route to four weekly flights starting 02 July as well.
The flag carrier also plans two routes from Asian cities – Seoul (ICN) and Taipei (TPE) — to Phuket from July, while a route to Tokyo still awaits confirmation.
The race to Phuket (HKT) is on with Qatar Airways, Emirates (EK), British Airways (BA), El Al, and Singapore Airlines (SQ) hoping to attract tourists back to the island.
Thai Airways HS-TTA Boeing 777-300ER. Photo: Andrew Henderson/Airways