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Airlines adding flights and extra seat capacity to Phuket for coming winter season

Bangkok, 30 October, 2017 – Arguably Thailand’s most famous beach destination, Phuket is almost synonymous with a holiday in ‘The Land of Smiles’. Boasting some of the most beautiful beaches in Southeast Asia, extensive accommodation ranging from budget to ultra-luxury and plenty of fun activities and sightseeing opportunities, it isn’t hard to see why.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “Phuket continues to attract an increasing number of international tourists, in particular during the European winter. This peak season for Phuket begins in late October, and TAT offices in key overseas markets are already actively promoting the island as a must-visit location while holidaying in Thailand.”

Anticipating increased visitor traffic to and from Phuket during the peak season, several airlines in the region are either adding new flights or increasing the frequency on existing services.

Among these is the national flag carrier Thai Airways International, which on 29 October will boost its current Beijing – Phuket service from four flights to seven flights a week. At the same time it will switch aircraft used on the route from a 264-seat Boeing 787 to a 299-seat Airbus A330.

Vietnamese carrier Vietjet will launch a new Ho Chi Minh City – Phuket service on 15 December, with four flights a week using an Airbus A320 with seat capacity of 180.

AirAsia meanwhile will introduce a twice daily flight to Phuket from Macau starting on 8 January 2018, also using an Airbus A320. Phuket is considered a top destination for travelers from Macau and China.

Mr. Yuthasak said, “The addition of more flights and extra seat capacity will mean even more choice and flexibility for tourists when organising their travel plans to Phuket and indeed elsewhere in Thailand.”

A positive development in recent Thai tourism news was the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) lifting earlier this month of the red flag imposed on Thailand since 2015 over significant safety concerns in the country’s aviation sector. While indicating that Thailand had addressed these issues, it has also freed up airlines to consider new routes and/or frequency increases to popular destinations like Phuket.

*Featured image: Karon Beach, Phuket

Thailand increases air access to key destinations across country

Bangkok, 30 October, 2017 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is in discussion with Thai airlines nationwide to boost air access to key destination across the country in time for the upcoming peak season arrivals.

Thailand increases air access to key destinations across country

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor recently held meetings with Thai airlines discussing opportunities to boost tourism on both trunk and secondary routes to stimulate inbound and domestic travel from key markets including Europe, the Americas, Middle East, and Asia Pacific as well as from the neighbouring countries.

“This is in line with our plan to increase the foreign tourism revenue for 2018 by at least 10 per cent,” he said. “The increased air access also corresponds with the Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018, starting from 1 November this year.”

Thailand increases air access to key destinations across countryAirlines attending the 20 October meeting at the TAT Headquarters have included Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, Thai AirAsia, Thai AirAsia X, Thai Smile Airways, Nok Air, Nok Scoot, Thai Lion Air, NewGen Airways, and MJet. These airlines recently announced new and increased services.

Thai Airways International (THAI) launches a new Bangkok-Vienna service from 16 November, and also partners with Thai Smile Airways to fly between Bangkok and Kaohsiung from 1 October.

From 29 October, THAI will increase its existing Beijing–Phuket service from four to seven flights per week. Bangkok Airways will start flying between Bangkok and Vietnam’s Phu Quoc, and Nok Air will fly direct between Mae Sot and Yangon. From 3 December, NewGen Airways will operate new services to Chiang Mai and Phuket from Korat.

These are just a few of the many new routes launched since the beginning of 2017 by Thailand-based and overseas airlines as previously reported by TAT Newsroom (New flights strengthen Thailand’s status as global aviation hub).

“All this comes as great news and is perfectly times, especially since UN International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) recently lifted its warnings on Thai airlines from its website,” said Mr. Yuthasak.

According to local media reports, THAI is planning more routes to Japan, South Korea and the United States while Nok Air is eyeing expanding its network to Japan and South Korea. Thai AirAsia X is also expected to open new routes to South Korea and Japan.


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Exhibition of the Royal Crematorium for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej opens in November

Exhibition of the Royal Crematorium for the late King Bhumibol opens in November

The Government Public Relations Department of Thailand (PRD) has announced that the exhibition of the Royal Crematorium for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be open for viewing by the general public from 2 to 30 November, 2017, between 07:00 and 22:00 Hrs.

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will preside over the opening ceremony of the exhibition on 2 November, 2017, according to the PRD.

The public will be able to view the Royal Crematorium and the supplementary structures in the exhibition in order to learn more about arts and culture regarding this ceremony.

The exhibition, at the Royal Merit-Making Pavilion, or Phra Thinang Song Tham, will feature His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s biography and royally initiated projects in all parts of the country.

At the Government Officials’ Pavilions, or Sala Luk Khun, the exhibition will illustrate the construction of the Royal Crematorium, the renovation of royal chariots and palanquins, as well as the inclusion of architectural works and artistic creations.

During the exhibition period, cultural shows will be performed between 18:00 and 22:00 Hrs.

Groups of 5,500 people will be allowed to visit the Royal Crematorium for about an hour at a time; it is expected to serve 104,000 people per day.

Officers and volunteers will be on site to provide guidance and assistance to the general public, persons with disabilities, elderly persons, monks, and foreign visitors.

There will be five screening points at entrances to the site: three for the general public, one for persons with disabilities, and one for monks.

Those who wish to enter into the exhibition’s grounds should wear respectful clothing.

The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) will arrange a total of six bus routes between 05:00 and 23:00 Hrs. to facilitate the travel of the people who wish to attend the exhibition.

Source: Foreign Office, The Government Public Relations Department, Office of the Prime Minister
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