More good news for international travel to and from Phuket with 2 new international routes through Phuket being announced.
Qatar Airways has launched its 2nd destination in Thailand with scheduled flights to Phuket to Doha. The new route forms part of a concerted push by the airline to capitalise on tourist traffic to the island.
Qatar Airways also announced that it would increase daily flights from Doha to Bangkok from twice daily, to three times a day, effective from November 1.
Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways commented: "Visitor numbers to Phuket are on the rise and Qatar Airways will look to take advantage of our European connections from countries like Russia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, the UK and other parts of Europe to bring them to Phuket. Foreign visitors are expected to top 4.5 million in 2010 and with only a handful of airlines offering flights from Europe, the opportunity is there for us to acquire market share,"
The route will cut hours out of journey times to and from the Middle East and Europe by omitting the Bangkok leg of the route.
Meanwhile, Aeroflot is to start a direct Phuket from Moscow route three times a week from December 29 using their Airbus A330s.