Emirates to boost flights to Phuket

18 Aug 2015 by Clement Huang

Emirates is increasing capacity of its flights to Phuket by 57 per cent, with four new weekly services from December 1.

This brings the total number of weekly services between Dubai and the Thai destination to 11.

Emirates executive vice president and chief commercial officer Thierry Antinori attributed the changes to growing passenger demand, and described the Dubai–Phuket route as “a solid success story”.

“The fact that we are now adding a further four weekly flights highlights not only the desirability of the destination but also the demand for passengers wishing to travel with Emirates,” said Antinori.

The new flights will be operated with a B777-300ER, featuring eight seats in first, 42 in business and 310 in economy. The growing number of premium seats reflects the diversification of Phuket from a predominantly tourist and leisure destination to a growing favourite for MICE delegates. 

Furthermore, Emirates enjoys a close codeshare partnership with Bangkok Airways (see here), and the added frequencies to Phuket could provide travellers with an alternative entry point to Thai cities, bypassing the congested Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Flight EK393 will depart Dubai at 2255 and arrive in Phuket at 0800 the following day. The return service on flight EK397 takes off from Phuket at 0930 and touch back down in Dubai at 1320. Days of operation are Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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Clement Huang

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