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A new series of flights between Russia and Surat Thani International Airport kicked off on December 27 with the charter Nordwind Airlines.
Russian tourists will be able to fly direct into the region, avoiding the monopoly at Koh Samui airport. They can then transfer to Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Ko-Phangan from the Surat Thani International Airport in Phunphin District via land transport and ferry. The airport is 21 kilometres west of Surat Thani city.
The seasonal flight schedule will continue up to late April and is expected to inject much-needed tourism numbers into the Gulf of Thailand islands.
Flights will be originating out of Moscow, Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirsk.
Currently Bangkok Airways command a monopoly for flights into Koh Samui at prices way above fares for similar routes of the same length around the region. Analysts have blamed the monopoly and high cost of travel to Samui for the island’s malaise in recent years.
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