Thai Airways to fly 5 Phuket routes to Europe

PHOTO: Thai Airways joins several other airlines flying to Phuket in July. (via theinspiration)

With several airlines in the Middle East announcing July 1 reopenings of flights to Phuket, Thai Airways has finally announced plans to fly in and out of the island from Europe. As the Phuket Sandbox plan climbs closer and closer to being officially approved, airlines are scheduling flights. Now Thai Airways has announced direct flights from 5 European cities beginning July 2.

According to an announcement on the struggling airline’s Facebook page, Thai Airways flights will operate to Phuket from the key European travel hubs of London, Paris, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, and Zurich. Thai Airways appears to also have planned flights from Hong Kong to Phuket beginning on July 2.

If Nick Thomas-Symonds gets his way, that Phuket-London route may face difficulties, as the Shadow Home Secretary of the United Kingdom has called for Thailand to be added to the Red List, forbidding all travellers coming from Thailand to enter the UK.

The Thai Airways flights will coincide with the sandbox reopening of Phuket to fully vaccinated international tourists, which recently passed the first step of the government’s approval process. The Cabinet is expected to approve the plan tomorrow and then it awaits publication in the Royal Gazette, making the proposal an officially approved plan.

The reopening has met criticism though, as while it did offer the convenience of allowing transit via Bangkok and clarifying the rules for children travelling, the main caveat that has snagged travellers attention is the expansion from 7 days to 14 days that arrivals must stay on Phuket. While allowed to wander, and free from a full quarantine, tourists will be forbidden from leaving the island even on popular day excursions to nearby islands.

The announcement by Thai Airways comes following several airlines releasing Phuket flight schedules this week. Qatar Airways announced first, with 4 scheduled flights a week. Etihad Airlines and Emirates Airways followed suit the next day, with 3 flights and 4 flights a week respectively. KLM was a bit more hesitant, announcing that Phuket would be on their flight schedules only from October on.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.


  1. Thailand a 14 months ago closed its borders to keep Covid-19 out now it is happy to reopen in an irresponsible manner now that has some of the highest infection rates given that widespread testing is not happening in Thailand and this greatly reducing the actual R number. It’s a matter of now we are riddled with COVID let the tourists in and of course if you fall ill in Phuket the Private hospitals will be ready to detain you for 14 days with the most expensive hospital bills the insurance maybe will pay. Thailand wanted nobody to enter when they were clean but now they are the dirty dog they have decided to share their pandemic with anyone willing to pay. After all Thais are the nicest people

  2. @Mark Adams

    Yes,its better they keep the dirty old dog’s outside the not so smiling country….!At least they should try to clean the dirtiest of them all first!there are a lot!!! Let them dream and we will enjoy the shame game from abroad.Maybe smile together in 2025!!

  3. Who will want to fly with Thai Airways after all of what has happened? Only Qatar has never stopped flying as long as airport were open and they refunded your money no questions asked.

  4. anybody thinking of flying from the uk even if thailand remains an amber list country needs to be very careful about insurance.already seen a few claims null and voided in other places due to the fact the foreign office recomends not to travel to amber list countries for leisure purposes at this time.they will happily take your money and give you the policy as normal could be exposing yourself to huge liability if anything at all goes wrong during the trip.

  5. Headline this morning saying UK may ban ALL International travel. Poor Boris has become the guy from “Men in Black”. But Boris the moron rather than Boris the animal.
    It’s not about covid anymore because most in the UK are vaccinated. So it’s either the vaccine doesn’t work OR its about control of not just people but MONEY! They don’t want lots of cash leaving the country with tourists maybe! Does the vaccine actually work? If yes then open all borders to the vaccinated. Right?

  6. I dont know why these airlines are preparing flights to Phuket. They are wasting their time. Firstly, this government has no F**kin idea what they’re doing with “plans” changing by the hour. Secondly, who wants to go on a holiday when everything is closed and as we know, Phuket is a big rip off. i can see this program being “highly successful” and “well thought out” just like the STV program for Phuket they came up with last October when a whopping 140 Chinese tourists turned up

  7. Australia has denied entry to foreigners and even returning Australians stating the half of every flight arriving were Covid positive who had boarded positive….obviously a lot of fake Covid documents for sale in the countries where the flights originated. We all know the Indian subcontinent and Africa are a horror show of raging Covid slaughter. Of course desperate people there would lie and buy fake documents just to escape and use the UAE, Doha, Dubai hubs as backdoors to fly out of the death zone. Canada also has allowed Indians and Pakistani travelers to import Covid cases by the tens of thousand. In Canada’s case the dead number over 30.000 . Is filling a barstool in Phuket really that important to the Thai economic strategy? Perhaps Thai exploiters should take a step back and rethink the economy into one that is not reliant on whores and boozers? They keep saying they want a diversified economy. Why not do something….now.

  8. “Australia has denied entry to foreigners and even returning Australians stating the half of every flight arriving were Covid positive who had boarded positive”

    For once, @J Weat (West?), we’re in absolute agreement (although I think you made a typo and meant “… arriving were Covid positive who had boarded Covid negative”).

    The tests and vaccination “passports” are worthless.

    Canada found entire flights arriving with forged papers. The UK Border Agency reports that 10% of arrivals have forged papers just from finding simple spelling mistakes!

    There’s no way of verifying any of these papers, so until there is the only way of checking is with quarantine.

    I doubt the numbers will be much as I doubt the take up will be much, but the numbers are likely to be highest among those more likely to want to get out of a Covid hotspot (India, the Middle East, etc) even if it’s out of the frying pan and into the fire.

    However low the numbers, though, why add to them?

  9. Its so obvious that the TAT is perpetuating the “Sandbox” myth in the hopes that public opinion will somehow not block Thailand out of their minds completely. Within weeks the airlines will severely reduce the number of flights into Phuket or cancel them altogether, Two weeks on a closed island ? Not to mention the increased cost to the traveler. None of it makes any sense except for the desperate local or business person who must return. This scheme may well do more harm than good to the Thai tourism industry. Ironically it appears that the covid death rate is 1% of infected people.

  10. if and when the creditors and courts agree to another bailout curtesy from the tax payers,then they have to fly in the qualified engineers to service the airplanes that been standing idle for 15 months,cant see thaiairways flying until last Q4 if at all

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