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Emirates and Etihad announce July Phuket flights

PHOTO: Emirates and Etihad planes are flying to Phuket again (via Flickr Rattaphol Kerdkaen)

Joining in support of reopening Phuket, Emirates Airlines and Etihad Airways have both announced flights resuming in July. Etihad Airways will start back up flights from the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi on July 1, while Emirates Airlines will resume flights from Dubai on July 2. Qatar Airways had announced yesterday that they will be resuming flights to Phuket on July 1 as well.

In the announcement of the recommencement of flights to Phuket, Emirates confirmed they will operate 4 flights each week to bring international tourists back in Phuket’s tourism sandbox scheme. The statement called arrival into Phuket “hassle-free” for vaccinated travellers, with no quarantine required for arriving passengers.

“With measures in place to ensure a safe reboot of Phuket’s tourism industry, customers travelling to the destination known for its sprawling beaches and white sands will enjoy quarantine-free travel to one of the world’s most-loved holiday spots.”

The Dubai to Phuket flight route will leave the UAE at 3 am on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, arriving the same day in the afternoon at 12:30 pm. They will fly a Boeing 777-300ER with First Class, Business Class, and Economy Class. The return flight will leave Phuket 12 hours later, just after midnight at 12:10 am, the early mornings of Wednesday, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, arriving at 3:05 am in the UAE.

Emirates Airlines resumed flights to Bangkok in September 2020, and will now add direct Phuket flights to their schedule, citing it as a holiday favourite for the Middle East and Europe.

From Abu Dhabi, Etihad is also excited about their relaunch, announcing flights to Phuket 3 times a week. They will fly with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner configured with their signature classes of Economy Space and Neighbour-free seating. They announced the relaunch with a 2-day sales event, offering flights from UAE to Phuket starting at AED 995, about 8,400 baht for a roundtrip flight. They also offer business class fares until November 20 starting at AED 6,995, about 59,000 baht.

The airline has focuses its efforts on new safety programmes, such as launching Etihad Wellness at Abu Dhabi airport to ensure hygiene and sanitisation. They also created the Verified to Fly program where passengers can validate all their Covid-19 documents in advance of travel to allow fast track Covid-19 safe check-in once they arrive at the airport.

Today’s announcements from Etihad and Emirates to Phuket follow yesterday’s announcement of Qatar Airways running 4 flights a week starting on July 1, and Dutch airline KLM planning flights direct from Amsterdam to Phuket starting in October.

SOURCE: The Phuket News and Albawawa

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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.

8 Comments

  1. I have to say that I do love the confidence of these airlines. How it will pan out…who knows! Paradoxically, it does put pressure on the Thai Government to get everyone in Phuket vaccinated. News will soon travel and the flights will be cancelled by the airlines if Phuket’s citizens aren’t fully vaccinated. So I guess the Thai Government will need to “walk the talk”.

  2. Hasn’t anyone told Thailand that the UAE is red-listed and high risk?

    And that children who will be unvaccinated and untested, both on arrival and afterwards, are statistically asymptomatic and super-spreaders?

    And that the UAE is particularly high risk because it’s an epicentre for the Beta / SA variant?

    Or do those who are so set on opening Phuket on 1 July, even if less than 30% are likely to be fully vaccinated, just not give a shit?

  3. I don’t know about Emirates but beware that with Etihad it is not likely you will see your money back if flight get cancelled or if you can’t take the flight due to covid restrictions.
    Qatar Airways is the way to go!
    I had my flights cancelled a few time when trying to go out of Phuket during last year lockdown, no problem to get refunded or rescheduled changing aiports for both take off and landing.

  4. @Tim Houston – I had to sue Qatar for a new flight on BA back to the UK when they left me stranded a few years ago Tim.
    I explained the matter in great detail by email for three days but they just ignored the blatant proof.
    They paid in the end with plenty of extra expenses.

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