Seaplane shuttle takes off in Phuket

Destination Air Shuttle,
Thailand’s only seaplane shuttle service, will officially launch
services from Phuket International Airport beginning January 2007.Offering 12 flights per day, leaving every 2 hours from Phuket
International Airport, Destination Air Shuttle will serve Phi Phi
Island, Krabi and Koh Lanta. Further landing locations are planned for
Similans, Koh Racha, and Khao Lak.

Destination Air Shuttle provides reliable, safe and regular air shuttle
services that will connect with international airlines arriving to
Phuket. This significantly reduces the travel time from the usual
half-day overland trip to less than 13 minutes to Phi Phi, 20 minutes to
Krabi, and 30 minutes to Koh Lanta giving better accessibility in the
region. It departs from Phuket International Airport and lands directly
in the waterfront of most major hotel resorts.

As the only seaplane shuttle service in Thailand, guests can expect
Service Reliability by reserving their flights through travel agents or
directly through the Destination Air Shuttle website
(destinationair.com). Upon arrival, passengers will take transfers from
the international and domestic baggage claim area to the Destination Air
Shuttle terminal, a short 200 meters, adjoining the main terminal.

Passengers will board one of Destination Air Shuttle’s passenger
amphibian aircraft that take off from the runway and land in front of
their island resort. Its fleet includes Cessna 208 and 206 aircraft,
which are rated as the safest aircraft in the world and flown by
experienced international pilots individually selected for their many
years of safe flight experience and friendly customer service
capabilities.

Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) President and CEO Mr. Peter de
Jong said: “Accessibility is a key success factor for any destination.
The Thai Andaman region already enjoys international and domestic
accessibility via Phuket International Airport; however, Destination Air
Shuttle’s local service will distribute the benefits of international
and domestic travel much more broadly. Destination Air Shuttle will open
up new markets and opportunities for local people and the travel and
tourism industry across a much wider geographic area. That’s great news
for Thailand. We’re proud to have Destination Air Shuttle on board as a
PATA member, and wish it and the region it serves a most prosperous
2007.”

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Capt. Nithit Kesangam, CEO of Destination Air Shuttle, said: “This is an
outstanding service to hotels and tour operators in the Phuket area.
This is a fantastic shot in the arm for hotels and tourists going to Phi
Phi, Krabi, and Koh Lanta.”
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