Emirates will operates four new weekly flights between Dubai and Phuket from December 1st, 2015.
Adding a capacity increase of 57 per cent the four new flights will introduce connectivity from most cities in the Americas for the first time as well as improve connections to a number of destinations in Europe and the Middle East where Emirates currently flies from more than 50 cities.
“Since the launch in 2012 Phuket has been 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 Thierry Antinori, Emirates executive vice president.
“These new flights have been well timed to not only maximise connections across our network but also allow for a morning arrival in Phuket, giving travellers even more time to enjoy the island and its surrounds.”
Phuket is the gateway to the southern part of Thailand making it easier for people to expand their travels to Khao Lak, Phang-nga, KohSamui, Trang, as well as Krabi and Koh Lipe.
Known for its abundance of white, sandy beaches and easy access to the Andaman Sea for world class diving, Phuket has grown in popularity as an international destination, welcoming more than six million visitors to the island in the first five months of 2015.
Emirates will operate the new weekly flights with a Boeing 777-300ER, offering eight seats in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class and 310 Economy Class seats.
Emirates’ increase in flights to Phuket closely follows the announcement of the airline’s codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways, which has added 14 new destinations to the Emirates network.
Together with this codeshare agreement and the increased capacity to Phuket, Emirates’ customers now have even greater flexibility when planning their travel throughout south-east Asia.
EK396 will depart Dubai International Airport at 22:55 and arrive at Phuket International Airport at 08:00 the following day.
The return flight, EK397 will depart Phuket at 09:30 and arrives in Dubai the same day at 13:20.
Emirates has 42 weekly flights to Bangkok and currently has seven weekly flights to Phuket.