By Daniel Andrews
Decision was made in response to high customer demand during the peak winter travel season
Emirates is to increase its service to Thailand’s Phuket from December 1 with an additional daily flight.
The Dubai airline will offer a double-daily service via its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with eight seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 310 in Economy Class.
The decision was in response to high customer demand during the peak winter travel season, according to the airline.
Commenting on the move Emirates executive vice president and chief commercial officer Thierry Antinori said: In response to strong demand, the introduction of a double daily service to Phuket will increase convenience and flexibility for visitors to the Southern region of Thailand, as well as make it easier for residents of the area to connect to Dubai and the rest of the world.
"With the ongoing expansion of Phuket International Airport set to double capacity, a twice-daily service provides Emirates with the perfect opportunity to further support the local travel and tourism industry.
“This newly added service will complement our existing six daily flights to Bangkok and our recent codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways, offering ease of connection to different cities across Southeast Asia to and from Dubai and providing a smoother, more convenient travel experience.”
EK396 will operate four times per week and will depart Dubai at 10:55m and arrive at Phuket at 8am the following day. The return flight, EK397 will depart Phuket at 9:30am and arrives in Dubai the same day at 1:20pm.
EK394 will operate three times per week and will depart Dubai at 8:05pm and arrive at Phuket at 5:10am the following day. The return flight, EK395 will depart Phuket at 7:10am and arrives in Dubai the same day at 11am.
In addition to Phuket, Emirates flies 42 times a week to Bangkok, and from December 1, four of the six daily flights to Bangkok will be served by an A380. The airline also recently announced a codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways, which added 19 routes across a number of Southeast Asian cities.