On February 22nd 2011, at 3 p.m. Bangornrat Shinaprayoon, the Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket’s Office, and Lieut. Passakorn Sutthirak, acting for the Director of Phuket International Airport, welcomed passengers flying to Phuket with Airbus A300-200, flight VC240 of Strategic Airlines. This flight was the first flight of the airline’s new route, Melbourne – Phuket. There were 273 passengers on board the flight.
Apart from the flight from Melbourne, there was the first flight from Brisbane to Phuket on February 24th 2011. Strategic Airlines provides direct flights, Melbourne – Phuket and Brisbane – Phuket, twice a week.