Phuket continues to be one of the most popular winter holiday destinations seeing 48 airlines now operating 771 flights per week through its airport during this winter schedule from 27 October, 2013 to 29 March, 2014, a 27.37 per cent increase on the same time last year.
Mr. Suraphon Svetasreni, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said “The increasing number of flights to Phuket reaffirms the popularity of the Thai southern island as the preferred destination for winter holidays especially for long-haul travellers from Scandinavia, the UK and Europe.”
According to Phuket International Airport, a total of 40 regular and eight charter airlines are operating an average of 110 flight-routes, totalling 220 flight movements, per day between Phuket and various cities worldwide.
Of the total 771 flights per week, there are 451 international flights, up from 301 flights during the 2012/2013 winter period. The number of domestic flights per week has also increased from 259 to 320 flights.
The Governor added, “Phuket offers a remarkable variety of tourist attractions and activities, ranging from unique culture, Sino-Portuguese architecture, abundant natural beauty, and shopping, as well as a wide range of accommodation including many luxury pool villa resorts.”