Finnair adds Phuket flights

Finnair adds Phuket flightsFinnair, the flag carrier and largest airline of Finland, commenced operations to its second destination in Thailand on 14 November, launching twice-weekly flights (Fridays and Saturdays) from its Helsinki (HEL) base to Phuket (HKT). The 8,312-kilometre sector was converted from a charter service, and will be served until 28 March utilising the oneworld member’s A340-300s. Interestingly, the new service will see a frequency increase to thrice-weekly from 14 December.

Phuket welcomes inaugural direct Etihad flight

Phuket welcomes inaugural direct Etihad flightEtihad’s inaugural direct flight from Abu Dhabi touched down at Phuket International Airport at 6pm local time on Sunday 26th October 2014 and was welcomed by a traditional water cannon salute, a gathering of local officials and airline representatives, and a traditional Thai dance performance.

Speaking prior to the flight taking off from Abu Dhabi at 8.40AM, Etihad’s President & CEO James Hogan said “The new Phuket route is a natural expansion of our Thai network and a strong addition to our portfolio of leisure destinations, and with attractive departure and arrival times the new service will contribute greatly to the growth of tourism to the region.”

Bangkok Airways “PG Live Chat”

Bangkok Airways “PG Live Chat”Recently, Bangkok Airways introduced a new channel of communication between passengers and airline’s Reservations & Ticketing office (including Call Center 1771). now has a “Live Chat Platform” to facilitate and enhance the services offered to passengers.

Mr. Prote Setsuwan, Vice President – Marketing of Bangkok Airways said “Bangkok Airways is committed to developing innovative systems by introducing new technology to make our passenger flying experience more convenient. PG Live Chat, as a new communication channel between passengers and our reservations & ticket office will allow passengers to make bookings through the website, manage their bookings and gather general information 24 hours a day.”

Passengers, who are interested in communicating with the airline through PG Live Chat, can simply access under Passenger Service and then select PG Live Chat. For more information, please call 1771 Call Center 24hrs (3 baht /min. within Thailand with landline only)

Bangkok Airways Launches “Bike On Board” Campaign

Bangkok Airways Launches “Bike On Board” Campaign
Varn Varn – Aroonnapa Panichjaroon, actress from Ch. 3 and one of Thailand’s most renowned celebrity cyclists.

Bangkok Airways kicks off its “Bike On Board” campaign to offer free bicycle loading apart from personal baggage. The 1st phase of the airline’s new service commenced on 15 October 2014 and will end on 29 March 2015 on its entire network except sectors that are operated by ATR aircraft.

For more information please call 24-hour call center 1771 or click

Thai AirAsia Launches Promotional Fares

Thai AirAsia Launches Promotional FaresThai AirAsia has launched a promotion with base fares from as low as 490 THB per way for domestic flights, and 2,190 THB per way for Fly-Thru flights.

The promo seats are available for flights to various destinations in Thailand such as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Ubon Ratchathani, Phitsanulok, Khon Kaen, Sakon Nakhon, Krabi, Trang, Hat Yai, Surat Thani, Phuket, and Nakhon Sri Thammarat.

Travellers can also take advantage of AirAsia’s Fly-Thru transit options via Bangkok Don Mueang Airport by traveling from Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi, Hat Yai and Chiang Rai to destinations such as Chongqing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Siam Reap, Ho Chi Minh, and other destinations starting from 2,190 THB per way.

Bookings must be made by 5 October 2014 for travel between 15 January 2015 and 30 March 2015.

“Our low fares have played an important role in increasing passenger traffic, boosting tourism, promoting trade and stimulating the growth of the market. With the current promotion of fares from as low as 490 THB to various domestic and international destinations, local and foreign tourists can take advantage of our unbelievable low fares and discover the wonderful offerings of Thailand and the region,” said Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia. “Our Fly-Thru service presents enhanced convenience and makes multiple city flights easier and much more efficient. Fly-Thru also allows our guests to benefit most from the strength of our connectivity and network to various destinations in the region and beyond.”

The base fares quoted exclude airport tax & fuel surcharge, and other optional charges / fees. Terms and conditions apply.

Phuket to gain direct flights from Doha

Phuket to gain direct flights from DohaQatar Airways will boost services to Thailand with the introduction of non-stop flights to Phuket, effective October 26th, 2014. The airline currently serves the Doha – Phuket route daily via a linked service through the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “The start of non-stop services from Doha to Phuket offers travellers from around the world access to the popular tourist destination in a reduced time, from across our expanding global network.”

“With the upcoming winter holidays, this is a great opportunity for travellers from the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas to plan their break with a beach vacation to Phuket. Visitor numbers to Phuket are on the rise and Qatar Airways will look to take advantage of the non-stop connections to the city in the days to come,” he said.

The direct flights to Phuket will be operated with an Airbus A330 in a two class-configuration of 24 seats in Business Class and 236 in Economy. Passengers can look forward to exceptional levels of comfort and Qatar Airways’ renowned award-winning Five Star hospitality.

Qatar Airways started operations in Thailand more than 14 years ago with non-stop flights linking Doha with Bangkok. The carrier now serves the Thai capital three-times-daily and will increase that to four-times-daily from December 16th, 2014.

Qatar Airways launched daily flights from Doha to Phuket via Kuala Lumpur in 2010. The new non-stop service from October 26th will facilitate shorter travel times for the growing number of tourists to Phuket and for those heading out of Thailand.

Europe is a particularly strong growth visitor market for Phuket with the UK, Russia, Germany, France and Italy among the top five feeder markets. This makes Doha a strategic linking point for long-haul trips, thanks to the opening of the world’s newest aviation hub, the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport. Passengers travelling from European cities to Phuket can relax, unwind, and freshen up in the modern world-class facility before they connect to Phuket.

“A dedicated non-stop Phuket service will help meet the growing demand the airline has for this particular destination. Moreover, Europe is an extremely popular destination for a number of Thailand-based locals as well. We are therefore very pleased to be able to continue to offer more options to those looking to travel with us and enjoy our award-winning five-star service,” added Mr. Al Baker.

Qatar Airways, the State of Qatar’s national airline, has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operation, to the point where today it is flying a modern fleet of 135 aircraft to 144 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

The Doha (DOH) – Phuket (HKT) Daily Flight Schedule Commencing October 26 (all times local):

Depart Doha (DOH) QR840 at 0700 hrs, Arrive Phuket (HKT) at 1740 hrs

Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays
Depart Phuket (HKT) QR841 at 1930 hrs, Arrive Doha (DOH) at 2250 hrs
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Depart Phuket (HKT) QR841 at 1905 hrs, Arrive Doha (DOH) at 2225 hrs


Jetstar Asia introduces Straight-to-Gate to travellers from Phuket

Jetstar Asia introduces Straight-to-Gate to travellers from PhuketJetstar Asia customers travelling from Phuket will now be able to experience ‘Straight to Gate’, an enhanced web check-in service that offers customers without check-in baggage or visa requirements to skip the queues and head Straight-to-Gate.

More than 80,000 customers from Phuket without check-in bags are expected to be able to use the service this year from 1 July 2014.

Jetstar Asia CEO Barathan Pasupathi said that this innovative solution is expected to enhance the travel experience for our customers and streamline Jetstar Asia’s operations at Phuket International Airport.

“Today’s travellers want to minimise the time they take from their front door or hotel to the plane. This service will allow our travellers to check-in at home, at the hotel or at the office.

“Straight-to-Gate also means our operations team can focus more on serving our customers with checked bags and special needs, fast-tracking the check-in process during busy holiday periods,” he said.

Since the start of the service in Singapore in November last year, more than 45% of Jetstar Asia passengers with carry-on baggage only, have been eligible to use Straight-to-Gate.

HRH Princess Ubolratana visits Bangkok Airways’ booth at ITB 2014

HRH Princess Ubolratana visits Bangkok Airways’ booth at ITB 2014HRH Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Siri Vadhana Phannavadi visited Bangkok Airways’ booth at the fairground of Internationale Tourismus Boerse 2014 (ITB) currently being held in Berlin, Germany. The Princess was greeted by Bangkok Airways’ President – Capt. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth (sat-down, far right in photo) together with M.L. Nandhika Varavarn – Vice President, Corporate Communicatications (sat-down, 2nd left), Mr. Peter Wiesner Senior Vice President – Network Management (back row, 2nd right) and executives from Sales Department. ITB Berlin is respected as the word’s leading travel show and is currently being held in Berlin until March 9, 2014. Bangkok Airways first stand entered the fair in 1998.

Phuket Airport numbers still increasing

Phuket Airport numbers still increasingAirports of Thailand reports January data showed increases in both aircraft movements and passenger traffic at Phuket International Airport which is under its management.

Phuket  International Airport, the southern gateway, registered growth in all sectors. International aircraft movements gained 11.04% from 3,561 to 3,954. Domestic movement grew 13.76% from 2,659 to 3,025.

Both international and domestic passenger traffic grew 11.78% from 1,047,557 to 1,170,992.