Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways to Resume Phuket Flights

The three airlines will restart services to the Thai island just after its planned reopening in July.

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Now that Thailand is welcoming fully vaccinated foreign travelers to Phuket next month (and with no quarantine requirement), three leading Gulf carriers have announced their return to the popular beach destination. Both Etihad and Qatar Airways will be restarting regular services to Phuket from July 1, while Emirates says it will resume flights from Dubai the next day. Etihad is planning to go thrice weekly between Abu Dhabi and the Thai island with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, and give passengers the option to book “neighbor-free” seats to maintain social distancing.

Qatar Airways will also be deploying a Boeing 787, with 22 seats in business class and 232 in economy, for its four-times-weekly services from Doha. On Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, flight QR 840 will depart Doha at 2:55 a.m. and touch down in Phuket at 1:30 p.m. the same afternoon. The return journey will be flown on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with flight QR 841 leaving Phuket at 2:30 a.m. to reach Doha at 5:30 in the morning.

As for Emirates, its Dubai–Phuket route will be operated four times a week on a Boeing 77-300ER with a three-class configuration. Emirates flight EK378 will depart Dubai on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 3 a.m., arriving at Phuket International Airport at 12:30 p.m. the same day. The return flight, EK379, will depart Phuket at 12:10 a.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays, arriving in Dubai at 3:05 a.m. the same morning.

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