Jetstar Asia to Restart Phuket Flights

The Singapore-based budget airline will operate a twice-weekly service beginning in September.

The beachfront area of a resort in Phuket. (Photo: Arkady Lukashov/Unsplash)

Low fares starting from just S$79 for a one-way journey with Jetstar Asia between Singapore and Phuket are now on sale, as the low-cost carrier has announced plans to resume passenger flights to Thailand’s favorite island destination on September 3. This decision was made in response to Phuket’s reopening earlier this month to fully vaccinated international travelers from low- or medium-risk countries under the “sandbox scheme.”

Jetstar Asia will deploy Airbus A320 aircraft on the route twice a week, carrying up to 1,700 visitors a month. Flight 3K535 will leave Singapore on Sundays at 11 a.m. to touch down in Phuket at noon local time; the return service is scheduled to take off at 12:40 and arrive back in Changi at 3:35 p.m. On Fridays, the timing will shift to a night service, with flight 3K537 departing Singapore at 7:40 p.m. and landing in Phuket at 8:40 p.m. Following a turnaround time of just 40 minutes, flight 3K538 will leave Phuket at 9:20 p.m. and return to the Lion City at 15 minutes after midnight.

Jetstar Asia CEO Bara Pasupathi said in a statement, “Initiatives like the sandbox scheme are important opportunities as we continue to ramp up our operations and respond to the increasing demand for leisure travel in the region.” He also said that Jetstar Asia was in a “strong position” to respond to such reopening schemes, and was excited to play a role in rebuilding the hard-hit tourism industry.

“The pace and uptake of the vaccination roll out program in Singapore has been very encouraging, so it is great to be able to reward our customers with more opportunities to get back in the air and travel to their favorite destinations,” Pasupathi added.

The low-cost carrier also anticipates strong demand for the Phuket service from transit travelers connecting through Jetstar Asia’s Singapore Changi hub. Passengers will be able to connect between Phuket and a number of destinations in the Jetstar network, including Clark, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Penang, and Phnom Penh. Customers of Jetstar Asia’s partners Air France, KLM, British Airways, and Emirates can also travel to and from Phuket via Singapore with one booking.

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