On 17 August, Emirates announced four new weekly flights between Dubai and Phuket to commence on 1 December 2015.
Adding a capacity increase of 57 percent, the four new flights will introduce connectivity from most cities in the Americas for the first time as well as improve connections to a number of destinations in Europe and the Middle East.
“Since the launch in 2012 Phuket has been a solid success story. The fact that we are now adding a further four weekly flights highlights not only the desirability of the destination but also the demand for passengers wishing to travel with Emirates,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.
“These new flights have been well timed to not only maximise connections across our network but also allow for a morning arrival in Phuket, giving travellers even more time to enjoy the island and its surrounds.”
Emirates will operate the new weekly flights with a Boeing 777-300ER, offering eight seats in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class and 310 Economy Class seats.
Emirates’ increase in flights to Phuket closely follows the announcement of the airline’s codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways, which has added 14 new destinations to the Emirates network.
EK396 will depart Dubai International Airport at 2255hrs and arrive at Phuket International Airport at 0800hrs the following day. The return flight, EK397 will depart Phuket at 0930hrs and arrives in Dubai the same day at 1320hrs. Emirates has 42 weekly flights to Bangkok and currently has seven weekly flights to Phuket.