From next month and untill March 2012, Thai Airways will operate three weekly flights directly from Copenhagen to Phuket, Thailand’s largest and most popular island. Thai Airways already flies daily from Copenhagen Airport to Bangkok.
Thai Aiways will put its spacious and convenient jumbo jets, Boeing 747-400 on the route with room for 389 passengers.
“With these three extra weekly flights from Copenhagen to Phuket, we offer 4,600 extra monthly seats between Copenhagen and Thailand,” says sales director Flemming Sonne from Thai Airways in Denmark.
“The new seats are in adition to our current 11,000 seats per month to Thailand,” he adds.
The new THAI flight will have the number TG953 and be a 10-hour, 35-minute flight, departing Copenhagen on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 20.45 hours and arriving in Phuket at 13.20 hours the following day. On the return, passengers may take any of THAI’s daily flights from Phuket to Bangkok and connect on flights to Copenhagen. THAI will operate three additional flights per week on the route Bangkok to Copenhagen, with flight TG952 departing Bangkok on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 13.00 hours and arriving in Copenhagen on the same day at 18.45 hours.
It is the first time that Thai Airways flies direct from Europe to Phuket.
“We expect that the new winter route will attract passengers from all over northern Europe – not only Denmark – as it provides with an unparelled convenient way to get to Phuket non-stop. If a Norwegian from forinstance Stavanger is going to Phuket, today they have to fly first to Oslo, then to Bangkok, and finally to Phuket. Instead, you can now fly directly with SAS to Copenhagen and then with Thai Airways directly to Phuket,”says Flemming Sonne.
The 389 seats on Thai Airways’ Boeing 747’ere is distributed with 14 seats in Business Class, 50 in Premium Economy and 325 in tourist class. Thai Airways is a member of the same airline alliance such as SAS, Star Alliance.
Thai Airways was established in 1960 with SAS as facilitator. 12 years later, in 1972, Thai inaugurated its first route to Europe, of course to Copenhagen. So Thai Airways plans next year to celebrate a unique 40-year anniversary for THAI flights between Copenhagen and Bangkok.
Thai Airways currently flies daily with Boeing 747 from Copenhagen and Stockholm. In the summer, Thai Airways also operates a route between Oslo and Bangkok five times a week with a Boeing 777 and every day during the winter season.
In recent years, large numbers of Scandinavian leisure travellers have travelled to Thailand and Phuket, which offers sun, warm weather and white sandy beaches during the dark and cold winter of the north. In 2010 alone, more than 150,000 passengers travelled from Denmark to Thailand, while the number of passengers travelling from Scandinavia to Phuket rose by 24% year on year.
Phuket has a total of around 3 million tourists a year who come to experience the island’s perfect combination of sun, beautiful beaches and scenery, delicious food, shopping and a wide range of accommodation options ranging from the small beach hut to the extravagant luxury hotel.