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First direct IKAR flight from Moscow lands in Phuket

First direct IKAR flight from Moscow lands in Phuket

PHUKET: The inaugural flight of IKAR Airlines from Moscow touched down in Phuket today (Oct 30), marking the resumption of direct charter flights from the Russian capital.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 30 October 2022, 03:58PM

Flight EO3477 from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport landed at gate 11 at Phuket International Airport at approximately 1:30pm with 449 passengers on-board.

On disembarking, passengers were greeted by Pongsak Srimai, Staff Administrative Officer at Phuket Airport, along with representatives of the Airports of Thailand (AoT), which manages Phuket International Airport.

The SVO-HKT route (Sheremetyevo – Phuket) sees Ikar Airlines LLC, operating as Pegas Touristik, resumes direct flights from the Russian capital.

Separately, Russia’s largest airline and flag carrier Aeroflot resumes its daily direct 9-hour flight service from Moscow to Phuket today. Its first direct flight in almost three years before the COVID-19 pandemic grounded the majority of worldwide air travel is expected to land at Phuket International Airport at 9:20pm this evening.

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Nasa12 | 31 October 2022 - 16:04:44

@prab, well if you don’t now it, it’s total illegal for tourists to smoke weed in LOS. And every day they arrest Russian some try to eating free breakfast and evening buffet in a big hotel in Karon. This it’s the same they stealing money from hard working Thai people, And why it’s only Russ doing that Mr Prab.

Prab | 31 October 2022 - 15:08:29

ah and forgot to mention, most smoke a lot too and buy expensive weed too so welcome here .. since i open a few dispenser my self i'm more then happy to see them and stay here...

Prab | 31 October 2022 - 15:06:13

at least they spend a lot in food  and drink and we can make money.. if i was russian i would be the first to come here... it is a survival game and thailand is playing their card.. if i choose a stand i stay with the russian 1000 time rather then the American.. so well done not to care about the sanction.. 

Capricornball | 31 October 2022 - 13:54:49

From what I've seen, the bulk of Russians I see are of draft age that are coming here as draft dodgers. From what I saw at Surin yesterday, it looked like someone went into the Moscow draft office and said "those joining the military, line up on my left, those that don't want to join, go get on that airplane to Phuket". At the same time, I can't say I blame them.

Kamala Pete | 31 October 2022 - 12:01:09

With the financial sanctions on Russia in place one wonders what they're going to do for money. We know several russians already here who are in financial trouble. I suspect they are not going to be "high value" tourists. 

Timothy | 31 October 2022 - 11:36:30

Two main roads are damaged and require extensive repairs. The Kamala/Patong road is blocked again. Traffic is a complete nightmare. Tailbacks from Surin to Cherngtalay every day, all day. The island cannot handle the number of people here already. But keep packing them in! Cut every tree down and build more hotels. F--k the future $$$$$ now! 

Kurt | 31 October 2022 - 09:36:35

@JohnC, Karma already works, on Kata Hill and Patong Hill rds. Just wait for that already leaning Patong City sign thing to fall to confirm Karma.  :-)

Kurt | 31 October 2022 - 09:29:22

Now we wait and see how many of them are going to ask political asylum in Thailand cause they not want to return and get forced to join Putin in his crimes against humanity and war crimes army, supplied with poor equipment/weaponry.

JohnC | 31 October 2022 - 08:28:39

Thailand gov you are nothing but a really bad joke making the Thai people suffer even more by your greed. More interested in tourism $ than any principles or scruples of right and wrong. This on top of your already poor human rights record is unforgivable. I hope karma really does work.

maverick | 31 October 2022 - 08:01:37

Where else are they going to go - Ukraine has a low life expectancy for tourists 

DeKaaskopp | 30 October 2022 - 17:45:33

Some people on here will not be happy with that kind of news.


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