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Phuket airport celebrates 34 years of service, hopes for Russian, Chinese flights

Phuket airport celebrates 34 years of service, hopes for Russian, Chinese flights

PHUKET: Flights from Russia to Phuket are scheduled to resume from late October while the Chinese market may begin coming back around the year end, said Monchai Tanode, General Manager of Phuket International Airport.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 8 October 2022, 09:00AM

Mr Monchai was speaking to the media yesterday (Oct 8) after a merit-making ceremony on the occasion of the 34th anniversary operations at Phuket International Airport . The anniversary was celebrated under the slogan "Prime Destination through Secondary Hub Airport". Representatives from various government agencies and the private sector joined the event.

Mr Monchai said that the improvement in the COVID-19 situation resulted in growing numbers of flights and passengers served by Phuket International Airport.

In January-August this year 849,406 passengers went through the airport, the number of flight arrivals and departures totaled 9,167, he said.

Mr Monchai also confirmed that three Russian airlines have notified Phuket International Airport about their readiness to fly to and from Phuket performing at least two flights per day. Mr Monchai did not name the companies.

The Phuket News’ sister paper Novosti Phuketa earlier reported that Russia’s flag-carrier Aeroflot confirmed two regular flights per day from Oct 30 and IKAR Airlines announced an unspecified number of flights from Oct 29. Russia’s S7 Airlines announced flights to Bangkok from Nov 2 (five flights per week), yet it is not clear if S7 going to be the third Russian carrier to fly to Phuket.

Mr Monchai forecasts passenger traffic through Phuket International Airport will reach 13 million people next year. In 2019 the airport recorded its historical maximum of 18mn.

After 34 years of operations the Phuket International Airport is ready to continue to develop and drive constant changes for good including taking care of the community and the environment alongside its aviation business. We are ready to step into our 35th year of quality operations, building confidence in passengers and satisfying clients under the motto ’Safety is the standard. Service is the heart’,” the airport said.

Mr Monchai admitted that airport faces challenges and sometimes experiences problems such as the recent emergency repairs of the runway resulting in flight delays and diversions.

Mr Monchai did not mention the most recent incident when the airport came under fire after security personnel forced two tourists to leave the taxi they ordered via an app because the car was not from a cooperative listed among the airport’s partners.

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SEC2 | 08 October 2022 - 13:26:19

As said below there are 192 other countries to focus on for the almighty baht.  Why the Russians & Chinese when they have proven to be not reliable and not really the high end tourists desired.  Has anyone looked around and seen who is here right now.   Not high end.  The Chinese aren't coming for a long long time thanks to zero covid - Thanks Xi

SEC2 | 08 October 2022 - 13:22:58

Has Khun Monchai read anything about the Russian governments atrocities against the Ukrainian People, women, children and defenseless cities?  Many countries are not letting Russians into their land and many many countries have sanctions against the Russians. I've lived here long enough to know it's all about the money, but I would hope there would be some ethics involved. 

Kurt | 08 October 2022 - 13:19:12

...Heartless, insensitive just to think about tourism when it concerns Russia.

Kurt | 08 October 2022 - 13:17:02

Thai 'Government', navel gazing, overlooks the enormous misery Russia confronts the world with.  Hunger and food shortage in 3rd world countries, unneeded spiking energy prices, danger of nuclear disasters. The deliberate destruction of civile Ukraine, the mass graves. Is there really no reality thinking in this ' centerpoint of the world country'? Heartless, just to think about to...

Kurt | 08 October 2022 - 09:41:45

Phuket can prepares itself for many 'holiday-russians' that will ask for political asylum during their time on Phuket, as they don't want to put on uniform and fight Putin's illigal/unlawful war against and in independend country Ukraine.

JohnC | 08 October 2022 - 09:06:09

So Thailand just ignores the sanctions against Russians travelling anywhere and welcomes them with open arms??? Letting the mobs of Chinese back is asking for further trouble too. Haven't the Thai people suffered enough already! Thailand, you do realise there are 192 other countries out there as potential markets for tourism?


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