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Phuket’s flight capacity increases to 70%, while Chinese airlines remain absent

On October 30, the Russian airline Aeroflot will begin operating two daily flights to Phuket, and a Myanmar charter flight operator would operate three weekly trips, the official added. Beginning on October 30, Aeroflot will operate two daily flights to Phuket, and a flight operator located in Myanmar will operate three weekly flights. Because China continues to have severe travel regulations, not all flights from China to Phuket have yet been brought back. At the same time, airlines from South Korea, Scandinavia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Middle East have announced that they will begin operating flights to Phuket by the end of this year.

However, according to Monchai, Phuket Airport will have 13 million passengers in 2019 and 18 million in 2024, which is where it was prior to Covid. In November, which is the peak travel month, at least 30,000 travelers per day are expected to use the airport, according to Monchai. Between 16,000 and 18,000 of these persons, in his estimation, should be Thai. Bookings for flights to Phuket from Thai visitors have increased since October 1. This has led to an increase in airport usage this month of around 10,000 people per day.

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