Emirates will operate the new flights with a Boeing 777-300ER (in the picture), offering eight seats in first class, 42 seats in business class and 310 economy class seats Emirates, today announced it will increase the current single flight service between Dubai and Phuket, the popular Thai holiday island to twice daily starting from 1 December 2015.

According to the Dubai based airline this is a response to surge in customer demand, in particular during the peak winter travel season.

Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, said: “In response to strong demand, the introduction of a double daily service to Phuket will increase convenience and flexibility for visitors to the Southern region of Thailand, as well as make it easier for residents of the area to connect to Dubai and the rest of the world. With the ongoing expansion of Phuket International Airport set to double capacity, a twice-daily service provides Emirates with the perfect opportunity to further support the local travel and tourism industry.
 
“This newly added service will complement our existing six daily flights to Bangkok and our recent code-share agreement with Bangkok Airways, offering ease of connection to different cities across Southeast Asia to and from Dubai and providing a smoother, more convenient travel experience.”
 
Phuket Island is the gateway to the southern part of Thailand to Khao Lak, Phang-nga, Koh Samui, Trang, as well as Krabi and Koh Lipe, According to Thai’s government  Department of Tourism more than six million visitors to the island in the first five months of 2015.
 
In addition to Phuket, Emirates flies 42 times a week to Bangkok, and from 1 December, four of the six daily flights to Bangkok will be served by an Airbus A380. The airline also recently announced a code-share agreement with Bangkok Airways, which added 19 routes across a number of Southeast Asian cities, and a total of 14 new destinations to the Emirates global network.