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Pioneer passengers disembark to smiles and a big welcome at Phuket

Phuket Touchdown Marks a Direct Link with Europe at Last

Saturday, November 12, 2011
PHUKET: Flight TG 953 from Copenhagen landed at Phuket International Airport this afternoon to a welcome from hundreds of VIPs. It was Thai International's first direct flight from Europe to Phuket, a milestone for the approaching high season.

Judging from the traffic through Phuket airport, though, the high season is coming early as people who were planning a trip to Bangkok look for alternative flood-free destinations within Thailand.

A total of 336 passengers were on the flight, including senior officials from tourism in Denmark, media representatives and Thailand's Ambassador to Denmark, Piyawat Niyomrerks. Among those greeting the flight were Tourism Authority of Thailand Director Surapon Sewatasenee and Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha.

Flights by 747-400 will leave Phuket on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, supplementing the daily service from Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok.

Phuket is popular with Scandinavians. Of the 150,300 who visited Thailand last year, 92,518 went on to Phuket at some stage. Numbers were up 7.5 percent on the previous year.

The pioneer flight demonstrates the rapid growth in popularity of direct flights to Phuket, with Thai International now fully appreciating the strength of the island's appeal. Direct flights to Korea from Phuket are to follow.


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According to the Ministry of Tourism & Sports, there were about 150,000 Danes visiting Thailand last year out of 720,000 Scandinavians also including Finns, Swedes & Norwegians.
My video on blip(dot)tv/GrantPhuket has footage of small welcome group in crowded busy immigration area, and interview with Governor of TAT who told me quality is now more important than quantity of tourists.

Posted by GrantPhuket on November 12, 2011 22:32


You (and TG, as always) forget to mention that this route is being served by a "747 all series".
This is the oldest seat configuration TG is flying, means

- first class is being sold as business class
- business class as eco+ (because they only offer recliners)

See for more information.

That means:
No IFE/AVOD and seats (except of the first class being sold as business) are terrible.
Nice if you want to do a travel back in time about 20 years, apart of that i dont see why somebody will be willing to pay money for this.

Posted by tkian on November 13, 2011 02:13

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