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Tourists will be allowed to fly from Bangkok to Phuket from next month to get into the “Sandbox plan”

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Tourists following the Phuket sandbox model will be allowed to fly to Phuket from Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports in Bangkok from next month

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAAT) wants to relax the no-fly zone at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports to make it easier for foreign tourists to travel to Phuket.

Passengers arriving from Phuket must still have completed the 14-day ‘Sandbox program’ if they wish to travel to Bangkok or other provinces.

Foreign visitors who cannot complete the program but want to go home are not allowed to leave Bangkok’s two airports. For this, the transfer time will be extended from 12 to 24 hours.

Thai Airways International (THAI) has adapted its flight operations to the changing demand for air travel and the restrictions due to the Covid19 pandemic. According to Thai Airways manager Nont Kalintha, the airline will offer two domestic flights a week between Bangkok and Phuket until October. Flight TG922 to Phuket departs every Thursday, while flight TG916 to Bangkok departs from Phuket on Friday.

According to the announcement of the CAAT, the flights are to start in September. Thai Airways also plans a return flight on the Bangkok-Phuket-Frankfurt route, departing from Bangkok every Thursday, and a return flight on the Bangkok-Phuket-London route from Bangkok every Friday. In addition, two weekly flights are Bangkok-Paris-Phuket-Bangkok and Bangkok-Zurich-Phuket-Bangkok – departing from Bangkok every Thursday and Friday.

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