Tata-owned airline Air India announced on Friday that it will commence non-stop flights from Delhi to Phuket, Thailand, starting December 15, 2023. The airline will operate four weekly flights initially, increasing to daily service from January 8, 2024.
Direct Connectivity with Phuket
The airline aims to connect the Indian capital, Delhi, with the picturesque island city of Phuket through its A320neo aircraft. This modern aircraft boasts 162 seats, including 150 in economy class and 12 in business class.
Excited to announce our new Route.— Air India (@airindia) November 24, 2023
Experience non-stop travel to Phuket like never before!
Starting December 15th, 2023.
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The inaugural flight, AI 378, is scheduled to depart from Delhi at 0110 hrs, reaching Phuket at 0710 hrs on the same day. The return leg, AI 379, will take off from Phuket at 0810 hrs and touch down in Delhi at 1050 hrs, adhering to local time.
The launch will feature a four-flights-a-week schedule, with operations on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
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Future Plans and Expansion
Air India is set to intensify its operations, planning daily flights to Phuket from January 2024.
Nipun Aggarwal, Chief Commercial & Transformation Officer at Air India, expressed enthusiasm about the expansion, stating, “We are delighted to welcome Phuket into our network and will continue to expand our connectivity and enhance frequency on domestic and international sectors.”
Existing Connectivity to Southeast Asia
Presently, Air India offers a robust network to Southeast Asia, with daily nonstop flights from Delhi and Mumbai, along with six flights a week from Kolkata to Bangkok. The airline operates a total of 26 flights per week to the Thai capital.
Interline Partnership and Booking Information
Air India has forged an interline partnership with Bangkok Airways, facilitating seamless connections via Bangkok to and from 10 popular destinations in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia.
Bookings for the new Delhi-Phuket route are open, and passengers can secure their seats through various channels, including Air India’s website, mobile app, and travel agents, including online travel agents.
This move is anticipated to not only provide greater flexibility for travellers but also contribute significantly to the growth of the aviation sector in the region. Air India continues to position itself as a key player in expanding air connectivity between India and popular Southeast Asian destinations.