PHUKET beckons! After a long break, travelers can once again escape to Thailand’s largest island for their long-awaited dose of sun, sea and sand.
To get there, Firefly – an airline of the Malaysia Aviation Group – has resumed passenger flights to Phuket from Penang using its new Boeing 737-800s.
The first FY3600 flight to Phuket arrived at 2:20 p.m. local time with 134 passengers on August 26.
The airline will operate four weekly flights from Penang (PEN) to Phuket (HKT) and vice versa.
This resumption of flights to Phuket marks the second international destination for Firefly after Seletar in Singapore last June.
“As global travel restrictions, particularly in Asean, are lifted, customers are thrilled and looking forward to traveling for hassle-free leisure. The launch of our new Boeing 737-800s earlier this year will generate more traffic and carry more passengers to various destinations, connecting them between cities and favorite holiday destinations like Phuket,” said Philip See, CEO of Firefly.
Firefly flights will arrive at noon in Phuket to give travelers more time to indulge in delicious food and drink, catch street performances, marvel at local crafts, partake in the nightlife and generally relax. .
Travelers from Phuket to Penang can explore the Malaysian island’s colonial heritage and architecture, beautiful beaches and some say the best street food in the world.
“It’s great to see that Malaysian travelers from Penang see Thailand as a preferred destination and are ready to explore Phuket with the convenience of Firefly’s direct flight,” says Nongyao Jirundorn of Tourism Authority Thailand, Kuala Lumpur office.
“Penang and Phuket share similarities in history and cultures. Malaysian tourists will feel right at home while enjoying Phuket’s unique southern cuisine and beautiful beaches.
“This year, there have been 890,000 tourist arrivals to Phuket from all over the world. Thailand also received 560,000 Malaysian tourists from January to August this year.
Nantasiri Ranasiri of the Tourism Authority Thailand, Phuket office adds: “Phuket has a lot to offer; it is home to amazing beaches.
“Tourists will be able to enjoy Phuket’s foodie scene, from Michelin-starred restaurants to street food. There are also many high quality hotels and resorts with safe and hygienic practices to accommodate all Malaysians.
Ooi Chok Yan, Managing Director of Penang Global Tourism, said, “We look forward to further boosting tourist arrivals, while connecting Penangites and the northern community to more international destinations with the Firefly network.
“Penang has more to offer than serene beaches. Known as the Pearl of the Orient, Penang is recognized as a Unesco World Heritage City with its buildings, history, arts and culture scene coexisting with modern development, as well as the new biosphere reserve of Unesco from Penang Hill. ”
The resumption of Penang-Phuket-Penang flights adds to Firefly’s destinations using Boeing 737-800s, following recent launches to Langkawi, Johor Baru, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.
For better value, customers on these Boeing 737-800 flights can opt for extras as part of the Plus, Extra or Flex packages – such as a 20kg baggage allowance, hot in-flight meals, two flight changes, Enrich points, priority baggage, boarding and check-in, all seat selection, travel insurance and more.
Firefly aims to connect passengers within regions, providing more choice and seamless service on every trip.
For more information and to book flights to Phuket, visit the Firefly website (www.fireflyz.com.my) or mobile app, booking offices and travel agents.