flydubai’s inaugural flight has touched down in Krabi in Thailand, becoming the first UAE-based airline to offer flights to the popular holiday destination. The daily flights are operated via a short stop in Yangon, Myanmar and are codeshared with Emirates.
On board the inaugural flight was a senior delegation led by Sudhir Sreedharan, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations (UAE, GCC, Subcontinent and Africa) at flydubai. Upon arrival, the aircraft was greeted by Somkuan Khanngern, the Vice Governer of Krabi, Attaporn Nuang-udom, the Director of Krabi Airport, Uthit Limsakul Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Krabi Office and Pichaya Saisaengchan, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Dubai and Middle East Office.
“We are delighted to mark the inaugural of our new route to Krabi and to see our network grow further East”, said Sudhir Sreedharan, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations (UAE, GCC, Subcontinent and Africa) at flydubai. “Over the past ten years we have shown our commitment to opening up underserved markets and enabling millions of passengers to travel to more places more often. This new route will present more travel options for passengers from the UAE and beyond, while giving people from Thailand direct access to Dubai’s travel hub”, Sreedharan added.
flydubai has become the first carrier in the UAE to operate flights to Krabi and with the new daily service from the UAE, the GCC and those connecting from Europe and the USA on the Emirates network now have more options to explore Asia and the Far East. Passengers from Thailand have more opportunities to benefit from direct flights to Dubai and beyond.
Attaporn Nuang-udom, the Director of Krabi Airport said: “the opening of the new route (Krabi) is a great opportunity to promote and facilitate the connection between Thailand and the Middle East. Also, it is a good chance for enhancing tourism in Southern Thailand. Your dedication and support for the Thai travel market means a great deal to all of us. Thank you very much. ”
Krabi is a popular holiday destination for beach goers and adventures alike. While limestone cliffs, dense mangrove forests and the famous Phi Phi Island will amaze nature enthusiasts, Krabi also offers activities like diving, hiking or exploring the Huay Toh Waterfall in Phanom Bencha National Park.
Pichaya Saisaengchan, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Dubai and Middle East Office said, “we are pleased to have flydubai launch its new route to Krabi, which is illustrative of the UAE being the most comprehensive market for inbound tourism from the Middle East, as well as the largest. Last year, Thailand welcomed nearly 200,000 visitors from the UAE, both Emiratis and residents, and we anticipate that the new flydubai route will further enhance visitor numbers between the two countries. As well as providing convenient access for travellers, the new link will be great opportunity to explore Thailand’s off the beaten path islands and scenic beach resorts in the hidden-gem of the Andaman sea.”