Bangkok Airways on Wednesday will resume flights between Phuket and Koh Samui to support the Surat Thani island’s vaccinated-tourism program.
Surat Thani Gov. Witchawut Jinto said Aug. 21 that 257 fully vaccinated foreign tourists had traveled to Samui after spending two weeks in Phuket under its “sandbox” scheme.
However, flights between Phuket and Samut have been suspended since Aug. 3, leaving Samui bereft of almost any tourists.
He said that, after concerted lobbying, flights on the Phuket-Samui route would resume Aug. 25.
Bangkok Airways is scheduling flights between the two islands on Aug. 25, 27 and 30. The hope is that will boost the number of tourists arriving under for the “Samui Plus” program,
Also covered is Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.
The governor said, from Aug. 15 to November, 168 fully-vaccinated tourists had already booked hotels on Koh Samui, with reservations for 2,149 hotel nights, an average of 12.7 nights per visitor.
The reservations were made by French, German, British, Austrian, American and Thai tourists.