There are many reasons why Phuket is such a popular holiday destination, not least of which is its accessibility. The international airport in Phuket brings in visitors to the island from just about every corner of the globe on a daily basis on some of the best value flights to be found anywhere in the world.
This, the second biggest airport in Thailand can be found only thirty two kilometers from downtown Phuket. The airport can handle twenty four flight operations per hour and is operational twenty four hours a day. Phuket airport, incredibly, welcomes some 6.5 million tourists a year.
Terminal two handles domestic flights with airlines such as Bangkok Airways that fly in from Bangkok, Koh Samui and Pattaya U-Tapao. Happy Air flies in from Bangkok, Hat Yai and Hua Hin. Nok Air service Bangkok as do Orient Thai Airlines, Thai Airways International and Thai Air Asia who also run services to Chaing Mai, Ubon Ratchathani and Udon Thani.
Terminal one handles international flights from Moscow (Aeroflot, I-Fly, Transaero Airlines), Abu Dhabi (Air Berlin), Beijing (Air China, Hainan Airlines), Kuala Lumpor (Air Aisa, Bangkok Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airlines) Seoul (Asiana Airlines, Business Air, Eastar Jet, Korean Air), Milan and Rome ( Blue Panorama Airlines) Taipei ( China Airlines), Kunming and Guangzhou ( China Eastern Airlines), Frankfurt ( Condor Flugdienst), Hong Kong (Dragonair, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways International), Zurich (Edelweiss Air), Helsinki (Finnair), Penang (Firefly), Jakarta (Indonesia AirAsia), Sydney (Jetstar Airways), Singapore (Bangkok Airways, Singapore Air, Jetstar Asia Airways, Silk Air, Tiger Airways), Tehran (Mahan Air), Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk (Nordwind Airlines, S7), Stockholm (Novair), Saint-Petersburg (Rossiya, Transaero Airlines), Shanghai ( Shanghai Airlines), Chengdu, Chongqing (Sichuan Airlines), Denpasar (Thai AirAisa) Bali (Thai AirAsia), Copenhagen (Thai Airways International, Thomas cook) Gothenburg, Landvetter, Oslo, Gardermoen, Stockholm, Arlanda (Thomas Cook) Perth ( Thai Airways International, Virgin Australia), Budapest, Prague (Travel Service Hungary), Paris ( XL Airways France) to name but a few.
Phuket Airport has its own website http://www.phuketairportonline.com/ where you can check flight status, find facts and figures, find information about Phuket, a terminal map and other useful information such as car rentals.
Many domestic and international airlines regularly offer superb discounts on flights to Phuket so it well worth keeping your eye on discounted flights websites and save money on travelling that can be enjoyed once you get to the island.
For those that chose to live on the island having access to an airport that conveniently and affordably services so many destinations makes Phuket such an attractive place to be. Exploring Asia could not be easier and for those who work overseas commuting could not be more convenient.
Having budget airlines that run backwards and forwards to Bangkok is also extremely handy for those with children being educated at the international schools and universities in the capital, as well as those who like to get off the island for a spot of city shopping.
Whether you are visiting Phuket for a vacation, staying for a few months each year or living there permanently there is no doubt that Phuket airport will make your life easier.