A flydubai’s inaugural flight to Krabi in Thailand has landed, making it the first airline based in the United Arab Emirates to provide flights to the popular holiday spot.
Daily flights operate via a brief stop in Yangon in Myanmar, codesharing with Emirates.
On board the flight was a senior delegation headed by the senior vice president of Commercial Operations for the airline in the UAE, GCC, Subcontinent and Africa, Sudhir Sreedharan.
Somkuan Khanngern, Krabi’s vice governor, was there to greet the aircraft when it arrived with the director of Krabi Airport, Attaporn Nuang-udom, and the director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand for Dubai and the Middle East, Pichaya Saisaengchan.
Also present was the director of the Krabi Office for the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Uthit Limsakul.
flydubai is delighted to mark the inauguration of the new route to Krabi and to see the airline’s network expand further into the East, according to Sreedharan.
Sreedharan said that over the past decade, the company has shown determination to open up underserved markets and provide millions of travellers with more travel options.
This new route to Krabi will increase those options still further for UAE passengers while also allowing the people of Thailand to gain direct access to the travel hub in Dubai, Sreedharan adds.
flydubai is now the first carrier in the UAE operating Krabi flights, and there are now innumerable more options for the exploration of Asia and the Far East for citizens in the UAE, GCC, Europe and the US than was ever previously the case.
Nuang-udom says that the route’s opening is a great chance to facilitate and promote the link between the Middle East and Thailand.
It is also a good opportunity to enhance tourism within Southern Thailand, and Nuang-udom adds that the support and dedication to the travel market in Thailand means a lot to them.
Krabi has become a popular tourist destination for adventurers and beachgoers alike, providing dense mangrove forests, the famous Phi Phi Island, and limestone cliffs with activities such as hiking and diving.
There is also the opportunity to explore Phanom Bencha National Park’s Huay Toh Waterfall.
Saisaengchan says that the launch of the new flydubai route to Krabi is indicative of the UAE’s status as the most comprehensive inbound tourism market in the Middle East, as well as the biggest.
Almost 200,000 visitors from the UAE came to Thailand in 2019, and the new route from flydubai will only increase the number of visitors between the two nations, Saisaengchan claims.
As well as offering convenient travel access, the new link will offer the chance to explore the more obscure beach resorts and islands in Thailand within the hidden gem that is the Andaman Sea, according to Saisaengchan.
Anyone who intends to travel from the UAE to Thailand, or vice versa, should take out travel insurance to guard against the financial repercussions of unexpected events such as losing luggage or flights being delayed or cancelled.