Oman Air starts direct service from Muscat to Phuket

17th Nov 2022

Inside plane at night

Oman Air has started running a new direct flight from Muscat ( the capital city of Oman) to Phuket International Airport.

The Phuket Express stated that the first flight, which arrived on Monday, carried 162 passengers who got Phuket related souvenirs when they landed.

This adds to the new direct flights that have been scheduled to Phuket recently. On November 12, Aeroflot announced that they would be adding 14 additional flights per week between Russia and Phuket. This was less than two weeks after the joyful return of Russian airlines to Phuket.

The increase in flights from Russia has opened the door for a flood of Russian visitors to Phuket, who have quickly surpassed Indian tourists as the dominant demographic. Between May and September, the average monthly number of Russian tourists was between 3,200 and 4,200. This figure grew to 23,089 last month.

This month, Russia has outnumbered all other nationalities in Phuket, Thailand. Russians imported twice as many immigrants from India, the second largest group, and tripled the number of arrivals from Australia, the third largest demographic. A quarter of the total 83,428 overseas visitors to the island were Russians.

Phuket received its first LOT Polish Airlines flight on November 7. From Warsaw to Phuket, 252 people boarded the aeroplane.

Sharq Airlines' debut flight from Uzbekistan landed in Phuket on November 3. The aircraft brought 238 people from Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, to Phuket.

As of October 26, the number of overseas visitors visiting the country had surpassed 7 million. It puts the nation within the Tourism Authority of Thailand's (TAT) target range of 7 million to 10 million tourists for 2022. According to reports, Phuket International Airport is the second busiest port of entry, behind Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport.

In September, the TAT reported that Malaysians were this year's largest tourist group in Thailand. India, Laos, and Cambodia attracted the next highest number of visitors.

By the end of this year, TAT aims to attract 10 million international visitors to the "Land of Smiles."