Travel News: June 2nd 2021

Emirates restarts flights to Phuket and helps tourism

According to the official press release from Emirates, the Dubai based national carrier has announced it will resume four weekly services to the resort island of Phuket from 2nd July 2021, with the re-opening of the popular destination to international tourists. Furthermore, those who are vaccinated against COVID-19 will enjoy hassle-free travel, with no quarantine on arrival. With measures in place to ensure a safe reboot of Phuket’s tourism industry, customers travelling to the destination known for its sprawling beaches and white sands, will enjoy quarantine-free travel to one of the world’s most-loved holiday spots.

The Dubai-Phuket route will be operated with a Boeing 777-300ER in a three-class configuration, offering premium services in First and Business Class as well as Economy Class. Emirates flight EK378 will depart Dubai on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 03:00hrs, arriving at Phuket International Airport at 12:30hrs the same day. The return flight, EK379, will depart Phuket at 00:10 hrs, on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays, arriving in Dubai at 03:05hrs the same day (all times are local).

The four weekly services will provide customers convenience and choice to suit their holiday plans. The popular Thai destination remains a favourite amongst travellers from the Middle East, Europe and beyond. Emirates also resumed flights to Bangkok since September 2020, providing a daily service.

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qatar airways resumes flights to phuket too

According to the official press release from the Qatar based national carrier decided to for the resumption of four weekly flights to the famed holiday destination of Phuket, Thailand, starting 1 July. In addition to its 12 weekly Bangkok flights, the airline will operate a total of 16 weekly flights to Thailand, providing seamless connectivity for its passengers travelling from Europe, the Middle East and United States.As Thailand reopens to holidaymakers from around the world, fully vaccinated travellers will soon be able to visit once again whilst also enjoying the award-winning hospitality and service available on Qatar Airways and at its hub, Hamad International Airport, the first and only 5-Star COVID-19 Safety Rated Airport in the Middle East.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker said: “With the resumption of flights to Phuket, Qatar Airways marks a significant milestone in the recovery of international tourism. We are proud to have lead the industry, setting the benchmark for safety, innovation and customer service throughout the pandemic.

“We know many of our customers are eager to get back flying and return to some of their favourite holiday destinations, such as Phuket. Famed for its many exotic beaches, family friendly atmosphere, turquoise waters and delicious local cuisine, Phuket is an ideal destination for a summer getaway. We look forward to working with our partners in Thailand to support the recovery of their tourism sector.”

Launched in 2010, Phuket became Qatar Airways’…for the rest of the press release, please click here and continue reading on Qatar Airways.


alaska airlines ends partnership with emirates and starts with qatar

According to Jay Singh from Simple Flying, Alaska Airlines has announced that its partnership with Emirates will come to an end on July 31st. This move is led by the fact that Alaska’s recent joins the the oneworld alliance. Instead of Emirates, Alaska is chosing Qatar Airways as its Middle Eastern partner.

Starting today any travel booked with Emirates, passengers will not earn Alaska Airlines miles if they fly on August 1st or beyond. Passengers will continue to earn miles on tickets booked for travel through July 31st. However, passengers who have booked Emirates before June 2nd for travel after August 1st will continue to earn miles. However, passengers will need to submit a “Mileage Credit” request to receive miles.

On March 31st, Alaska Airlines officially became a member of the oneworld alliance. Emirates, which remains non-aligned, is in direct competition with oneworld member, Qatar Airways. Alaska Airlines prefers instead to route its passengers on Qatar Airways with mileage earnings and redemptions.

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United Airlines Resumes Flights To French Polynesia: Tahiti

According to Pranjal Pande from Simple Flying, United Airlines is returing to French Polynesia, to Tahiti from tomorrow, 3rd June. The carrier is restarting its San Francisco-Papatee route using the Boeing 787-9, which will operate thrice-weekly for now. The move comes after French Polynesia reopened its border to American travelers after over a year.

The flight to the famous travel destination will operate thrice-weekly (on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays) for now, giving travelers flexible days for their visit. For this long-haul journey into the south Pacific, United is deploying its premium-heavy Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The aircraft features 48 seats in Polaris business class, 21 in Premium Plus, 39 in Economy Plus, and 149 in standard economy.

The outbound leg from San Francisco will depart at 13:20 local time and arrive in Papatee at 18:50 on the same day. This journey will take 8 hours and 30 minutes and fly on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The return leg will depart Papatee at 21:15 local time and arrive in San Francisco the next morning at 08:20 AM. This flight is slightly shorter at 8 hours and 5 minutes.

For further details and entry restrictions, please click here and continue reading on Simple Flying.


Netherlands Lifts Flight Ban From high risk countries

According to the, Netherlands decided to lift the flight ban imposed on COVID-19 high-risk countries, which means that arrivals from India, South Africa, and countries in South and Central America are now only subject to a ten-day quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands.

Nonetheless, it was revealed that the quarantine period can be shortened if a negative test result is provided on the fifth day of self-isolation, reports. Following the new decision, all persons over the age of 13 travelling from a high-risk area to the Netherlands are also required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding.

In case the passengers took a PCR test, the test result should not be older than 72 hours, whereas if it was a rapid antigen test, the test result should not be older than 24 hours when boarding.

“The negative NAAT (PCR) test result is required because there is a risk that travellers arriving from high-risk areas will import and spread coronavirus variants. The mandatory test results are not a substitute for other coronavirus measures, such as the entry ban, self-quarantining and vaccination,” the Government’s statement reads.

Consequently, as of June 1, all arrivals from…for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on


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