Bangkok Airways has just announced the resumption of flights on the Samui-Phuket route which will be in operation from 25th August onwards.
Bangkok Airways will fly between Samui and Phuket on Mondays, Wednesdays as well as Fridays and Passengers must present both vaccination plus covid-free certificates (PCR Tests).
The route has been suspended some time ago as inter-provincial travel was discontinued on orders of the government but with the recent announcement that international tourists (and eligible local travelers) are able to travel between certain destinations again.
This is the announcement on Bangkok Airways website:
Interestingly this notice also advises that other domestic flights will resume as per September 1, 2021 which is just a week down the line.
This is the official announcement:
Starting from 25 August 2021 onwards, Bangkok Airways will resume its direct services between Samui and Phuket, in order to facilitate passengers as well as to support Thailand’s re-opening projects which are Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus Model.
The resumed services between Samui and Phuket will be operated by an ATR72-600 aircraft, starting with three flights per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). The outbound flight PG253 departs Samui airport at 11.25hrs. and arrives Phuket airport at 12.25hrs. The inbound flight PG254 departs Phuket airport at 13.00hrs. and arrives Samui airport at 14.00hrs. Passengers can visit the website https://www.bangkokair.com/flight/flightSchedule for more details about flight schedules.
Passengers travelling to and from the two cities are required to present a medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected (done by RT-PCR technique and issued no more than 72 hours before traveling) and proof of vaccination. Additionally passengers are also required to strictly follow guidelines issued by Phuket provincial office and Surat Thani provincial office, more information about requirements can be checked at https://www.gophuget.com and https://healthpass.smartsamui.com.
Moreover, the airline needs to extend the temporarily suspension of in-flight meal service and temporary closure of its passenger lounges until further notice.
To contact the airline, please use the following contact channels;
• Call Center: Tel. 1771 and 02-270-6699 (during 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
• Email: Reservation@bangkokair.com
• PG Live Chat: https://bit.ly/PGLiveChatEN
Bangkok Airways remains committed to the safety and hygiene of our passengers and employees as the highest priority. The airlines strictly implement surveillance measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Here is the schedule for the Koh Samui – Phuket route (vice versa):
These flights will operate on three days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
- PG253 departs Koh Samui at 11:25am and arrives in Phuket at 12:25pm
- PG254 departs Phuket at 1:00pm and arrives in Koh Samui at 2:00pm
Price wise the short hop comes up at ~ 2,300 THB per one way which is in line with a price I’d expect on a route where an airline has an absolute monopoly.
Keep in mind that a PCR Test result as well as a vaccination certificate is required to get on these flights, this appears to be a provincial regulation rather than a requirement the airline came up with.
If someone is currently stuck on Phuket this could be a way to get back to Bangkok via aircraft as there are also flights from Samui to BKK so one could book two flights rather than taking a 14 hour bus ride. Hopefully regular flights will restart on September 1st.
Bangkok Airways will resume flights on their Samui-Phuket-Samui route from 25th August onwards on three days per week.
According to a notice on Bangkok Airways website further domestic flights will resume from September 1 but I’ve heard that multiple times before just for these flights being cancelled last minute. I would not book regular Thai domestic flights right now even if they go on sale. This Samui-Phuket route seems to be relatively safe though.