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    Charter flights from Phuket approved by CAAT for Sandboxers
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    A new chance for travel out of the Phuket Sandbox was just approved as the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand announced they will allow airlines to schedule charter flights between Phuket to Bangkok. The permission granted comes after Thai Smile petitioned the government to allow a flight on August 14 to assist people who travelled into the Phuket Sandbox, but then found themselves in a bind when Covid-19 flared around the country and partial lockdowns and domestic travel restrictions began to blanket the country.

    The decision from the CAAT to allow the flight and open the door to other charter flights relieves the situation where Sandbox travellers who scheduled a flight out of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport and now couldn’t fly to meet their international flight.

    There was a bus service launched to transport people on the roughly 12 to 13-hour drive from Phuket to the Bangkok airport, but it’s a feeble substitute for the hopper flight that takes less than an hour and a half.

    In order to follow the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration disease control measures, the CAAT announced all domestic flights to or from any destination in a designated dark red zone should be grounded. But exceptions were made for Sandbox programs like Phuket and Koh Samui, allowing feeder flights that connected the Sandbox areas reopened to international tourists to the air traffic hub of Bangkok in order to shuffle international travellers in and out of Thailand.

    The exception made for Sandbox flights didn’t stop many airlines from cancelling flights to and from Phuket, as they suspended their entire fleet of flights and didn’t have passenger numbers to justify regular service with large planes. The CAAT announcement allows airlines to circumvent normal scheduling and request for special charter flights to land or depart at the Phuket airport.

    The only options to leave Phuket to the Bangkok area now are the long bus ending soon, or Nok Air’s scheduled flight to U-Tapao Airport outside Pattaya, several hours away from Bangkok. The option for charter flights will allow airlines to schedule one-off flights directly to Suvarnabhumi when there is enough passenger demand. The first of these flights will be a Thai Smile flight at 2:30 pm on August 14, arriving in Bangkok at 4:00 pm, and costs 4,300 THB including all taxes and fees and 20 kilogrammes of baggage. The flight is booked by a special Google Form with payment made to a WE account.

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    Phuket Sandbox Express Bus to be ended August 16.2021

    On the back of the news that the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has approved airlines to schedule charter flights in and out of Phuket, officials announced that the Sandbox Express Bus set up last week to transport Phuket Sandbox travellers to their exit flights from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport will be discontinued after August 16.2021 The bus was set up after domestic flights in and out of dark red zones were grounded by government Covid-19 safety orders and some Sandboxers were stuck trying to get to their departing flights from Bangkok’s main airport. It has been running 3 days a week, leaving Phuket early every Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

    The bus departs Central Festival Phuket at 5:00 am with a second pick-up point at the PPT petrol station in Thalang a half-hour later at 5:30 am. After a full day’s drive, the bus then arrives at Suvarnabhumi at around 9:00 pm that evening. The SHA Plus Manager in a passenger’s hotel can book the bus ticket for their guests but will need their email, phone number, destination province (or BKK airport), flight details, and passport copy with immigration stamp and document number. The bookings are open from 8:30 am to 4 pm and must be made by noon the day before travel.

    The regular bus service will end on August 16, but those needed to get to Bangkok will be able to follow a similar procedure to book special certified vehicles to transport Sandboxers. The SHA Managers will be able to help coordinate these rides with the same required documentation. There is a Google Form to request a seat in one of these cars that travellers can fill out online and if the date desired isn’t listed, travellers can choose the “Other” option to be contacted directly by a Sandbox Express coordinator. Further details and questions can be addressed to Ms May at 093-5800889 or Khun Panya at 086-4927882​.