Emirates SkyCargo has commenced daily Airbus 340-300 service to Phuket International Airport from its Dubai International Airport hub. The route, which elevates Emirates’ weekly freight capacity to Thailand to 640 tonnes, complements the carrier’s four-times-weekly service to Bangkok.
According to a press release, key imports to Thailand will likely be meat, spare parts, diving equipment, office supplies and fish, while top exports will include tuna, live shrimp and crab. There is also strong demand for the transportation of personal items and household goods into and out of Thailand, due to the nation’s popularity as a tourist destination.
Ram Menen, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president of cargo, expressed his high hopes for the route. “Thailand is a major economic center in Southeast Asia,” he said in a statement.
“Phuket, which is a very popular tourist destination, plays an important role in Thailand’s economy, and with the launch of this service we will be able to connect businesses on the island to opportunities across our ever-expanding global network,” Menen added.
Thailand isn’t the only nation Emirates is eying for growth. Earlier this month, the carrier launched four-times-weekly Boeing 777-300ER service to Adelaide, Australia, from its Dubai hub. The route, which initially elevates the carrier’s weekly freight capacity by 56 tonnes, will be served by daily flights starting Feb. 1, 2013.
Emirates explained in a press release that the 11.3-percent, year-over-year, surge in Australian exports to the United Arab Emirates recorded during 2010-2011 propelled demand for additional services. Perishables foods, such as fruits, meats, vegetables and eggs; building supplies; machine parts; cosmetics; and oils and resins are likely to comprise the key loads on the flights.