Thai Airways is stepping up its Sydney-Bangkok flights from November 17 2021, and there's a unique twist in the timetable: from early December, some of the flights will make a stopover at Phuket , with travellers able to book just the Sydney-Phuket leg.
The move comes as Thailand begins removing all quarantine requirements for fully-vaccinated travellers from selected low-risk countries from November 1 – and while Australia hasn't yet appeared on the shortlist, there's a growing expectation it will soon be added.
All of the Bangkok-Sydney flights will feature Thai's Boeing 777-300ER, which 42 Royal Silk business class seats and 306 standard economy seats.
Here is how Thai's new Bangkok-Sydney schedule shapes up.
Beginning November 17, TG475 will depart Bangkok at 8am every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, to reach Sydney at 9.20pm.
The Sydney-Bangkok flight TG476 leg is wheels-up from Sydney at 2.50pm every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving into Bangkok at 8.15pm.
From December 7, those four direct flights each week will be complemented by three flights which go via Phuket.
- Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, TG477 will depart Bangkok at 3.50pm, arrive at Phuket at 5.20pm and depart at 6.50pm, to finally reach Sydney at 7.30am the next morning
- On Wednesday, Friday and Sunday that's reversed: TG768 leaves Sydney at 9.30am to reach Phuket at 2.40pm; after 90 minutes on the ground it's back in the air at 4.10pm and into Bangkok at 5.40pm
The Phuket stopover was originally intended to take advantage of the country's plans for a 'Phuket sandbox', while is now less crucial as Thailand drops quarantine on a broader basis.
However, it'll prove a boon to Australians who will no longer need to back-track on a connecting flight from Bangkok to visit the popular resort province.