First charter flight from Thailand carries 245 tourists

First charter flight from Thailand carries 245 tourists

On February 9, Thai tourists arriving in Okinawa on a charter flight from Thailand receive a warm welcome at the international terminal of Naha Airport.

February 10, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 9, the first charter flight of Thai Airways International, the biggest airline company in Thailand, brought 245 Thai tourists from Bangkok to Naha. A welcome ceremony was held at the international terminal and Miss Okinawa presented the tourists with a bouquet. During their six-day trip they will visit Shuri Castle and the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

The tour is an interactive charter tour planned by Jumbo Tours in Naha and on February 9, 187 tourists also departed from Okinawa for Thailand. The company plans to arrange a charter tour again to coincide with the Naha Festival in October.

The airline’s Area General Manager for Japan, Wiwat Piyawiroj, said, “Okinawa is a unique tourist destination in Japan. I hope that we can establish a good relationship through this charter flight.” With regard to the possibility of regular flights, he said, “That is something that we really do want to look at in future.” Frequent visitors to Japan, Mr. and Mrs. Polapat, said, “We are looking forward to trying the local foods, which are different from those in Tokyo and Osaka.”

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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