BANGKOK, 24 March 2017: Airports of Thailand reported strong increases in both aircraft movements and passenger traffic at the six airports under its management during February this year.
AoT reported, on Tuesday, that all of its supervised airports served 11,177,269 passengers, up 4.59% from 10,686,642 when compared with the same month in 2016.
Overall, aircraft movements also increased by 2.96% from 64,624 to 66,535. Read more
DUBAI, 24 March 2017: Travellers across the Middle East expressed frustration Wednesday at a ban on large electronic devices for flights to the United States and Britain that has sparked confusion and speculation.
From Saturday, passengers on flights to the United States and Britain from major hubs in Turkey and the Arab world will have to check in any device larger than a smartphone, including laptops and tablets.
The United States and Britain have cited intelligence indicating passenger jets could be targeted via explosives planted in electronic devices. Read more
BANGKOK, 23 March 2017: Kasikorn Research Centre says the ongoing ICAO and FAA process of recertification of Thailand’s aviation industry will strengthen the country’s ambitions to regain its status as a top regional hub.
It noted that the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has now issued its first Air Operations Certificate (AOC) under an ongoing recertification programme, 27 February.
Bangkok Airways was the first recipient as part of CAAT’s recertification programme, in partnership with CAA International (CAAi), which is part of the International Directorate of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA). Read more
THUA THIEN-HUE, 23 March 2017: Thua Thien-Hue authorities are urging local airlines to add services linking the world heritage city with Bangkok in Thailand.
Local media reported representatives from travel agencies supported the proposal at a meeting with Jetstar held late last week.
The airline agreed that in the immediate future it would offer two flights weekly, a major increase from the two token flights a month that the airline offers at present. Read more
BANGKOK, 23 March 2017: Thai Smile has put on hold its planned introduction of a daily service to Cebu in the Philippines.
According to the airline’s latest flight updates, the airline was scheduled to start the service 1 May.
Details showed the service had a TG flight four digit designator, TG 2626, on the Bangkok-Cebu run, which indicated the service would have been a codeshare with parent airline Thai Airways International. Read more
BANGKOK, 23 March 2017: Thai Lion Air has opened sales for two new services due to be launched 26 March.
The low-cost airline, based at Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport will add services, to Nanjing, China and Phitsanulok, a commercial city 400 km north of the Thai capital.
The airline will offer a daily flight to Nanjing using a Boeing 737 with a departure time of 1600 from Don Mueang airport. Read more
ANKARA, 23 March 2017: Turkey Wednesday stepped up its objections to US restrictions on large electronic devices on flights from some airports in the country and other regional hubs, saying it punished travellers instead of tackling the problem.
“It would be better to take measures together against those who are a threat instead of punishing normal passengers,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during a visit to Washington.
“If there are concerns over security, our departments should come together and take the necessary measures. This work cannot be done with bans,” Cavusoglu added, quoted by state-run news agency Anadolu. Read more
BANGKOK, 22 March 2017: Lufthansa will increase passenger capacity on it Frankfurt- Bangkok route when it introduces the Airbus A380 effective 29 October.
The switch from a Boeing 747-400 to the Airbus A380 will increase seat capacity by 35% across four class cabins; first, business, premium economy, and economy.
Thailand continues to be a strong leisure destination for Lufthansa especially during the winter schedule, October through to March. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 22 March 2017: JC International Airlines, a Chinese-backed airline, owned by a Yunnan based corporation, commenced its first flights from Cambodia, late last week, with daily flights from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville.
Khmer Times quoted the airline’s CEO, Dongyan Huang, saying the airline was registered locally with an investment capital of USD50 million.
The airline started flights with two Airbus 320s. Read more
OKINAWA, 22 March 2017: Routes Asia announced at the close of its Okinawa event Monday that Brisbane, Australia, would host the 2018 Routes Asia conference.
The event brings together airlines, airports and stakeholders to discuss air service to, from and within Asia-Pacific.
A consortium comprising of Brisbane Airport Corporation, Brisbane Marketing, Tourism Australia, Tourism Events Queensland and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre will underwrite the 2018 event. Read more