IT improves passenger experience

December 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, trends

BANGKOK, 6 December 2017: The fundamental value of an airport – the ability to attract passengers who want to fly there – remains unchanged, or so Amadeus claims in its latest report.

But as passenger volumes continue to rise, worldwide, competition amongst airports intensifies.

That’s where Amadeus sings the praise of staying ahead of the curve, by building a sophisticated IT environment to create value for airport stakeholders. Read more

SQ and MI codeshare with Scoot

December 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 6 December 2017: SIA and SilkAir customers will gain booking access to over 30  destinations as a codeshare deal with Scoot progressively rolls out.

The deal opens up more travel options for Singapore Airlines  and SilkAir customers who  can now book flights to more than 130 destinations across the SIA Group network, which includes the low-cost airline Scoot.

Under the agreement, SIA will progressively add its ‘SQ’ designator code, while SilkAir will add its ‘MI’ code to Scoot-operated flights between Singapore and more than 30 destinations served by Scoot. Read more

Cancellation crisis hits Ryanair growth

December 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 6 December 2017: Ryanair passenger traffic grew at the slowest pace in three years last month, data from the Irish no-frills airline showed Monday as it weathers a cancellations crisis.

Some 9.3 million passengers flew with Ryanair in November, up 6% compared with the same month a year earlier.

But last month’s increase was the lowest since October 2014 and fell short of 8% expansion in October. Read more

Fernandes prods Mavcom on KLIA2 tax rise

December 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 4 December 2017: Travellers boarding flights at KLIA2 will pay a higher passenger service charge, effective, 1 January, when the tax increases from MYR50 to MYR73.

The tax adjustment prompted founder and CEO of AirAsia, Tony Fernandes, to tweet “can anyone explain the KLIA2 second service hike?”

He probably doesn’t need the explanation, but his tweet hints of a broad dissatisfaction with authorities that are imposing higher taxes on air travel. Read more

Air link for heritage towns in pipeline

December 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Cambodia, Myanmar, News

PHNOM PENH, 4 December 2017: Myanmar National Airlines has applied for a licence to operate a direct flight between Bagan and Siem Reap, in a move that will give it a competitive advantage over other regional airlines.

Linking the two top heritage sites with a direct flight would be welcomed by tour operators as it would end expensive back tracking through regional hubs and save considerable time for travellers.

Today, there are no international flights linking Bagan directly with other Mekong Region heritage destinations. Read more

Lufthansa sweetens Air Berlin bid

December 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

FRANKFURT, 4 December 2017: German aviation giant Lufthansa has offered concessions to encourage the European Commission to green-light its planned purchase of parts of bankrupt Air Berlin, the Brussels authority told AFP.

“We have received remedies” from Lufthansa concerning the case, a spokesman said.

As Europe’s highest competition authority, the Commission is examining the impact the German group’s plans would have on the continent’s aviation market. Read more

American Airlines short of pilots

December 1, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 1 December 2017: American Airlines was scrambling Wednesday to avoid thousands of cancelations over the busy holiday travel period after a scheduling glitch left many flights without pilots, the company said.

Some 15,000 flights scheduled between 17 to 31 December 17 are without pilots after a scheduling system hiccup allowed too many pilots to take time off, the American Pilots Association said, according to news reports.

The airline said it will offer pilots 150% of their hourly rate to cover affected flights and can also call on reserve pilots to prevent cancelations. Read more

Loyalty programme winners and losers

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, trends

LOS ANGELES, 30 November 2017:  Three Asian airlines made it to the top-10 list for the sheer financial weight of their loyalty programmes, when compared with 170 airlines worldwide.

Japan Airlines in 8th place, Korean Airlines in 9th and ANA in 10th were the highest placed Asian airlines on a top-10 list led by four major airlines in the US; Delta Air Lines. American Airlines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

In the middle of the table were three powerful airline groups that have single loyalty programmes, but for multiple airlines. They were led by the Air France-KLM group with its Flying Blue programme, followed by Lufthansa Group’s Miles & More and IAG (British Airways with its Avios loyalty programme. Read more

IATA ready to roll out NewGen pay channel

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINAGAPORE, 30 November 2017: A core channel used by travel agents to transfer ticket sales payments to airlines since the 1970s is about to undergo a major remake.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), that represents the majority of airlines operating worldwide, manages what is known as the Bank Settlement Plan, but a recent resolution by member airlines will now herald the full adoption of the so-called New Generation of IATA Settlement Systems (NewGen ISS).

Roll out of NewGen ISS will start in March 2018, although some of the core pillars are already functioning in specific markets. Read more

Bali airport gains a respite from ash cloud

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Indonesia, News

DENPASAR, 30 November 2017: Bali gained a small respite Wednesday afternoon when the island’s airport reopened for flights.

Asian Trails in a communiqué to its guests and travel partners was the first to confirm the airport had reopened due to a change in the prevailing wind that cleared the sky over the southern part of the island.

The airport is located 75 km from Mount Agung that is spewing ash up to 3,000 metres high with experts warning there could be a major eruption at any time. Read more

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