VIENTIANE, 13 June 2016: India and Laos will soon launch direct flights as part of initiatives to increase cultural exchanges and bilateral trade between the two countries.
Lao News Agency quoted India’s ambassador to the Lao PDR, Ravi Shankar Aisola, saying direct flights between the two countries was in the final stages of approval and very soon there would be flights between India and Laos without the need to stop in a third country.
Routes and other details are being worked out in a bilateral aviation agreement, he said. Read more
LOS ANGELES, 10 June 2016: WOW air, Iceland’s ultra low-cost airline, kicks off its West Coast service touching down in San Francisco Friday.
It offers five weekly service to Reykjavik for as low as USD99*. Service to and from San Francisco International Airport to Iceland are scheduled five days a week, while service from Los Angeles International Airport will be available four days a week.
In addition, WOW air offers connecting flights to 23 European destinations, such as: London, Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, Dublin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Stockholm, for as low as USD199* including taxes. Read more
NEW YORK, 10 June 2016: The best course to prevent catastrophes like the Germanwings crash is to minimise the stigma around mental illness and encourage pilots to get help, an FAA advisory panel said Thursday.
The Federal Aviation Administration convened the panel in May 2015, two months after a Germanwings pilot deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps, killing himself and the 149 others on board. Investigators subsequently found he had a history of depression and suicidal tendencies.
“There may be misperceptions that all mental illness is career-ending,” the FAA report said. Read more
HANOI, 9 June 2016: Airports Corporation of Vietnam says the country will need more than USD1.16 billion to upgrade its airports over the next two years and service fees may be increased to provide funding.
Thanh Nien News quoted ACV deputy general director, Dao Viet Dung, saying nearly 30% of the estimated cost will be funded by the state to make sure local airports are capable of meeting future passenger growth.
The company, which manages 22 airports around the country, will cover the rest, he said. Read more
BAHRAIN, 9 June 2016: Bahrain’s struggling carrier Gulf Air said Wednesday it reduced losses by 62% last year as a result of the company’s restructuring.
Losses fell from 62.7 million dinars (USD166.29 million) in 2014 to 24.1 million dinars (USD63.92 million) last year, Gulf Air said in a statement.
“I am delighted with these results. 2015 delivered the fruits of Gulf Air’s ongoing holistic business strategy, implemented since the airline’s 2013 restructuring,” said the carrier’s chairman, Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 8 June 2016: Cambodia Angkor Air signed, late last week, a Memorandum of Understanding with Jin Air, a South Korea airline, to establish a commercial partnership.
According to the MoU, both airlines will cooperate on routes development and provide support in facilities, equipment and information.
Details of the formal contracts, including flight route connections will be discussed later, the airline said in a statement. It will probably involve codeshare flights. Read more
LONDON, 8 June 2016: Forget about queues, delayed flights and lost luggage, more than half (53%) of the frequent travellers polled in a study, released Tuesday, agree that an airport is something to be enjoyed.
Priority Pass, an independent airport lounge access programme paid for the survey that showed that 56% of those who were polled admitted that they would be encouraged to arrive at the airport early to take advantage of duty free and shopping discounts. Read more
HANOI, 7 June 2016: Vietnam’s Cabinet has turned down a Ministry of Transport proposal to license a new air carrier, Vietstar Airlines.
Saigon Times reported the airline has yet to meet the requirements of a government decree 30/2013-CP on air transport services.
Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung was quoted saying that the ministry has to comply with decree 30 concerning its proposal for licensing Vietstar Airlines Multirole Corporation. Read more
ZURICH, 7 June 2016: Star Alliance will invest in multi-million dollar technology projects that will streamline baggage handling and information through an alliance IT hub.
The new IT hub is scheduled to go online by the end of 2016 and is the latest in a series of similar “plug and play” applications that the alliance chiefs say will support member airlines behind the scenes.
The announcement came during a meeting of chief executives of the Star Alliance member airlines on Saturday. Read more
KUALA LUMPUR, 7 June 2016: An unspecified number of passengers and crew were injured when a Malaysia Airlines flight from London to Kuala Lumpur was hit by severe turbulence, the carrier said, as photos emerged showing a cabin strewn with debris and upended meal carts.
The trouble-prone national flag carrier, which is still trying to shake the stigma of the double disasters of MH370 and MH17 two years ago, said “some passengers” were hurt aboard MH1 during a rough ride over the Bay of Bengal on Sunday.
“Due to a brief moment of severe turbulence some passengers suffered minor injuries,” it said in a statement. Read more