HANOI, 22 January 2016: As the Lunar New Year season takes off airlines are increasing frequencies and adding routes to meet holiday demand that will peak for up to a month.
Low-cost airline Vietjet Air announced, earlier this week, it has added three new domestic routes to meet holiday demand.
The airline reported, Thursday, that two of the new routes connect Pleiku in the central highlands province of Gia Lai with Hai Phong in the north and Vinh city in the central region. Read more
BANGKOK, 22 January 2016: Emirates launched its Thai language version of its mobile website, this week, that allows Thai customers using mobile devices to book flights and check in.
Passengers can also review timetables and receive updates on their flight status.
Most airlines, including low-cost airlines, offer similar mobile device friendly Apps in multiple languages to encourage their customers to book flights direct. Read more
AMSTERDAM, 22 January 2016: In an unprecedented step, Europe’s five largest airline groups including budget carriers EasyJet and Ryanair on Wednesday launched a new alliance to combat rising airport charges amid a fierce battle with Gulf rivals.
The new association dubbed Airlines for Europe (A4E) brings together the budget airlines, Lufthansa, Air France-KLM and the International Airline Group, parent company of both British Airways and Iberia.
The alliance will “represent the interests of its members when dealing with the EU institutions, international organisations and national governments on European aviation issues,” it said in a statement at the launch at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 21 January 2016: Passenger traffic at all three of Cambodia’s international airports should grow by 7% this year.
Phnom Penh Post quoted Cambodia Airports’ communications director, Khek Norinda, saying the company forecasts increases at the three key gateways with a double-digit growth at Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville airports.
“Traffic growth at Siem Reap airport was not be so dramatic due to a decline in overall tourist arrivals,” he said. Read more
BANGKOK, 21 January 2016: Thai Airways International will sell properties in Thailand and overseas that are either unsuitable or not used by the airline.
In the announcement, Wednesday, THAI President, Charamporn Jotikasthira, said the sale of properties would be conducted in a transparent fashion and was part of the airline’s transformation plan to reduce repair and maintenance expenses on buildings.
“The intention is to optimise property management since it is not part of our core aviation business,” the airline’s statement read noting that the decision was approved by the airline’s Board of Directors 19 October and 28 December 2015. Read more
TOKYO, 21 January 2016: Japan Airlines said, Wednesday, it was extending the suspension of flights between Narita and Paris as demand remained slow following the November terror attacks in the French capital.
The airline had planned to cancel its flights between Narita International Airport, outside Tokyo, and Charles de Gaulle Airport from 12 January until the end of February.
But the carrier has now decided to extend the suspension until 15 March. Read more
SINGAPORE, 20 January 2016: Thai Lion Air is the latest low-cost airline to sign up with Sabre to tap bookings from 100,000 Sabre-connected travel agents in the Asia-Pacific region.
This is the first strategic distribution agreement that the Lion Group subsidiary has signed, choosing Sabre Travel Network Asia-Pacific to drive growth from within the B2B channel, a Sabre announcement stated.
In the past, the airline ‘s top officials claimed they had no interest in travel agency bookings, believing they could sustain an expanding network of destination in Thailand with direct online sales in the domestic travel market. Read more
SEOUL, 20 January 2016: South Korea brought a new “anti-nut rage” law into effect, Tuesday, prompted by an angry outburst by the daughter of Korean Air’s boss over a bag of macadamias.
The revised aviation law, which drastically toughens punishments on unruly passengers, was a direct result of the “nut rage” incident by Cho Hyun-Ah in December 2014, the transportation ministry said.
“The amended law reflects mounting public demand for enhanced aviation safety and the prevention of unruly behaviour during flight following the Korean Air nut rage incident”, the ministry said in a press statement. Read more
PARIS, 19 January 2016: European aircraft maker Airbus has said it is teaming up with global ridesharing service Uber to test plans for offering an on-demand helicopter service.
Airbus’ new Silicon Valley-based innovation centre “is collaborating with terrestrial mobility provider Uber on a market pilot to provide an on-demand transportation service”, it said in a statement Sunday.
It would offer on-demand rides on Airbus’ H125 and H130 helicopters, it said, without giving an indication of their likely price. Read more
BANGKOK, 18 January 2016: Airlines based in Thailand that sell promotional fares must clearly identify if the fares are inclusive or not, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand.
CAA’s domestic air transport senior professional, Duangkamol Laonoonchai, responding to TTR Weekly questions, said airlines must clarify airfare details for customers in their advertising and online promotions.
She was fielding questions on why airlines persistently quote fares that exclude fuel surcharges, taxes and other fees making it difficult for potential customers to identify the bottom-line fare before they begin the purchase process. Read more