HANOI, 4 September 2014: VietJet Air will begin a new daily service between Hanoi and Can Tho 17 October.
According to the airline’s management, the route will help tap a growing demand for travel between Hnaoi, the capital city in the north of the country, with the Mekong Delta’s largest economic and tourism hub, now Vietnam’s fourth largest city in the far south.
An 180-seat Airbus 320 will serve the route with a flight time of two hours and 10 minutes. It will depart Hanoi at 1100 and arrive in Can Tho at 1310. On the return leg, the flight will depart Can Tho at 1345 and arrive in Hanoi at 1555.
SINGAPORE, 4 September 2014: Changi Airport is offering 50% discounts on landing fees for nonstop long-haul services to Singapore as well as incentives to encourage airlines to feed transfer passenger traffic through the airport.
The offer valid for 19 months is part of a programme called GAIN, a Growth and Assistance Incentive programme launched last June.
Changi Airport Group provided additional details, Wednesday of landing fee rebates for long-haul flights (nine hours or more flight time) and incentives for airlines to grow transfer traffic through Changi Airport.
BANGKOK, 3 September 2014: Thai Airways International moved all of its flight to Heathrow’s Terminal 2 (T2) last Thursday, to reunite with other Star Alliance airlines that migrated earlier to the upgraded terminal.
THAI’s move from London’s Heathrow Airport Terminal 3 to Zone A of Terminal 2 was been postponed for two months due to the airport’s decision to conduct unplanned testing of Heathrow’s baggage systems. The airline was originally supposed to move in July.
THAI’s United Kingdom Office general maneger, Wit Kitchathorn said: “We are very proud to move into the same zone with Star Alliance Members.”
SINGAPORE, 3 September 2014: Abu Dhabi, has been identified as one of the hottest new destinations to trend in Asia prompting Abacus to host a Asia Pacific travel industry conference in the aviation gateway state.
Abu Dhabi will be the host city for what Abacus calls a ‘ground-breaking’ Asia Pacific travel industry conference, this October.
Abacus has chosen Yas Island with its own F1 race track for a mega industry gathering that will draw 500 representatives from the region’s top travel brands.
LONDON, 3 September 2014: London mayor Boris Johnson’s grand plan for a new airport in the Thames Estuary was rejected on Tuesday, leaving few options on the cards for the city to stay an international hub.
The Airports Commission turned down the idea in a report, with its director Howard Davies saying the island airport proposal had “attraction” but would be too costly and complicated.
Johnson had backed replacing Heathrow with the construction of four runways some 50 km (31 miles) east of the city by 2030 — a project referred to as “Boris Island”.
MUMBAI, 3 September 2014: The United Bank of India declared flamboyant and indebted tycoon Vijay Mallya a “wilful defaulter” on Monday, dealing another blow to his embattled Kingfisher Airlines.
A top official at the bank confirmed the decision, which comes nearly two years after the airline lost its licence to fly when it failed to end a strike by staff, who had not been paid.
Kingfisher’s debts run up to nearly USD1.5 billion owed to banks, airports, fuel suppliers, staff and others. Out of this, an estimated USD60 million is owed to UBI.
ATTAPEU, 2 September 2014: Laos will open Attapeu International Airport in May next year after assessments showed construction was now 70% complete.
Attapeu International Airport project head, Komax Keochampa, told local media that construction of the USD36-million airport that commenced in May 2013 is now 66.8% complete making it possible to open the airport by May 2015.
The airport is one of the government’s prioritised projects that should provide a boost in tourism and travel to the southwest region of Lao PDR.
MANILA, 2 September 2014: Three people were arrested after a bomb was found in a van parked at Manila’s international airport, but there was no ongoing safety threat for travellers, authorities said Monday.
A utility vehicle containing an “improvised explosive device” was found at the airport’s terminal three car park about 0100 (1745 GMT) Monday, said a short report released by the National Bureau of Investigation.
In brief comments to reporters, NBI director Virgilio Mendez refused to give many details about the incident, saying “there is an ongoing follow-up operation”.
TAIPEI, 2 September 2014: Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways said Monday its president Chooi Yee-Chong had left the firm after staying on to help handle the aftermath of the July crash that killed 48 people.
Company spokeswoman Christine Tu told AFP Chooi tendered his resignation before the accident, but remained to complete tasks relating to loss of flight GE222, which crashed into civilian houses near the airport in Penghu, a scenic island group in the Taiwan Strait.
His resignation was approved by the board on Friday last week, with vice-president Fred Wu as the acting president since, the company said in a filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange. Chooi served as a consultant until today.
WASHINGTON, 1 September 2014: To recline or not to recline? Airplane “legroom wars” are prompting growing rage in the United States, with two recent seat battles sparking a heated debate about the knee-bumping practice.
Amid the fuss, one thing everyone seems to agree on is that space on passenger planes is getting scarcer and scarcer.
The question of reclining etiquette “has been a topic of discussion for many years,” said Sarah Schlichter, editor in chief of IndependentTraveler.com.