PHNOM PENH, 19 January 2015: Cambodia and Japan signed an agreement, last week, that will allow direct scheduled flights between the two countries.
The agreement was signed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Phnom Penh by Japanese Ambassador Yuji Kumamaru and State Secretariat of Civil Aviation secretary Mao Havannall.
The agreement opens the door for scheduled flights between Japan and Cambodia, although airlines have still to indicate how they will serve the two countries. They will need to access traffic patterns and judge whether there is enough demand to sustain nonstop flights between key cities in Japan and Phnom Penh or Siem Reap.
COLOMBO, 19 January 2015: Sri Lanka’s national airline on Saturday announced it will stop all flights to the country’s second international airport built and named after Mahinda Rajapakse, after he was defeated in last week’s presidential elections.
Sri Lankan Airlines said operating flights via the Rajapakse International airport in the former president’s home constituency of Hambantota was a huge drain on the already heavily debt-laden carrier.
The state-owned airline — under new management after new President Maithripala Sirisena assumed office last week — has decided to cut back uneconomical flights, including operations via Rajapakse International.
SINGAPORE, 19 January 2015: Singapore Airlines said Friday it will no longer rehire captains beyond the normal retirement age of 62 in fresh cost-cutting measures as competition from rivals hits profits.
Previously, pilots with the rank of captain were allowed to fly beyond 62 under a re-employment contract renewable each year until the age of 64.
First officers have not been offered re-employment beyond age 62 since January 2013.
SINGAPORE, 19 January 2015: Caught in stormy weather, the pilot of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 requested to climb to a higher altitude but was not immediately granted permission due to heavy traffic. Soon afterwards, the jet disappeared off the radar.
While the causes of last month’s crash in Indonesia are still being probed, experts say the final moments before the accident point to the perils of flying in a region where safety standards are struggling to keep pace with crowded skies.
A total of 162 people were on board when the Airbus A320-200 crashed into the sea. Fifty-one bodies have so far been recovered, as well as the plane’s black boxes, and divers are trying to reach the main wreckage in the hope of finding more.
BIN DINH, 16 January 2015: Bin Dinh’s provincial Department of Transportation says Thailand’s top energy firm, PTT Public Company Limited, has asked to partner in a project to upgrade the local Phu Cat Airport to an international hub.
The department head, Tran Chau, told local media that PTT has expressed interest in a partnering with the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV).
According to Vietnam’s aviation development plan for 2020, the nation’s sole airport manager ACV will expand the Phu Cat Airport’s capacity to 600 passengers an hour.
PANGKALAN BUN, 16 January 2015: Indonesian divers, on Thursday, descended to the main body of an AirAsia jet that crashed last month, hoping to recover the bulk of the disaster’s victims, a day after it was finally located by a navy ship.
Flight QZ8501 went down, 28 December, in stormy weather during a short trip from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board.
After a lengthy search often hampered by bad weather, a Singapore military vessel spotted the fuselage — the plane’s main body, believed to be the resting place of most of the victims — at the bottom of the Java Sea on Wednesday.
ARLINGTON, USA, 16 January 2015: ARC, the financial settlement link between airlines and travel sellers, reported Wednesday that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by US-based travel agencies increased 4.02% year-over-year in 2014 compared to 2013.
Results were based on monthly sales data ending December 31, 2014, from 12,862 US retail and corporate travel agent locations, satellite ticket printing offices and online travel agencies.
Figures confirm that travel agencies, despite the dominance of direct online bookings between airlines and consumers, still represents a substantial USD89.6 million business.
TOKYO, 16 January 2015:Shares in Japanese budget airline Skymark plunged on Thursday after a report said talks about a capital injection deal with bigger rival All Nippon Airways (ANA) had collapsed.
The company’s Tokyo-listed shares dropped as much as 15.38 %in early trading before recovering some losses to close 6.92%lower at 363.0 yen (USD3).
Investors were spooked by a report in the Asahi newspaper that said a possible agreement over ANA investing in Skymark had fallen apart, and that the money-losing carrier would try to climb out of the red on its own.
YANGON, 15 January 2015: Myanmar’s Department of Civil Aviation says a government proposal to upgrade and privatise 30 domestic airports has been postponed until late this year or possible 2016.
The DCA general director, Win Swe Tun, told the Irrawaddy media that the delay is due to ongoing efforts to transfer three international airports to private management.
The department announced in November 2013 that it would ask for bids to manage 30 out of the country’s 69 domestic airports, but companies would need to upgrade the airports and invest in expensive expansion.
PANGKALAN BUN, 15 January 2015: A Singaporean navy ship on Wednesday located the main body of the AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea late last month, believed to be the resting place of most of the 162 victims.
Flight QZ8501 crashed on December 28 in stormy weather during a short, routine flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore.
The discovery of the fuselage is the latest boost in a slow-moving search operation often hampered by bad weather. It followed the recovery this week of both the plane’s black boxes, which contain vital information to determine what caused the crash.