MANILA, 22 November 2016: Barriers imposed by governments continue to threaten the potential of Asia Pacific’s aviation industry accord to the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines.
AAPA said it remains resolute in its determination to confront these barriers and help deliver a more efficient industry that benefits passengers.
The comments were made at the close of the AAPA annual general assembly of the region’s airline CEOs, held last week. Read more
BANGKOK, 22 November 2016: Presidents and CEO of 16 airlines members of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) met in Manila, last week.
Thai Airways International president, Charamporn Jotikasthira, represented Thailand national airline at the annual meeting of presidents of a trade association that represents legacy airlines in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Assembly covered issues such as aviation infrastructure, safety, regulations and the increasing tax burden imposed by Asia’s governments. Read more
BANGKOK, 21 November 2016: More flights will be allowed on routes from Russia to Thailand following Thai government approval, last week, to increase frequencies under the bilateral air services agreement between the two countries.
According to the government statement, Thailand continues to be a popular destination for Russian travellers and allowing more flights between the two countries would improve tourism and trade.
“If Russian airlines have the right to fly more services to Thailand it should help to boost tourism to Thailand…while Russia is a potential market Thailand to expand trade and exports.” Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 18 November 2016: Ho Chi Minh City authorities are working on a long-range plan to construct a metro line connecting Tan Son Nhat Airport to a nearby park that would reduce congestion around the entrance of Vietnam’s biggest airport.
Local media reported the 2-km metro route would connect Hoang Van Thu Park in Tan Binh district to the international airport, but it will not be ready for use until 2024 if the current approval and financing schedule is adopted.
The short line between the park and the international terminal will be a spur joining one of the major lines on the planned Metro system that will link the city centre with residential suburbs. Read more
BANGKOK, 18 November 2016: Low-cost airline, Thai AirAsia, is planning to expand services to China and India, according to a recent Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation analysis.
CAPA said Thai AirAsia plans to expand its U-Tapao/Pattaya hub adding one or two aircraft in 2017, to open new routes to China.
Thai AirAsia currently serves 11 destinations in mainland China, mainly from its base in Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok. Read more
SIEM REAP, 17 November 2016: Cambodia Angkor Air will launch flights between Siem Reap and Beijing, China, effective 16 December.
According to the airline’s management, the three weekly flights will use a 180-seat Airbus A320 linking Siem Reap to China’s capital city.
The airline already flies to Guangzhou and Shanghai. Read more
YANGON, 16 November 2016: Yangon International Airport handles over 360,000 passengers a month with 120 daily flights serving the city daily according to the latest report from Myanmar’s Civil Aviation Department.
Global New Lights of Myanmar quoted the department deputy general director, U Aung Kyaw Tun, saying the number of daily flights increased from just 40 when compared with 2014.
This year the airport should handle around 4 million passengers. Read more
HANOI, 16 November 2016: Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has proposed an increase in aviation service fees in 2017, which will impact mainly on domestic flights.
Tuoi Tre News reported the proposal is under consideration after it was filed with the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) under the CAAV to the Ministry of Transport, earlier this month.
A 15% hike in domestic runway services is likely to be applied at Category B airports across Vietnam, including those in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, Buon Ma Thuot and Pleiku and airports in the Central Highlands and Phu Quoc tourist island. Read more
SINGAPORE, 16 November 2016: Philippines’ low-cost airline, Cebu Pacific Air, accepted delivery of another ATR 72-600 aircraft last week.
The delivery is the second of the USD673-million order for 16 aircraft that was placed at the 2015 Paris Air Show.
The ATR 72-600, used by Cebgo (a wholly owned subsidiary of CEB), have a more spacious cabin layout and additional seats. Read more
HONG KONG, 16 November 2016: Plaza Premium Group, a provider of airport services and lounges, has signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with Qingdao International Airport Group (QIAG) to expand premium airport services in China.
Plaza Premium Group founder and CEO, Song Hoi-see, and QIAG chairm, Jiao Yongquan, jointly signed the agreement in Qingdao, last week.
The two parties have agreed to develop premium airport services. Read more