HANOI, 8 October 2014: Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport has given its approval for Vietnam Aviation Tourism Corp (VATC) to reopen its sleep pods at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.
The sleep pods should be ready for use next week.
According to the ministry’s document No 12301/BGTVT-VT, Vietnam Airlines Tourism Company can resume the service, which was suspended, 25 July, just three days after it was launched.
DONG NAI, 8 October 2014: Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung endorsed, last week, an investment report on the construction of Long Thanh International Airport in the southern province of Dong Nai.
The report compiled by the Ministry of Transport and the State Assessment Council presents the case for a massive investment in the Long Thanh Airport that will ultimately become the country’s main aviation gateway.
Long Thanh International Airport will be located in Long Thanh district, a 50 km east of Ho Chi Minh City.
BANGKOK, 7 October 2014: The Ministry of Transport says it is looking into the possibility of building six new provincial airports in order to strengthen transport connectivity between Thailand and its neighbouring countries.
According to Transport deputy minister, Arkom Termpittayapaisit, the ministry is studying six new investment projects that could be finalised within two months. Read more
MANDALAY, 7 October 2014: State-owned airline Myanma Airways will establish a small aircraft base at Mandalay’s international airport to expand its domestic commuter flights to secondary destinations.
According to the Eleven Myanmar news report, the Mandalay hub will be a base for airline services to Nyaung Oo, Heho, Banmaw, Myitkyina and Lashio, using Beech Craft and Grand Caravan aircraft.
The airline also intends to fly sightseeing trips from the airport for tourists staying in Mandalay.
BANGKOK, 7 October 2014: Nok Air will increase flights to popular domestic destinations starting late this month.
The airline will add two daily flights between Bangkok and Chiang Rai–the first flight departs 0930 daily but only until 25 October to cover school holiday travel. An evening flight will be added 26 October giving the airline five day flights to the far north town. Read more
PARIS, 7 October 2014: European aerospace giant Airbus Group said on Monday it has taken 791 net orders for aircraft in the first nine months of the year, putting it clearly behind its main rival US firm Boeing.
The US group has reported booking 1,000 net orders.
Airbus also delivered fewer aircraft, with a total of 443 to 528 for Boeing.
HANOI, 6 October 2014: VietJetAir plans fly from Hanoi to Busan and from Ho Chi Minh City and Seoul in 2015.
According to local media reports, the airline plans to expand more routes to South Korea following the introduction of services to Seoul from Hanoi and Danang.
Vietnam’s tourism statistics show 618,524 South Koreans visited Vietnam, up 10.04% during the first nine months of this year.
YANGON, 6 October 2014: The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation says Myanmar Airways International’s route expansion to Osaka and Seoul is risky due to high competition in these markets.
The centre said MAI will compete in the South Korea and Japan markets with larger foreign carriers and eventually Myanma Airways, a government-owned domestic carrier, aiming to launch services to North Asia in 2015.
Osaka will become MAI’s sixth destination and its first destination in Japan. It will start flights 8 October with three nonstop flights weekly from Yangon. On the return from Osaka the flight will stop in Phnom Penh, giving Japanese tourists the opportunity to combine Cambodia with Myanmar.
TOKYO, 6 October 2014: Shares in Japan’s Skymark Airlines soared Friday after the company said it was negotiating with Airbus to reduce a breach-of-contract penalty tied to the collapse of a USD2.2 billion jet order.
The carrier’s Tokyo-listed shares closed 8.37% higher at 220.0 yen, after jumping as much as 15% earlier in the day on reports that a deal was imminent.
“Our company is negotiating with Airbus, and we’re aiming to reach an accord by the end of October,” Skymark said in a statement.
BANGKOK, 3 October 2014: The THAI Board of Directors approved, last week, a THAI Smile plan to continue operating out of both Don Mueang Airport and Suvarnabhumi airports for the winter schedule 2014/15 which starts 26 October.
THAI Smile will continue to operate from Don Mueang Airport to three existing destinations – Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, and Phuket including direct flights from Chiang Mai to Phuket. It will also increase frequencies to these destinations.
Flight from Don Mueang to Chiang Mai will increase from three to four flights daily and to Phuket flight will increase from two to three flights daily.