PHNOM PENH, 27 March 2017: Cambodia and Laos have signed an accord to encourage regional airlines to increase services on routes between the two countries in a move to boost tourism.
Khmer Times quoted Cambodia’s State Secretariat of Civil Aviation’s air transport director, Vann Chanty, saying the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will encourage airlines in both countries to operate more flights between Cambodia and Laos.
Connectivity between tourist destinations in the two countries is poor, forcing travellers to make expensive backtracks to gateway cities. It adds to travel costs either for overnight accommodation if the earliest connection is on the following day or having to buy two or more sector fares. Read more
WASHINGTON, 27 March 2017: United Airlines found itself at the centre of a social media storm after it barred two girls from boarding a flight in Denver on Sunday because they were wearing leggings.
Another girl who was also wearing leggings was allowed to board the flight from Denver International Airport to Minneapolis after she changed, a witness said.
The incident was reported on Twitter by Shannon Watts — founder of gun reform group Moms Demand Action — who was a passenger at the airport waiting to board another flight to Mexico. Read more
NEW DELHI, 27 March 2017: An Indian airline said at the weekend it had cancelled a booking by a Hindu nationalist lawmaker who repeatedly hit an Air India steward with his sandal in a row over which seat to take.
Ravindra Gaikwad has admitted to hitting the 60-year-old employee of the national carrier 25 times because he was denied a business class seat on a flight to New Delhi from his hometown of Pune.
Indigo, a private airline, said it had also cancelled Gaikwad’s return booking and banned him from future flights after the incident on an Air India flight. Read more
ANKARA, 27 March 2017: Turkish Airlines said on Friday passengers can use their laptops until they board in a bid to make them “more comfortable” after US and Britain introduced bans on large electronic devices in the cabin of flights from certain countries’ airports.
“Laptops, tablets and other electronic devices may be used until the boarding gate where they will be handed over to the airline’s staff,” Turkish Airlines said in a statement.
Washington issued a ban on electronic devices larger than mobile phones on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in seven Middle Eastern countries and Turkey, only allowing them to be in hold luggage. Read more
DUBAI, 27 March 2017: A controversial ban on carry-on laptops and tablets on flights from the Middle East to the United States and Britain went into effect Saturday — with less fanfare and frustration than expected.
From Dubai to Doha, passengers on dozens of flights checked in their electronic devices, many shrugging off the measure as yet another inconvenience of global travel.
At Dubai International, one of the world’s busiest hubs, flag carrier Emirates dispatched staff to guide passengers through one of the most intense travel weekends of the year. Read more
DUBAI, 24 March 2017: Travellers across the Middle East expressed frustration Wednesday at a ban on large electronic devices for flights to the United States and Britain that has sparked confusion and speculation.
From Saturday, passengers on flights to the United States and Britain from major hubs in Turkey and the Arab world will have to check in any device larger than a smartphone, including laptops and tablets.
The United States and Britain have cited intelligence indicating passenger jets could be targeted via explosives planted in electronic devices. Read more
BANGKOK, 23 March 2017: Kasikorn Research Centre says the ongoing ICAO and FAA process of recertification of Thailand’s aviation industry will strengthen the country’s ambitions to regain its status as a top regional hub.
It noted that the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has now issued its first Air Operations Certificate (AOC) under an ongoing recertification programme, 27 February.
Bangkok Airways was the first recipient as part of CAAT’s recertification programme, in partnership with CAA International (CAAi), which is part of the International Directorate of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA). Read more
BANGKOK, 23 March 2017: Qatar Airways is offering promotional fares for travel on selected routes until the end of June this year.
The promotion starts with a roundtrip fare, inclusive of taxes, fees and surcharges, ex-Bangkok at THB5,985 to Hanoi in economy class.
Fares to the Middle East sells THB21,665 to Dubai and THB33,300 Doha. Read more
THUA THIEN-HUE, 23 March 2017: Thua Thien-Hue authorities are urging local airlines to add services linking the world heritage city with Bangkok in Thailand.
Local media reported representatives from travel agencies supported the proposal at a meeting with Jetstar held late last week.
The airline agreed that in the immediate future it would offer two flights weekly, a major increase from the two token flights a month that the airline offers at present. Read more
BANGKOK, 23 March 2017: Thai Smile has put on hold its planned introduction of a daily service to Cebu in the Philippines.
According to the airline’s latest flight updates, the airline was scheduled to start the service 1 May.
Details showed the service had a TG flight four digit designator, TG 2626, on the Bangkok-Cebu run, which indicated the service would have been a codeshare with parent airline Thai Airways International. Read more