Cancellation crisis hits Ryanair growth

December 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 6 December 2017: Ryanair passenger traffic grew at the slowest pace in three years last month, data from the Irish no-frills airline showed Monday as it weathers a cancellations crisis.

Some 9.3 million passengers flew with Ryanair in November, up 6% compared with the same month a year earlier.

But last month’s increase was the lowest since October 2014 and fell short of 8% expansion in October. Read more

Air link for heritage towns in pipeline

December 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Cambodia, Myanmar, News

PHNOM PENH, 4 December 2017: Myanmar National Airlines has applied for a licence to operate a direct flight between Bagan and Siem Reap, in a move that will give it a competitive advantage over other regional airlines.

Linking the two top heritage sites with a direct flight would be welcomed by tour operators as it would end expensive back tracking through regional hubs and save considerable time for travellers.

Today, there are no international flights linking Bagan directly with other Mekong Region heritage destinations. Read more

Qantas deals downunder

December 4, 2017 by  
Filed under PACIFIC, Thailand, Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 4 December 2017: Qantas is offering special fares to Australia and New Zealand for economy and business travellers resident in Thailand until 15 December.

Qantas quotes the roundtrip deals inclusive of tax and surcharges.

The economy class fares lead off with a roundtrip fare to Perth with a change of plane in Singapore at THB16,645. Read more

American Airlines short of pilots

December 1, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 1 December 2017: American Airlines was scrambling Wednesday to avoid thousands of cancelations over the busy holiday travel period after a scheduling glitch left many flights without pilots, the company said.

Some 15,000 flights scheduled between 17 to 31 December 17 are without pilots after a scheduling system hiccup allowed too many pilots to take time off, the American Pilots Association said, according to news reports.

The airline said it will offer pilots 150% of their hourly rate to cover affected flights and can also call on reserve pilots to prevent cancelations. Read more

Loyalty programme winners and losers

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, trends

LOS ANGELES, 30 November 2017:  Three Asian airlines made it to the top-10 list for the sheer financial weight of their loyalty programmes, when compared with 170 airlines worldwide.

Japan Airlines in 8th place, Korean Airlines in 9th and ANA in 10th were the highest placed Asian airlines on a top-10 list led by four major airlines in the US; Delta Air Lines. American Airlines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

In the middle of the table were three powerful airline groups that have single loyalty programmes, but for multiple airlines. They were led by the Air France-KLM group with its Flying Blue programme, followed by Lufthansa Group’s Miles & More and IAG (British Airways with its Avios loyalty programme. Read more

IATA ready to roll out NewGen pay channel

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINAGAPORE, 30 November 2017: A core channel used by travel agents to transfer ticket sales payments to airlines since the 1970s is about to undergo a major remake.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), that represents the majority of airlines operating worldwide, manages what is known as the Bank Settlement Plan, but a recent resolution by member airlines will now herald the full adoption of the so-called New Generation of IATA Settlement Systems (NewGen ISS).

Roll out of NewGen ISS will start in March 2018, although some of the core pillars are already functioning in specific markets. Read more

Bali airport gains a respite from ash cloud

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Indonesia, News

DENPASAR, 30 November 2017: Bali gained a small respite Wednesday afternoon when the island’s airport reopened for flights.

Asian Trails in a communiqué to its guests and travel partners was the first to confirm the airport had reopened due to a change in the prevailing wind that cleared the sky over the southern part of the island.

The airport is located 75 km from Mount Agung that is spewing ash up to 3,000 metres high with experts warning there could be a major eruption at any time. Read more

Qatar’s lucky draw on Facebook

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, Travel Deals

DOHA, 30 November 2017: Qatar Airways has launched a social media competition with a top prize of two  business class tickets to any destination in its network, to help celebrate the final draw for the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The draw takes place 1 December, at the State Kremlin Palace in the heart of Moscow, Russia.

The competition kicks off a series of activities planned by the airline over the coming months in the run-up to the start of next summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup across Russia. Read more

AirAsia raises flights to Johor Bahru

November 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

SENAI, 29 November 2017 – AirAsia celebrated, Tuesday, the launch of two international inaugural flights to Johor Bahru’s Senai International Airport, from Macau and Kolkata, India.

The daily direct flights from Macau and the five weekly direct flights from Kolkata are the fourth and fifth new routes launched by the airline to serve the southern Malaysia hub this year.

The earlier launches  were  Johor Bahru-Jakarta, Johor Bahru-Kuala Terengganu and Johor Bahru-Langkawi. Read more

JIN Air opens market sale

November 28, 2017 by  
Filed under North Asia, Travel Deals

HONG KONG, 28 November 2017: South Korea’s low-cost carrier, Jin Air, is selling fares discounted by up to 88%  through to 1 December.

The quick sale ‘JIN MARKET’ is described as the biggest flight discount promotion that the airline has ever offered inspired by Korea’s department store seasonal super sales.

The JIN MARKET online special discount promotion is offered every six months during Korea’s autumn and spring. Read more

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