Air Berlin flying era ends October

October 11, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

FRANKFURT, 11 October 2017: Bankrupt German airline Air Berlin must ground all flights by the end of October, the firm said Monday, as talks continue with prospective buyers Lufthansa and Easyjet.

Flights “will as far as we know no longer be possible after 28 October at the latest” because of insolvency rules, chief executive Thomas Winkelmann wrote in a letter to employees.

Air Berlin triggered bankruptcy proceedings in August after losing a cash lifeline from its biggest shareholder Etihad Airways. Read more

No giveaways at 50th anniversary bash

October 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 10 October 2017: China Airlines celebrated 50 years of flying the Bangkok-Taipei route, last week, but unlike low-cost airlines it is not offering passengers anniversary fare perks.

China Airlines fans will have make do with the knowledge the airline is now offering e-check-in, will shortly open a new lounge and will upgrade flight service by introducing the new A350s on the route.

For an anniversary of the 50-year magnitude, travellers might have hoped for a deal, but not even a hint of one as you search Skyscanner. Read more

Fares for Samui seaside

October 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 10 October 2017: Bangkok Airways launched its “Welcome to Samui” promotion, Monday, offering what it calls” amazing fares” on domestic routes to the Gulf of Thailand holiday island.

The fares are available on routes from northern cities such as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Lampang and Sukhothai to Samui.

The Welcome to Samui promotion is open for reservations  until 31 December, but only on and valid for travel through to 31 December 2017. Read more

Strong passenger growth in August

October 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SINGAPORE 10 October 2017: Passenger demand grew  7.2% in August, according to the International Air Transport Association’s latest global traffic data, measured in total revenue passenger km, or RPKs.

At the same time, the upward trend in seasonally-adjusted traffic has eased from that seen at the end of 2016.

August capacity (available seat km or ASKs) increased by 6.3%, and load factor climbed 0.7% percentage points to 84.5%, which was just below the record for the month set in 2015. Read more

AirAsia X flies to Jeju this December

October 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 10 October 2017: AirAsia X will fly to Jeju, South Korea, 12 December, offering four weekly flights from its Kuala Lumpur base with promotional all-in fares from MYR199 one-way.

The special promo of all-in fares from MYR199 one-way for an economy seat and MYR899 one-way for the Premium Flatbed seat will run from 10 to 15 October 2for travel between 12 December 2017 and 25 March 2018, available for booking on

AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail said, “We are proud to be the only airline to operate direct flights to Jeju, South Korea from Kuala Lumpur, connecting the beautiful island with Malaysia and the rest of Asia and beyond through Asia’s LCC hub.” Read more

Scoot hands flights to Silk

October 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SINGAPORE, 10 October 2017:  Silk Air will take over five weekly services to Yangon, Myanmar, currently operated by the SIA Group’s low-cost subsidiary Scoot, effective, 29 October.

SilkAir already operates 10 nonstop flights a week to Yangon and three services a week via Mandalay in Myanmar.

With the transfer of Scoot’s Yangon services, Silk Air will boost its Yangon operations to 15 nonstop services a week. Parent company Singapore Airlines also operates daily services to Yangon. Read more

ICAO removes red flag

October 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

BANGKOK, 10 October 2017: The UN’s aviation agency has removed a safety “red flag” against Thailand civil aviation, the kingdom’s junta leader said Monday, in a major boost to the country’s stuttering airlines.

A 2015 audit by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of Thailand’s aviation compliance and management of regulations that govern airlines identified “significant safety concerns” prompting the downgrade.

That triggered restrictions on Thai carriers launching new international routes, cramping expansion plans for a sector that has in recent years laboured under debts and management woes. Read more

Qatar to fly to St Petersburg

October 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DOHA, Qatar, 9 October 2017:   Qatar Airways will launch daily flights to St. Petersburg, Russia this December, doubling its Russian routes.

The new daily service, due to start 19 December, will operate between Doha and St. Petersburg with an Airbus A320, offering 12 flatbed seats in Business Class and 120 seats in Economy Class.

St Petersburg, (Leningrad in the USSR era)  is home to the country’s incredible art collections, legendary Hermitage Museum, and internationally-recognised historic buildings. It is noted for its elegant canals and rich Imperial history. Read more

Air Berlin: Big jobs losses

October 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

FRANKFURT, 9 October 2017: About 1,400 Air Berlin workers may soon be out of a job, some as early as the end of this month, according to a union paper obtained by AFP on Saturday.

Many of the cuts would hit the bankrupt airline’s ground personnel and administration staff, whose contracts could end by the end of the month or in February 2018.

According to the document, Air Berlin could also soon stop operating, with only its subsidiary Niki continuing to fly. Read more

Tuesday strike will reduce flights

October 9, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

PARIS, 9 October 2017: The French civil aviation authority (DGAC) has recommended that airlines reduce their flights by 30% on Tuesday due to a strike call by civil service unions, the transport ministry said Friday.

The airports affected are likely to include Paris’ two main airports, Charles de Gaulle and Orly, as well as  Beauvais, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes.

“Disruptions are expected throughout the country” Tuesday, the ministry said in a statement. Read more

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