Vienna welcomes THAI flight

November 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Thailand, Your Stories

VIENNA, 17 November 2017: THAI’s newest service to Austria’s capital, Vienna, received a warm welcome from  the airport’s management.

Welcoming the inaugural flight, Vienna International Airport Management Board member, Julian Jager (sixth from left), congratulated the airline’s acting president, Usanee Sangsingkeo, (fifth from left) on establishing the new service.

The airport presented a special celebratory cake to mark the arrival of the first flight to Vienna, Austria. Read more

Changi T4 a snapshot of the future

November 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 17 November 2017: Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 4 is the model airport of the future for low-cost carriers, according to AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes.

The founder and CEO of the airline said AirAsia would use data from its operations at Changi T4, which boasts the Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST) system, as an ongoing case study on how to improve LCC airport processes through greater digitalisation, Read more

Full throttle for Air Race 1

November 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 16 November 2017: Thailand revs up to host the prestigious Air Race 1 World Cup Thailand 2017,  17 to 19 November, at U-Tapao International Airport.

The airport is part of the Royal Thai Naval air base in Sattahip, Chon Buri province, which is quickly emerging as an international airport for flights to regional destinations, particularly China.

Air Race 1 is considered as one of the fastest, most thrilling motorsports. Read more

Qatar makes it five in Thailand

November 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways has confirmed it will start direct flights, 28 January 2018, to U-tapao airport, just 30 km south of  Pattaya on the Gulf of Thailand coast.

The four-weekly service from Doha to U-tapao will become the airline’s fifth route to Thailand.

It already flies to Bangkok, Krabi, Phuket and is scheduled to start a service to Chiang Mai, 12 December. Read more

Changi registers healthy growth

November 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 2 November 2017: Singapore Changi Airport registered 4.93 million passenger movements in September, a 7.5% year-on-year increase.

Aircraft movements rose 4% to 30,490 landings and take-offs.

Passenger traffic for September was boosted by growth across all regions, with traffic to and from South Asia rising 13%, the sixth month of consecutive double-digit growth. Read more

Changi opens tech-packed T4

November 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 1 November 2017: Singapore’s Changi Airport opened a cutting-edge terminal, Tuesday, with a fully automated check-in system including facial scanning and computerised baggage drop points, but some passengers struggled with the new technology.

Terminal 4, built at a cost of SGD985 million (USD723 million), will have an annual capacity of 16 million people and is aimed at coping with an expected increase in passenger numbers through one of Asia’s top travel hubs.

It is packed with new technology, meaning passengers should in theory be able to check in and board without having to talk to airport staff. Read more

Easyjet buys slice of Air Berlin

October 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 31 October 2017: British low-cost carrier easyJet has reached an agreement to buy part of bankrupt carrier Air Berlin’s operations at the German capital’s Tegel Airport for 40 million euros (USD46.4 million).

EasyJet will enter into leases for up to 25 A320 aircraft and take over slots, it said, as the last Air Berlin flights were set to land back in Germany.

The company also said it was hoping to recruit around 1,000 Air Berlin pilots and cabin crew over the coming months, to be employed on German contracts. Read more

First flight to St Helena

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

JAMESTOWN, UK, 16 October 2017: The first scheduled commercial flight landed at St. Helena Saturday, opening the small British island in the South Atlantic to the world after centuries of isolation.

Around 100 islanders came out to the airport to watch the historic landing of the Embraer 190 jet, which came from Johannesburg.

On the tarmac, some 60 incoming passengers were welcomed by the island’s smiling governor, Lisa Phillips. Read more

Berliners vote for Tegel

September 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

BERLIN, 26 September 2017: Berliners have voted to keep open the Cold War-era city airport Tegel, threatening political turbulence in the German capital and more trouble for Chancellor Angela Merkel after a bruising election victory.

Tegel or TXL has long been marked for closure, but an embarrassing years-long delay in opening its larger replacement airport BER led to a popular push to keep operating it after all as the capital’s second airport.

In a referendum held on the same day as the general election, some 56.1% of voters supported the drive to keep Tegel open, the final results showed late Sunday. Read more

Mischief maker swaps bag tags

September 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 22 September 2017: A Singaporean baggage handler has been charged with “mischief” for allegedly swapping tags on hundreds of suitcases at the city-state’s airport, causing them to end up at the wrong destination.

Tay Boon Keh, 63, could be jailed if found guilty of having swapped the tags on 286 bags at Changi Airport, one of the world’s busiest hubs and often voted the world’s best airport.

Tay, who appeared in court Tuesday, is facing 286 counts of mischief. Read more

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