Transit passengers at Thai airports decline

April 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 24 April 2017: Transit passengers using Thai airports to connect with onward flights declined in March by 10.95%, according to Airports of Thailand’s data for March.

AoT reported that all of its supervised airports served 11,629,468 passengers up 8.49% from 10,719,026 when compared with the same month in 2016.

But the role of Thailand’s major airports as gateways declined with 68,864 transit passengers, down 10.95% from 77,329 in March 2016. Read more

Indonesia improves WEF ranking

April 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 18 April 2017: Indonesia climbs eight positions in the latest World Economic Forum’s World’s Travel & Tourism Competitive Index based on 2016 data and research.

In the previous indexes, Indonesia improved its rating from 70th place in 2014, 50th in 2015 and 42nd in 2016. The ratings measure tourism competitiveness.

In a recent press briefing Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya, credited the success to the country’s decision to elevate its tourism sector to a ‘Top Priority’ status for national  development. Read more

AoT reports Songkran travel surge

April 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 10 April 2017: Airports of Thailand estimates 5.36 million passengers will travel to and from six airports, under its management, during 5 to 18 April.

AoT said 32,357 flights will land and take off at the six airports during Thailand’s biggest festive week.

Songkran festival travel is the main driver, but domestic travel was already on the rise 5 April just a day ahead of the public holiday known as Chakri Memorable Day. Read more

Amsterdam airport overcrowded

April 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

THE HAGUE, 7 April 2017: Amsterdam’s rapidly-growing Schiphol airport is reaching its limits for the safe movement of planes on its busy airstrips, the Dutch safety watchdog warned Thursday, saying runway risks needed to be addressed before any further expansion.

“The boundaries to safely conclude air traffic movements are approaching,” the Dutch Safety Board (OVV) said in a report.

“There are no indications that the airport is unsafe at this point, but stakeholders need to act to reduce the safety risks,” the OVV said in the 215-page report. Read more

Australia tightens security

April 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 3 April 2017: Australia said at the weekend it would increase security checks for flights from some Middle East airports, but stopped short of implementing the laptop ban introduced by the United States and Britain.

Britain and the US banned laptops and tablet computers in cabins on flights from some countries in the Middle East and North Africa earlier this month, citing fears of possible attacks.

“Explosive detection screening will be conducted for randomly selected passengers and their baggage. Checks may also include targeted screening of electronic devices,” Transport Minister Darren Chester said in a statement. Read more

Threats to airport security

March 30, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

MONTREAL, 30 March 2017: The Canadian government said on Wednesday that it would take steps to counter any potential threats following a report saying workers at Montreal’s airport had been radicalised.

“The security and safety of all Canadians in airports and elsewhere remains a priority for this government. And we’ll continue to work with all partners to ensure that our airports remain secure,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

According to the Journal de Montreal newspaper, at least four workers at the Montreal international airport had their security clearances revoked after showing signs of radicalisation. Read more

Turkish introduces special care for laptops

March 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

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

Thai airports improve passenger traffic

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 24 March 2017: Airports of Thailand reported strong increases in both aircraft movements and passenger traffic at the six airports under its management during February this year.

AoT reported, on Tuesday, that all of its supervised airports served 11,177,269 passengers, up 4.59% from 10,686,642 when compared with the same month in 2016.

Overall, aircraft movements also increased by 2.96% from 64,624 to 66,535. Read more

Lost without my laptop

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

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

Turkey fumes over laptop ban

March 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

ANKARA, 23 March 2017: Turkey Wednesday stepped up its objections to US restrictions on large electronic devices on flights from some airports in the country and other regional hubs, saying it punished travellers instead of tackling the problem.

“It would be better to take measures together against those who are a threat instead of punishing normal passengers,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during a visit to Washington.

“If there are concerns over security, our departments should come together and take the necessary measures. This work cannot be done with bans,” Cavusoglu added, quoted by state-run news agency Anadolu. Read more

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