AoT reports passenger gains

June 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 22 June 2017: Two North Thailand gateway airports registered increases in international passengers; Chiang Mai up 5% and Chiang Rai, a remarkable rise of 244%, due to an increase in flights from China during May.

Airports of Thailand’s latest report monitored increases in both aircraft movements and passenger traffic at five of its six airports during May this year. Hat Yai suffered a loss in international passenger numbers.

AoT reported, Wednesday, that all of its supervised airports served 10,195,790 passengers up 5.83% from 9,633,787 when compared with the same month last year. Read more

HCMC airport plans

June 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 21 June 2017: Vietnam’s relevant agencies will establish an assessment council responsible for the Tan Son Nhat International Airport expansion project and submit a report to the government before December.

Saigon Times media reported Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has assigned the Ministry of Transport to hire an international consultant to study the long-awaited expansion of the airport that will increase handling capacity to around 45 million passengers a year.

The government has asked the ministry to consider all possible options, including those proposed by domestic consultants. Read more

Airports ban claim ads

June 21, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

MONTREAL, 21 June 2017: Canada’s two largest airports in Montreal and Toronto have banned ads from a company that helps passengers bumped from overbooked flights to get compensation from airlines, the company’s president said Tuesday.

Flight Claim posted billboards inside the Montreal terminal promising up to CND1,800 for bumped passengers, as well as for cancelled or delayed flights.

But company president Jacob Charbonneau said the Montreal airport pulled the ads after only five days, while the Toronto airport outright refused to run the promotion. Read more

AoT rants over airport ranking

June 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 20 June 2017: Thailand’s Airports of Thailand has challenged a popular airport ranking that places Suvarnabhumi Airport as the world’s ninth worst airport on a chart of 10 poor performers.

Specialising in safety and passenger rights AirHelp.com completed the ranking last April.

Suvarnabhumi airport was ranked in ninth place out of a total of 10 airports, deemed the worst in the world. The website said the study measured on-time performance, quality of service and passenger sentiments. Read more

Saudis deny Qatar blockade

June 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

RIYADH, 15 June 2017: Saudi Arabia insisted on Tuesday that its neighbour Qatar was not under blockade as a Gulf diplomatic dispute escalated amid increasing international concern over its effects on ordinary people.

The gas-rich emirate’s only land border is with the Saudi kingdom, and the closure of both it and Saudi, Bahraini and Emirati airspace to Qatar Airways flights has caused major disruption.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, in Washington for talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, insisted that moves to isolate Qatar were reasonable. Read more

Handouts win airline hearts

June 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Mekong, News

LUANG PRABANG, 14 June 2017: Airports and national tourist offices in the Greater Mekong Sub-region are playing a pivotal role to attract airlines to fly to secondary airports, according to ForwardKeys director of business development APAC, Jameson Wong.

Faced by bottlenecks at gateway airports, governments and airport authorities are canvassing airlines to fly to secondary destinations.

The strategy has accelerated in the Greater Mekong Sub-region following the ratification of ASEAN Open Skies Agreement. Read more

HCMC signals green light on airport

June 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 9 June 2017: Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Committee has notified the Ministry of Construction that it agrees with the ministry’s master plan to boost capacity by up to 40% at Tan Son Nhat Airport.

Local media reported that according to the master plan, Tan Son Nhat Airport would add a runway, a new terminal (T4) with a capacity of 15 million passengers and parking aprons with technical maintenance areas to achieve a 43 to 45 million passenger annual capacity. Read more

India’s aviation on fast track

June 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

NEW DELHI, 6 June 2017: India’s civil aviation industry has emerged as one of the fastest growing industries in the country during the last three years, according to a report by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

A media briefing reported by the Press Information Bureau noted there has been a 19% growth in domestic passenger traffic from about 61 million in 2014 to 100 million in 2016 to 2017.

India is now the third largest aviation market in the world and destined to grow even further. Read more

New airport bus service

June 2, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 2 June 2017: A new bus service launched, Thursday, between Suvarnabhumi Airport and Khao San Road and Sanam Luang should make it more convenient for backpackers to transfer from the airport to their favourite downtown haunt.

Operated by Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, the S1 Line operates with eight Euro 2 buses from 0600 to 2000. The fare is THB60 one-way.

The bus will depart from Suvarnabhumi airport passenger terminal’s ground floor Gate 7 every 30 minutes. Read more

BA battles IT glitch

May 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 29 May 2017: British Airways said it hoped to resume most flights out of London’s major airports on Sunday after a computer systems failure caused chaos for thousands of passengers on a busy holiday weekend.

It warned of some “knock-on disruption” to schedules as aircraft and crews are out of position around the world.

“At this stage we are aiming to operate a near-normal schedule of flights from Gatwick and the majority of our Heathrow services,” it said in a statement. Read more

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