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
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
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
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
BANGKOK, 22 March 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 906,558 travellers, January to February, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports representing a decline of 10.14% when compared with 1,008,879 visits during the same period last year.
ATTA released its data, Monday, based on fees member agencies pay to the two airports to provide meet-and-greet services for international clients, but limited to travel through Bangkok.
The association president, Charoen Wangananont, said the slow down was due to an above average and extraordinary growth registered during the first two months of 2016. Read more
OKINAWA, 22 March 2017: Routes Asia announced at the close of its Okinawa event Monday that Brisbane, Australia, would host the 2018 Routes Asia conference.
The event brings together airlines, airports and stakeholders to discuss air service to, from and within Asia-Pacific.
A consortium comprising of Brisbane Airport Corporation, Brisbane Marketing, Tourism Australia, Tourism Events Queensland and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre will underwrite the 2018 event. Read more
WASHINGTON, 22 March 2017: The United States and Britain on Tuesday banned larger electronic devices from the passenger cabin on flights from some airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa.
American officials warned that extremists are seeking “innovative” ways to attack airliners with smaller explosive devices hidden in consumer electronics bigger than smartphones.
The US has given nine airlines from eight countries until the weekend to tell travellers to America to pack laptops, tablets and portable game consoles in their hold luggage. Read more
HANOI, 21 March 2017: The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Transport, to increase landing and takeoff fees for airlines, as well as passenger service taxes.
Tuoi Tre News media reported the current fee for passengers at Category A airports is VND70,000 (USD3.13) per person and VND60,000 (USD2.68) per person for Category B airports.
The CAAV proposal, if accepted, would raise fees to VND90,909 (USD4.06) and VND72,727 (USD3.25), respectively. Read more
VIENTIANE, 21 March 2017: The Vientiane International Airport Terminal Expansion project is now behind schedule.
Construction began in December 2015 and is due to be completed by 2018.
Vientiane Times’ said the project’s monthly progress report stated 13% of the work was competed by the end of February short of the targeted 16% as stated in the official workflow chart. Read more
QUANG NAM, 20 March 2017: Vietjet Air is seeking Ministry of Transport’s permission to embark on a massive upgrade of Chu Lai Airport in Quang Nam province.
Saigon Times media reported the airline was seeking approval to conduct a pre-feasibility study that would give the airport a new passenger terminal with a capacity of 4 to 5 million passengers.
Vietjet has joined hands with the US Parsons Corporation to compile a four-phase plan. Read more