PAL in a pickle over unpaid fees

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Philippines

MANILA, 2 October 2017: The Philippine government has threatened its flag carrier with legal action over unpaid fees and ordered it to pay millions in back charges, as President Rodrigo Duterte said he could cut off its access to Manila’s main airport.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) owes 7.3 billion pesos (USD142 million) in landing, navigational and other fees, according to the government, which says some of the charges date back years.

Duterte’s spokesman Ernesto Abella told reporters Thursday that the transport ministry had issued the airline with a final demand for full payment, and was prepared to take legal action in order to “protect the interest of the government”. Read more

Cebu Pacific includes tax in fares

September 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Philippines

SINGAPORE, 29 September 2017: The Philippines’ low-cost airline, Cebu Pacific, is now including the cost of the Domestic Passenger Service Charge (DPSC) in all ticket quotes.

Commonly known as the “Terminal Fee” the inclusion is for domestic flights operating out of airports managed by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

It became effective across the airline’s booking system for domestic flight sectors, 15 September. CAAP was the last airports operator to allow airlines to collect the tax. Previously, passengers had to queue at tax counters to pay the fee prior to boarding. Read more

Air travel dominates with cheap fares

September 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 28 September 2017: Thailand’s latest tourism statistics through to the end of August indicate that 85.2% of all visits are air arrivals, clocked in at immigration counters in airports, leaving just 13.6% to cross at overland borders and 1.2% to disembark at seaports.

Air travel dominates even for travel from neighbouring countries. Fares are cheap than ever before, while overland bus travel is considered risky and time consuming.

In August alone arrivals by air reached 2,670,430 as opposed to 425,634 by land and 37,347 by sea. Read more

Singapore shines as Asia’s Megahub

September 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 27 September 2017: Based on connections and destinations served, Singapore’s Changi gains the megahub title in Asia, according to the latest OAG Megahubs International Index 2017.

If you are looking for an airport that offers the maximum connections and destinations, then of all the 16 airports in Asia that figured in the OAG top-50 annual index, Singapore led the way.

Singapore was the top ranked Asian airport and in the global-50 list it was placed 6th with a connectivity index of 257. Read more

More US travel bans in the making

September 25, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 25 September 2017: More countries could be hit with tough travel restrictions to the United States after the ban on people from six mainly Muslim countries expires from Sunday, Trump administration officials hinted at the weekend.

White House and Homeland Security officials said that after a 50-day review, they had identified a number of countries that could not or were not willing to meet US standards for identifying potential terror threats.

President Donald Trump, whose initial measures against the six countries were blasted as an effective “Muslim ban,” has yet to make a final decision on which nations will make the new list for much-restricted issuance of US visas, they said. Read more

Passenger traffic at Changi rises

September 22, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 22 September 2017: Singapore Changi Airport registered 5.27 million passenger movements in August, a 7.0% year-on-year increase.

There was a 10.7% increase in airfreight throughput to 180,590 tonnes, while aircraft movements rose 4.9% to 31,750 landings and take-offs.

Passenger traffic during August was supported by growth across all regions, with air travel to and from South Asia, Africa and the Americas rising by double digits. Read more

Data partnership supports airports

September 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 8 September 2017: Airports are about to receive an enhanced insight on their travellers’ profile following a new collaboration between ForwardKeys and Skyscanner,

ForwardKeys predicts future global travel patterns by analysing more than 17 million booking transactions a day, while Skyscanner the award-winning global travel search site.

The agreement to share data will enable airports to see the catchment areas of their travellers and discover whether they are suffering from “leakage” to other airports. It will help airport executives decide which new routes to develop. Read more

Travel agents see market shrink

August 31, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Tour Companies

BANGKOK, 31 August 2017: Thailand’s inbound travel companies continue to face declines in tourists using their services, based on the latest data from the Association of Thai Travel Agents.

Based on a meet-and-greet tally at Bangkok’s two gateway airports, ATTA members provided services for 3,740,187 travellers, January to August 20, this year, down by 6%.

ATTA provides the most accurate barometer of the state of health of the inbound travel agency scene, but limited to guests met at Bangkok’s two gateway airports. Read more

Singaporeans fast track immigration

August 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 21 August 2017: The first automated passport checkpoints opened at the weekend at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport in a bid to reduce long queues at immigration checkpoints.

The automated channels are now open to Singaporean travellers in the first phase of a project to introduce automated checks for foreign passport holders.

Thai nationals have been using automated checkpoints for more than five years, but the at least one official is on duty to assist travellers who are not confident with the automated process. Read more

Fewer gates for eVisa travel

August 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 21 August 2017: Travellers should be aware that Cambodia’s eVisa is not available at every immigration checkpoint in the country.

Cambodia Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced, last week, a decision to restrict the scope of the eVisa with regards entry locations.

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