IT improves passenger experience

December 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, trends

BANGKOK, 6 December 2017: The fundamental value of an airport – the ability to attract passengers who want to fly there – remains unchanged, or so Amadeus claims in its latest report.

But as passenger volumes continue to rise, worldwide, competition amongst airports intensifies.

That’s where Amadeus sings the praise of staying ahead of the curve, by building a sophisticated IT environment to create value for airport stakeholders. Read more

Changi the model airport

November 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Editor's Post, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 27 November 2017: When AirAsia’s CEO, Tony Fernandes, tweets people sit up and take note, particularly if it concerns airports.

So when the founder of Asia’s most successful low-cost airline says  “Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 4 is the model airport of the future for low-cost carriers,” we probably nod in agreement.

Even without all the technology packed into the brand new Terminal 4, Changi’s three other terminals, consistently gains accolades and awards that elude the grasp of Bangkok’s two international airports. Read more

Automated airports top wish list

November 14, 2017 by  

BARCELONA, 24 October 2017: Airline passengers expect technology to give them more personal control over their travel experience according to the International Air Transport Association’s 2017 Global Passenger Survey (GPS).

Based on 10,675 responses, worldwide, the survey provided insight into what passengers want from their air travel experience. Topping the list was a demand for more automation of airport processes.

Other items of the wish-list included the dissemination of information to mobile devices. Read more

Double the passengers by 2036

November 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SINGAPORE, 1 November 2017: Airline passenger traffic will increase to 7.8 billion by 2036, near double the 4 billion air travellers forecast for this year.

The forecast released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) last week, says the prediction is based on a 3.6% average compound annual growth rate (CAGR) identified in the latest update of the association’s 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast.

“All indicators lead to growing demand for global connectivity. The world needs to prepare for a doubling of passengers in the next 20 years,” said IATA’s director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac. Read more

US beefs up security at flight check-in

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

WASHINGTON, 30 October 2017: US-bound travellers face security interviews before checking in for flights on a number of global airlines as anti-terror measures are stepped up worldwide.

Starting last week, Lufthansa, Emirates, Air France and Norwegian Air confirmed that US authorities had asked for tougher controls at departure airports for nonstop flights to the United States. Other carriers issued statements also confirming the new measures.

“In addition to the controls of electronic devices already introduced, travellers to the USA might now also face short interviews at check-in, document check or gate,” a Lufthansa spokesperson said. Read more

Thailand’s smart plans for expansion

October 20, 2017 by  
Filed under MICE, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 29 October 2017: Thailand’s business travel sector should gain a  push from the government’s “Thailand 4.0” development strategy and elaborate plans to develop the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) including a major airport expansion.

The Eastern Economic Corridor plan, announced earlier this year, covers three provinces; Chachoengsao, Chonburi, Rayong, east and southeast, of Bangkok.

Public and private investment could reach THB1.5 trillion  (USD43 Billion) over five years. Read more

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

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