Ryanair calls for booze curb

August 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 16 August 2017: Ryanair on Monday called for British airports to impose a two-drink limit on passengers and end boozing at breakfast time to help curb a rise in rowdy passengers.

The Irish no-frills airline wants airport bars and restaurants to check boarding passes and sell no more than two alcohol drinks per pass, in addition to stopping them selling any alcohol before 1000.

Ryanair said its intervention came “in the wake of increased disruptive behaviour from passengers travelling from British airports”. Read more

TM6 form just a duplication

August 11, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 11 August 2017: Thai travellers will face less paper work when they travel overseas, this October, following a decision  to phase out the departure and arrival card known as TM6, but only for its nationals.

Foreigners entering Thailand will still have to complete a brand new TM6 that will incorporate additional questions to aid tourism marketing.

Travellers fill out the form at land, sea and air borders, but it is the main gateway airports that cannot cope with the long queues at immigration counters. Read more

Popularity causes checkpoint delays

August 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 9 August 2017: Thailand’s second gateway Don Mueang International Airport pledges to improve airport immigration services after passengers suffered delays of up to four hours to pass through immigration checks last weekend.

The country’s Immigration Bureau acknowledged that it was grossly understaffed and efforts to recruit hundreds of new officers to staff empty checkpoints at both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports have largely failed.

Thailand’s tourism planners and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports are partly to blame for the long queues. More support was needed to head off the immigration bureau staff shortage when alerted three years ago. Read more

2017 slumps 7% for Thai agents

August 7, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Tour Companies

BANGKOK, 7 August 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 3,365,734 travellers, January to July this year, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports representing a decline of 7.2% from 3,627,261 trips during the same period last year.

ATTA released its data, late last week, based on fees member agencies pay to the two airports to provide a meet-and-greet service for international clients, but limited to travel through Bangkok.

The association vice president, Mingkwan Metmowlee, said organise programmes and provide products corresponding to the state’s policy would help to boost tourism business. Read more

Big gaps in airport security

August 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 4 August 2017: Major security gaps persist at Australian airports despite authorities’ efforts to tighten screenings after thwarting an alleged terror plot to blow up a plane, the pilots’ union has warned.

Four men were arrested in Sydney on Saturday accused of planning an attack using an improvised explosive device, prompting authorities to tighten security at airports across the nation.

But pilots, who have to be screened alongside air crew, retail workers and passengers, said similar requirements were not in place for ground staff, who are instead issued with security cards. Read more

Lion Air clips a wing

August 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 4 August 2017: Two passenger planes collided at an airport in the Indonesian city of Medan on Thursday, an airline spokesman said, the latest incident to hit the country’s beleaguered aviation sector.

A Boeing aircraft operated by Lion Air was taxying along the runway after landing at Kualanamu airport on the island of Sumatra when it clipped the wing of a Wings Air craft waiting to depart for Meulaboh in Aceh province.

No one was injured in the incident and authorities are investigating the cause of the collision. Read more

Thailand updates aviation standards

August 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

BANGKOK, 3 August 2017: An increase in security personnel at the country’s airports has been recommended by ICAO to enhance Thailand aviation industry.

Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand general director, Chula Sukmanop, said the latest ICAO assessment of Thailand’s civil aviation sector found no security concerns, but it did issue a list of 49 recommendations.

The ICAO assessment on the country aviation sector under the USAP-CMA programme was held, 11 to 21 July, he said, adding that the outcome found no issues for concern over security based on a 463-point checklist. Read more

AoT: Passenger traffic up 10%

July 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 27 July 2017: Airports of Thailand reports strong increases in both aircraft movements and passenger traffic at the six airports under its management during June this year.

AoT reported Monday, that all of its supervised airports served 9,826,105 passengers, up 10.73% from 8,874,089 when compared with the same month last year.

Of that total, 4,917,045 were disembarking passengers (+11.05% from 4,427,833); 4,829,561 embarking (+10.54% from 4,368,875) and 79,499 transiting (+2.74% from 77,381).     Read more

Research on HCMC airport expansion

July 20, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 20 July 2017: Ho Chi Minh City’s Party Committee will invite lecturers from the University of Technology and foreign experts to partake in Tan Son Nhat Airport expansion project studies.

Local media reported the scheme comes under the Party Chief Nguyen Thien Nhan’s decision.

According to People’s Committee plan, a research team for the project will present an outline with the participation of the Ministry of Transport, the Government Office, and aviation agencies by next month. Read more

Thailand’s makes aviation progress

July 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 13 July 2017 (NNT): The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has acknowledged Thailand’s attempts to address red-flag security issues according to Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith,  the National News bureau of Thailand reported earlier this week.

The long-term objective is to develop the country as a major regional aviation hub.

He said an ICAO Asia-Pacific delegation acknowledged a progress report presented by Thai officials that addresses aviation security concerns raised by ICAO red flags. Read more

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