BANGKOK, 10 February 2017: Low-cost Thai Lion Air launches a “Happy Valentine’s Day” promotion for travel on selected domestic routes starting 13 February to the end of June, this year.
Bookings close 15 February, although the travel period extends to 30 June.
The promotion starts with a one-way fare, inclusive of all charges, ex-Bangkok, at THB680 to Ubon Ratchathani and Udon Thani. Read more
DUBAI, 10 February 2017: Air Arabia, the Middle East’s largest low-cost airline, announced, Thursday, its first-ever quarterly loss, blaming challenging market conditions and overcapacity.
The UAE carrier reported a net loss of 33 million dirhams (USD9 million) in the last three months of 2016, while revenue dropped 15% to 814 million dirhams.
Earnings of the Sharjah-based carrier “were impacted by (a) continuous drop in yield margins as a result of the overcapacity deployed in the market and the slow growth environment in major economic hubs,” said Air Arabia chairman Sheikh Abdullah al-Thani. Read more
BALI, 6 February 2017: Tigerair Australia has scrapped all flights to the resort island of Bali, the airline said Friday, after failing to obtain regulatory approval from Indonesian authorities.
Hundreds of tourists were stranded in Bali last month when the carrier’s flights were grounded temporarily after the airline allegedly broke Indonesian regulations.
“We have been advised by Indonesian authorities that in order to continue operating our flights to Bali, we would have to transfer to a new operating model that would take at least six months to implement,” Tigerair chief executive Rob Sharp said. Read more
MUSCAT, 31 January 2017: Omani budget carrier SalamAir launched operations, Monday, becoming the latest Gulf airline competing for the region’s low-cost travel market.
The airline said it began operations with a domestic flight from the southwest city of Salalah to the capital Muscat.
In addition to the domestic market, SalamAir will fly to Dubai, as well as Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, and Karachi in Pakistan, chairman Khalid al-Yahmadi told reporters. Read more
VIENTIANE, 17 January 2017: Lao PDR’s Department of Civil Aviation says its priority is to encourage more international airlines to serve the capital Vientiane.
In an interview with Vientiane Times the department claimed there were more direct flights to Laos, many of them charter flights during the peak tourist season November to April.
Flights from China are on the increase. Previously, only China Eastern Airlines operated flights, but now Sichuan Airlines and Hainan Airlines, both serve the country direct from China. Read more
NEW DELHI, 16 January 2017: A major acquisition by Indian budget airline SpiceJet, this week, underscored the vast potential of the world’s fastest-growing aviation market.
But there is another side to the story. Experts say woefully inadequate infrastructure and high operating costs could threaten the industry’s rapid expansion.
India’s burgeoning middle classes are taking to the skies in ever greater numbers, with passenger growth of 20% in 2015 according to industry body IATA — nearly double China’s 11% increase over the same period. Read more
SYDNEY, 12 January 2017: Airlineratings.com has announced its top 20 safest airlines and top 10 safest low-cost airlines for 2017 from the 425 it monitors.
The safety and product rating website, which has been monitoring airline safety since 2013, named Australia’s Qantas at the top of list of safest airlines for the fourth year in a row.
Qantas is famed for its fatality free record in the jet era, an extraordinary record. Read more
BANGKOK, 11 January 2017: Local media in Thailand is taking low-cost airlines to task for allegedly fleecing passengers who were stranded in flood stricken South Thailand.
Thai Rath, a leading Thai language newspaper, led the attack with AirAsia and Nok Air taking the brunt of criticism as they muster the most flights to destinations affected by floods.
Thai Rath claimed the price of an airline ticket from Trang to Bangkok ranged between THB3,178 to THB3,403 for 11 January departures, while on the 13 January the fares on the same route were sold at THB1,793 to THB2,749. Read more
FRANKFURT, 11 January 2017: Ryanair has overtaken Lufthansa to become Europe’s largest airline by passenger numbers, figures on Tuesday showed, allowing the Irish budget carrier to snatch the crown from the German rival for the first time.
The Lufthansa group — which includes Austrian Airlines, Swiss, and low-cost Eurowings — said in a statement it had carried a record 109.7 million passengers in 2016, up 1.8% on the year before.
But it was not enough to beat the low-cost giant, which last week announced a 15% jump in passenger numbers to 117 million. Read more
LONDON, 9 January 2017: EasyJet flew 74.5 million passengers last year thanks mainly to low oil prices, but it slipped further behind industry leader Ryanair.
It remains in second place in Europe in terms of passengers carried behind low-cost rival Ryanair, but the Irish no-frills airline on Thursday reported a 15% gain to 117 million passengers in 2016, an all-time record.
An EasyJet spokeswoman said the acquisition of new Airbus A320 aircraft helped it offer more destinations and attract more clients. Read more