Lion launches third route to China

March 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 15 March 2017: Thai Lion Air will start flights from Bangkok to Nanchang in China 1 April.

According to the airline’s website, the new service will offer four weekly flights on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport to Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province in southeast China.

Nanchang is famous for its Lushan Mountain and Wuyuan Village and the Star of Nanchang the second largest Ferris wheel in the world. Read more

Lion readies for a fight

March 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 6 March 2017: Low-cost carrier, Thai Lion Air, will launch its latest domestic route connecting Bangkok (Don Mueang Airport) and the northeast town of Khon Kaen starting 17 March with 13 flights weekly.

According to the airline’s website, it will serve the route with a daily flight (SL648). A second flight (SL644) will also operate six weekly flights, (days 1,3,4,5, 6 and 7). Total: 13 flights weekly.

The new route will compete head-on with other low-cost airlines such as Nok Air that operates three daily flights and Thai AirAsia that operates four daily flights. Read more

Ryanair challenges Lufthansa

March 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

FRANKFURT, 2 March 2017: Irish low-cost airline Ryanair on Tuesday said it will expand routes from Germany’s Frankfurt airport in future, but warned of challenges ahead for the airline industry from Brexit.

The carrier will offer 20 new routes from Frankfurt to “sexy” destinations across Europe in its winter 2017 to 2018 flight plan, chief executive Michael O’Leary told a press conference at the airport.

Ryanair currently flies to Frankfurt-Hahn, situated about 120 kilometres (75 miles) from the city. Read more

Lion lifts off for China

March 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 1 March 2017: Thai Lion Air will commence two new routes connecting Bangkok to Chengdu and Chongqing in China effective today, 1 March.

According to the airline’s website, the new services will operate with a daily flight each departing Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport  Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

China is a key market for Thailand’s low-cost airlines. Read more

Lion Air woos Valentine’s Day bookings

February 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

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

Air Arabia reports loss

February 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

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

Tigerair terminates Bali flights

February 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Indonesia, News

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

Oman launches budget airline

January 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

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

Laos targets more international flights

January 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Laos PDR, News

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

Indian airlines flying high

January 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

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

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