BANGKOK, 24 April 2017: Thai AirAsia has received AOC Re-Certification of its ICAO standard from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, last week.
Minister of Transport, Arkhom Termpittayapaisit, chaired the presentation joined by Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand director general, Chula Sukmanop. Read more
HANOI, 7 April 2017: Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam cast doubt on a recent report that claimed AirAsia, a Malaysian low-cost carrier, plans to partner up with domestic firms to start an airline in Vietnam.
Vietnam Investment Review media quoted the CAAV deputy director, Vo Huy Cuong, saying he had seen the news in the media, but not elsewhere, casting doubt on the accuracy of the reporting.
AirAsia has not submitted an application to establish a joint venture with Gumin and Hai Au Aviation, although privately officials say there might have been talks between the parties to consider a joint venture. Read more
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
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
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
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
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