Qatar continues route expansion

December 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DOHA, 29 December 2017: Qatar Airways looks ahead to 2018, promising the launch of services to new destinations.

The line up includes new flights to Penang, Malaysia; Canberra, Australia; Thessaloniki, Greece and Cardiff, Wales, the airline’s fifth UK gateway.

The airline will also be the global launch customer for the Airbus A350-1000 in 2018. Read more

Singapore airfares fall

November 17, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore, trends

SINGAPORE 17 November 2017: CWT Solutions Group, the consulting division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, and CAPA identified that the Average Ticket Price (ATP) for Singapore on several key business routes has decreased over the past year.

Airfares between Singapore and destinations such as Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and New York fell more than 5% year-on-year.

These findings were published in Business Travel Pulse, a recent report focusing on Singapore one of Asia’s major aviation gateways. Read more

Vietjet to add Thai services

November 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand, Vietnam

BANGKOK, 3 November 2017: VietJet Air has confirmed it will launch nonstop services to Chiang Mai and Phuket from its Ho Chi Minh City home base this December.

According to timetable details, released by Airlineroute for the winter timetable 2017/18, the nonstop service to Phuket will start 15 December with four weekly services on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

The Ho Chi Minh City-Chiang Mai route will be served by four weekly flights starting 12 December. Read more

Amadeus backs Mekong seminar

September 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Mekong, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 25 September, 2017:  Amadeus and the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) are jointly organising the first Mekong Trends Aviation Seminar, in Bangkok, 10 October.

They are inviting industry leaders to attend from the six member countries of the Mekong Region; Cambodia, China (Yunnan and Guang Xi provinces) Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam

The inaugural Mekong Trends Aviation Seminar will highlight the key insights of the recently published Mekong Trends Snapshot on Air Transport in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS). Read more

Data partnership supports airports

September 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 8 September 2017: Airports are about to receive an enhanced insight on their travellers’ profile following a new collaboration between ForwardKeys and Skyscanner,

ForwardKeys predicts future global travel patterns by analysing more than 17 million booking transactions a day, while Skyscanner the award-winning global travel search site.

The agreement to share data will enable airports to see the catchment areas of their travellers and discover whether they are suffering from “leakage” to other airports. It will help airport executives decide which new routes to develop. Read more

Mekong delta to draw airlines

July 18, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

CAN THO, 18 July 2017: South Vietnam’s Mekong Delta city of Can Tho will encourage airlines to serve more direct domestic and international routes, targeting promising markets in Asia.

Local media quoted Can Tho Department of Transport deputy director, Le Tien Dung, at a working session between the municipal People’s Committee and the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) last week.

Routes under consideration that would connect Can Tho with the northern port city of Hai Phong, Vinh City, Cam Ranh, Hue and Da Lat and the central highlands province of Lam Dong.  Read more

AoT marketing brings new flights

BANGKOK, 2 May 2017: Airports of Thailand reports six airlines have started new services to Thailand from November last year to April this year.

AoT president, Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, said that the company has succeeded in attracting six international airlines to launch flights to Thailand since last November.

AoT offers marketing support and financial incentives to support flight launches particularly to secondary airports that need to extend network cover to regional destinations. Read more

Cambodia and Laos ink aviation accord

March 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, Laos PDR, News

PHNOM PENH, 27 March 2017: Cambodia and Laos have signed an accord to encourage regional airlines to increase services on routes between the two countries in a move to boost tourism.

Khmer Times quoted Cambodia’s State Secretariat of Civil Aviation’s air transport director, Vann Chanty, saying the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will encourage airlines in both countries to operate more flights between Cambodia and Laos.

Connectivity between tourist destinations in the two countries is poor, forcing travellers to make expensive backtracks to gateway cities. It adds to travel costs either for overnight accommodation if the earliest connection is on the following day or having to buy two or more sector fares. Read more

Routes Asia opens in Japan

March 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

OKINAWA, 20 March 2017: Routes Asia opened at the weekend here Okinawa attracting over 930 route development professionals from 110 airlines, 170 airports and 20 tourism authorities.

The event is being held at the Okinawa Convention Centre through to 21 March.

“Routes Asia 2017 highlights Okinawa airline’s access from Asian cities, such as Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul and Bangkok,” said Takeshi Onaga, Governor of Okinawa Prefecture at the opening ceremony. Read more

Thai AirAsia builds Pattaya hub

February 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

PATTAYA, 17 February 2017: Thai AirAsia will launch flights from Pattaya (U-Tapao) to Phuket and Ubon Ratchathani starting 30 March.

Speaking at a press briefing, Wednesday, the airline’s commercial director, Santisuk Klongchaiya, said the two new routes would strengthen the airline’s regional network from Pattaya.

“Regional connections in Thailand are a  core strength of Thai AirAsia’s and part of its policy to create new travel opportunities for all the country’s regions through direct flights.” Read more

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