Indonesia’s Batik Air is aiming to launch services to Australia in 2Q2017, following a lengthy preparation phase after securing Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approvals in late 2016. Batik, a full service airline under the Lion Group, plans to initially operate from Bali to Perth, providing new competition to AirAsia, Garuda and Jetstar.
Fukuoka Airport in Japan is next on the list for privatisation. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLITT) made the announcement at the end of Mar-2017, offering a 30-year concession to be made available by Apr-2019 with a minimum bid price of JPY161 billion (USD1.45 billion). Tender details will be released in May-2017 and it is intended that an operator will be appointed in May-2018.
Accommodation costs are fast becoming the largest component in corporate travel spend as rates continue to rise, while air fares, the other major component, remain low. Hotel rates reflect more demand than supply in major markets but new properties may begin to start addressing some of the shortfall.
United Airlines, Australia’s largest 787-9 year-round operator, uses new type to improve product and efficiency
United Airlines is maintaining its position as the largest 787-9 year-round operator in the Australia market despite expansion from Vietnam Airlines.
Auckland Airport’s light rail plan is critical to facilitate tourism growth but when will it be delivered?
A debate is gathering pace around the world as to whether airports should support the construction of air-rail links, connecting a city’s downtown or Central Business District (CBD) and possibly some of the main suburbs, to the airport. The benefits for the traveller, for the population of the city and for the environment are clear but it is a debate because by having such a rail link, important car parking revenues and ride-sharing activities can be reduced.
Philippine Airlines to upgrade Australia service as retrofitted A330-300s and A321neos are introduced
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is planning several upgrades to its Australia operation over the next year as new and retrofitted aircraft enter its fleet.
Whether the hotel industry likes it or not, it seems - at the moment anyway - Airbnb is here to stay. According to the organisation, growth is happening quickly and expansion even faster, with accommodation existing in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries. It is evident that as they grow, there is continual pressure to find new markets and more opportunity.
Lufthansa is targeting corporate sales in Australia as it implements a new joint venture (JV) with Singapore Airlines (SIA) in the Australia-Europe market. Australia is a large and strategically important offline market for the Lufthansa Group which it expects will grow as joint sales with SIA are pursued.
Malaysia’s Malindo Air is preparing to launch its third destination in Australia in 4Q2017 following delivery of its first widebody aircraft. Melbourne and Sydney are both under consideration with Melbourne the more likely initial selection, followed potentially by Sydney in 2018.
Sydney Airport, welcomed (29-Mar-2017) Vietnam Airlines’ new Hanoi-Sydney service with a fitting water salute as the first of the route touched down. The services are expected to deliver an additional 85,000 seats per year to Sydney and generate AUD62 million in inbound visitor expenditure.