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American Airlines and Qatar Airways expand codeshare partnership on 18 services

28 June, 2022

American Airlines and Qatar Airways expanded their codeshare partnership to place AA codes on the following Qatar Airways services from 30-Jun-2022, according to OAG:

  • Doha-Addis Ababa: Twice weekly;
  • Doha-Amman: Daily;
  • Doha-Bangkok Suvarnabhumi: 15 times weekly;
  • Doha-Colombo: 22 times weekly;
  • Doha-Dammam: 11 times weekly;
  • Doha-Dar Es Salaam: Daily;
  • Doha-Entebbe: Four times weekly;
  • Doha-Jakarta: 22 times weekly;
  • Doha-Jeddah: 10 times weekly;
  • Doha-Kilimanjaro: Eight times weekly;
  • Doha-Kuala Lumpur: Daily;
  • Doha-Lusaka: Five times weekly;
  • Doha-Male: Twice daily;
  • Doha-Muscat: Five times weekly;
  • Doha-Nairobi: 13 times weekly;
  • Doha-Phuket: Twice weekly;
  • Doha-Riyadh: 12 times weekly;
  • Doha-Singapore: Nine times weekly.

Qatar Airways and Airlink sign new codeshare agreement

28 June, 2022

Qatar Airways signed (27-Jun-2022) a comprehensive codeshare agreement with Airlink (South Africa) to enhance joint connectivity across 45 destinations, boosting links between southern Africa and the US, Europe and Asia. The new agreement expands Qatar Airways' southern African presence with new connections to Port Elizabeth, Hoedspruit, Skukuza and George as well as to points in BotswanaNamibiaZambiaZimbabwe and Mozambique. Qatar Airways operates 35 weekly frequencies to South Africa, serving Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban from Doha. [more - original PR - English/Arabic]

Air New Zealand resumes Queenstown-Sydney service

28 June, 2022

Air New Zealand resumed Queenstown-Sydney service on 25-Jun-2022, scheduled to operate nine times weekly (aviacionline.com, 27-Jun-2022). According to OAG, Jetstar Airways and Qantas Airways also operate the route. 

Royal Brunei Airlines operating from Heathrow T4

27 June, 2022

Royal Brunei Airlines announced (16-Jun-2022) its service to and from London Heathrow Airport will operate from Terminal 4, effective 16-Jun-2022. [more - original PR]

Oman Air to join oneworld

21 June, 2022

oneworld announced (20-Jun-2022) Oman Air's admittance into the alliance, with implementation effective 2024. The milestone makes oneworld the only global alliance with three members in the Middle East, after Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian, and marks oneworld's third new member in five years. Oman Air currently serves five oneworld member hubs, comprising Amman, Colombo, Doha, Kuala Lumpur and London Heathrow, and codeshares with oneworld members Malaysia Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian. As previously reported by CAPA, Oman Air CEO Abdulaziz Al Raisi noted entry into oneworld may impact other partnerships, stating: "Some of the codeshares are very good, some which are not so cooperative we will get out of". [more - original PR]

Delta Air Lines to resume Minneapolis-Seoul service from 02-Oct-2022

20 June, 2022

Delta Air Lines announced (17-Jun-2022) plans to resume three times weekly Minneapolis-Seoul Incheon service using A350-900 equipment from 02-Oct-2022. The carrier also plans to increase frequency to daily from 29-Oct-2022. The resumption represents full restoration of the carrier's South Korean network to pre-pandemic levels. Delta Air Lines VP Asia Pacific Matteo Curcio stated: "As travel restrictions ease, international and business travel is expected to drive the next leg of Delta's recovery. Recent demand has been strong in Asian markets, particularly in Korea, as they have rolled back COVID-era travel restrictions. Full restoration of the airline's Korean network is a positive indicator of what's to come for the rest of the Asia region". [more - original PR]

AirAsia X to operate services to London, Dubai and Istanbul in 2022

16 June, 2022

AirAsia X announced (15-Jun-2022) plans to resume Kuala Lumpur-London service and launch services to Dubai and Istanbul in 2022. The carrier also operates from Kuala Lumpur to Delhi, Sydney, Seoul, Tokyo Haneda, Sapporo and Osaka. AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail stated: "As our services grow, we will continue to bring our fleet of aircraft out of hibernation and, we can look forward to gradually bringing our valued pilots and cabin crew who were on furlough back". He added the carrier is confident of returning to pre-COVID-19 capacity on some routes within the next 12 months. [more - original PR]

Germany lifts COVID-19 entry restrictions

14 June, 2022

Germany's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, via its official website, announced (Jun-2022) it provisionally lifted all COVID-19 entry restrictions on 11-Jun-2022. As a result, travel to Germany is again permitted for all travel purposes, while proof of COVID-19 vaccination, recovery or testing is no longer required. The ministry stated that due to "reciprocity", travellers residing in China still require an "important reason to enter Germany", however this restriction does not apply to German citizens residing in China.

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 4 to reopen in Sep-2022

13 June, 2022

Changi Airport Group announced (10-Jun-2022) plans to reopen Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 4 in Sep-2022 as passenger traffic continues to recover. The reopening will add to the airport's operating capacity and enable the airport to meet the recovery of pre-coronavirus passenger traffic in the northern winter season from 30-Oct-2022. While time is needed to sign new leases with concessionaires, it is expected that a small number of retail outlets and food and beverage options will be available to serve passengers when T4 reopens. It is expected that airlines previously operating at T4 will return to the terminal upon its reopening. Changi Airport Group will work with the airlines on the relocation details. [more - original PR]

Taiwan to reduce quarantine for arrivals to three days

13 June, 2022

Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center announced (11-Jun-2022) plans to reduce the COVID-19 related quarantine period for all arrivals from seven days to three days, effective 15-Jun-2022. Visitors will still be banned from going out unless absolutely necessary during the period from the fourth day through the seventh day after arrival. Arrivals are also still required to present a COVID-19 PCR test result within two days before their scheduled flight to Taiwan. [more - original PR]

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