News for Asia

Korean Air to resume Seoul-Las Vegas service from Jul-2022

25 April, 2022

Korean Air is scheduled to resume three times weekly Seoul Incheon-Las Vegas service, effective 10-Jul-2022 to 29-Oct-2022, according to a 22-Apr-2022 GDS display. The airline will operate the service with A330-200 equipment. The carrier last operated the service prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Singapore Changi Airport pax down 31% to 1.1m in Mar-2022, compared to Mar-2020

22 April, 2022

Singapore Changi Airport, via its official website, reported (21-Apr-2022) the following traffic highlights for Mar-2022:

  • Passengers: 1.1 million, -30.9% compared to Mar-2020;
  • Cargo: 152,000 tonnes, +2.0%;
  • Aircraft movements: 13,200, -18.5%.

Air Niugini announces removal of pre departure testing for all services

20 April, 2022

Air Niugini announced (19-Apr-2022) from 01:00 on 25-Apr-2022, all pre departure testing will cease at the airport for all services. If travelling to Singapore, Hong Kong or Manila, or transiting to a country that requires a negative certificate, customers must bring the certificate to the airport. The certificate must be issued by a doctor and include select information. Passengers transiting onto services to other international destinations will also be asked for evidence that the destination does not require a pre departure test at time of check in. Passengers departing internationally from Papua New Guinea are reminded that they cannot be checked in without a certificate of vaccination valid for travel. [more - original PR]

Milan Airports summer 2022 schedule to feature 156 destinations

20 April, 2022

Milan Malpensa Airport and Milan Linate Airport operator SEA SpA announced (19-Apr-2022) its summer 2022 schedule will feature 156 destinations in 70 countries, representing 75% of its 2019 portfolio. Seats offered will exceed 2019 levels, and are "well above" the European average. Regional highlights include:

  • Americas;
    • New carriers including ITA Airways, Neos and La Compagnie;
    • New destinations including Chicago and Montreal;
    • Seven carriers serving New York;
    • Four times weekly service to Sao Paulo, operated by LATAM Airlines Brasil;
  • Middle East, Africa and Asia;
    • New five times weekly service to Bahrain, operated by Gulf Air;
    • Seven destinations in the Middle East;
    • Services to Addis Ababa and Dakar;
    • Seven times weekly service to Singapore, operated by Singapore Airlines;
  • Europe;
    • New destinations including Izmir, Skiathos, Thessaloniki, Split, Lampedusa, Hamburg and Palma de Mallorca;
    • New carriers including Volotea, Wizz Air and Air Dolomiti. [more - original PR]

HK Express launches combined air and ferry connection between Hong Kong Airport and Shenzhen

18 April, 2022

HK Express introduced (14-Apr-2022) the 'HK Express Air + Ferry Pass', in collaboration with Chu Kong Passenger Transport (CKS), enabling customers in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) to connect from the Shekou Cruise Homeport in Shenzhen to Hong Kong International Airport. The ferry codeshare operations will commence on 28-Apr-2022, subject to regulatory approval, initially connecting with HK Express' Kaohsiung, Singapore and Tokyo services. Passengers using the service will be exempt from the Hong Kong air passenger departure tax. The service also enables passengers to check their baggage through to their final destination. HK Express CEO Mandy Ng stated: "With the GBA market growing rapidly, we plan to expand our collaboration with CKS to include more departure points in the region". [more - original PR]

Philippine Airlines outlines Asia Pacific network effective Apr-2022

18 April, 2022

Philippine Airlines launched (12-Apr-2022) the following international Asian network from Manila effective Apr-2022:

  • South Pacific:
    • Melbourne: Five times weekly;
    • Sydney: Five times weekly;
    • Brisbane: Twice weekly;
    • Auckland: 03/17-Apr-2022, 08/22-May-2022 and 05/19-Jun-2022, stopping over in Brisbane;
  • Southeast Asia:
    • Singapore: Twice daily;
    • Kuala Lumpur: Six times weekly, excluding 14/19/21-Apr-2022;
    • Hanoi: Weekly;
    • Ho Chi Minh City: Four times weekly;
    • Phnom Penh: Three times weekly;
    • Jakarta: Four times weekly, increasing to daily effective 16-Apr-2022;
    • Bangkok: 10 times weekly;
  • North Asia:
    • Hong Kong: Four times weekly; 
    • Taipei: Four times weekly;
    • Seoul Incheon: Twice weekly;
    • Tokyo Haneda: Four times weekly;
    • Tokyo Narita: Eight times weekly, increasing to 10 times weekly effective 15-Apr-2022;
    • Osaka Kansai: Daily;
    • Nagoya: Four times weekly;
    • Fukuoka: Five times weekly.

The carrier also scheduled Cebu-Tokyo Narita frequencies on 02/16-Apr-2022, along with additional Manila-Fukuoka frequencies on 21/28-Apr-2022. [more - original PR]

Philippine Airlines outlines North American network effective Apr-2022

18 April, 2022

Philippine Airlines announced (12-Apr-2022) plans to serve following North American network from Manila effective Apr-2022:

  • Los Angeles: 12 times weekly;
  • San Francisco: Daily;
  • New York: Three times weekly;
  • Honolulu: Three times weekly;
  • Guam: Four times weekly;
  • Toronto: Weekly, increasing to twice weekly effective 17-Apr-2022;
  • Vancouver: Six times weekly.

The carrier noted Toronto and New York services may stop over in Vancouver in Apr/May-2022, subject to airspace closures. [more - original PR]

ACI World: US dominates top 10 passenger airports for 2021, global traffic down 50% on 2019

12 April, 2022

ACI World released (11-Apr-2022) its world airport rankings, estimating that global passenger traffic reached almost 4.5 billion in 2021, a decline of over 50% compared to 2019 levels. Passenger traffic at the top 10 busiest airports declined 29.1% compared to 2019. The top 10 airports by passengers are as follows:

  • Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport: 75.7 million, -31.5% compared to 2019;
  • Dallas Fort Worth International Airport: 62.5 million -16.8%;
  • Denver International Airport: 58.8 million, -14.8%;
  • Chicago O'Hare International Airport: 54 million, -36.2%;
  • Los Angeles International Airport: 48 million, -45.5%;
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport: 43.3 million, -13.4%;
  • Orlando International Airport: 40.4 million, -20.3%;
  • Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport: 40.3 million, -45.1%;
  • Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport: 40.1 million, -28.2%;
  • Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport: 39.8 million, -23.1%.

ACI World director general Luis Felipe de Oliveira said the rankings "tell the story of an encouraging trend of recovery" in 2021 and "the momentum created by reopening plans by countries could lead to an uptick in travel in the second half of 2022". He added: "ACI World continues to advocate to governments to follow the data and ease travel restrictions to safely restore the movement of people, goods and services. This will provide travellers with more travel options and boost the overall recovery through aviation's unique role in boosting trade, tourism, investment and creating jobs". [more - original PR]

Seoul Incheon International Airport cargo down 2% in Mar-2022

8 April, 2022

Seoul Incheon International Airport reported (07-Apr-2022) the following traffic highlights for Mar-2022:

  • Passengers: 410,706, +123.3% year-on-year;
  • Cargo: 281,551 tonnes, -2.2%;
  • Aircraft movements: 11,342, +1.7%. [more - original PR]

Qantas Airways and Jetstar Airways to launch services to Seoul Incheon International Airport

8 April, 2022

Qantas Airways and Jetstar Airways announced (08-Apr-2022) plans to launch services to Seoul Incheon International Airport later in 2022, providing business, premium leisure and low cost travel options between Australia and South Korea. Jetstar will become the only LCC to fly nonstop to South Korea from Sydney, with Boeing 787-8 service operating three times weekly from 02-Nov-2022. Qantas will begin nonstop service between Sydney and Seoul from 10-Dec-2022 with A330 aircraft, marking the first Qantas scheduled service to Seoul since Jan-2008. [more - original PR]

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