News for Asia

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]

Singapore Airlines to launch SAF credits in Jul-2022

9 June, 2022

Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced (08-Jun-2022) plans to launch sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) credits in Jul-2022, in partnership with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and Temasek Holdings. 1000 SAF credits will be available for sale, generated from 1000 tonnes of neat SAF which is blended, delivered and uplifted from Singapore Changi Airport. SIA's corporate customers and freight forwarders can purchase SAF credits directly from SIA, mitigating carbon emissions related to their flights. Freight forwarders can also sell credits to their downstream clients to reduce carbon emissions from their business operations. From 4Q2022, all SIA customers will be able to purchase a mix of SAF credits and carbon offsets as part of the SIA Group Voluntary Carbon Offset Programme. SIA will also partner with Climate Impact X to introduce a bundled portfolio consisting of SAF credits and carbon credits. [more - original PR]

Plaza Premium Group opens lounge at Frankfurt Airport

2 June, 2022

Plaza Premium Group opened (01-Jun-2022) a lounge at Frankfurt Airport Terminal 2. The lounge has capacity for 110 guests and is Plaza Premium's first operation in Germany. Admission for up to three hours costs EUR45, or EUR36 if booked in advance. [more - original PR]

Nagoya Chubu Centrair Airport installs Telework booths at T1

1 June, 2022

Nagoya Chubu Centrair International Airport announced (31-May-2022) Massimo-IOT installed two 'Telework' private soundproof booths at terminal 1. Passengers can pay a rental fee to use the soundproof, one person booths to do work while waiting to board flights. Each micro office booth is equipped with a desk, chair, power outlets, air conditioning and WiFi connectivity. [more - original PR - Japanese]

SIA launches SilverKris and KrisFlyer Gold lounges at Changi Airport T3

31 May, 2022

Singapore Airlines (SIA) launched (30-May-2022) its new SilverKris and KrisFlyer Gold lounges at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3, following a SGD50 million (USD36.6 million) redesign, upgrade and expansion project. The Private Room, First Class section of the SilverKris Lounge, the Business Class section of the SilverKris Lounge and the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge can collectively accommodate around 1150 customers within 6100sqm, offering 30% more seats and space following the redesign. [more - original PR]

Hong Kong adjusts testing for inbound travellers, updates flight suspension mechanism

30 May, 2022

Hong Kong's Government updated (29-May-2022) pre-departure and post-arrival COVID-19 nucleic acid testing arrangements applicable to persons boarding for Hong Kong from overseas places and Taiwan, as it aims to reduce the impact on the journeys of persons coming to Hong Kong, effective 01-Jun-2022. Key highlights as follows:

  • Pre-departure PCR based nucleic acid tests not required for inbound children aged below three;
  • Pre-departure PCR based nucleic acid tests not required for travellers transferring or transiting in Hong Kong;
  • Post-arrival testing arrangements for persons entering Hong Kong: All relevant persons arriving in Hong Kong on or after 24-May-2022 and being discharged early from compulsory quarantine will be required to undergo an additional compulsory test on the ninth day of arrival;
  • Updated penalty triggered by omission in checking under the route specific flight suspension mechanism: If it is the first instance within a 10-day period for a certain flight to trigger the mechanism due to passengers' non-compliance of the boarding conditions, Airport Authority Hong Kong will impose a penalty of HKD20,000 (USD2548). If the flights of the relevant route triggers the criterion again within 10 days, the passenger flights of that route run by the relevant airline from the same origin place will be prohibited from landing in Hong Kong for five days. [more - original PR]

Qantas Airways adjusts group international network

27 May, 2022

Qantas Airways announced (26-May-2022) the following adjustments across its group international network:

  • Group International continues to see strong demand;
  • Group International capacity remains unchanged at just under 50% of pre coronavirus levels by the end of the Q4FY2022 and rising to around 70% by the end of the Q1FY2023;
  • QF1 will reroute from Sydney-Darwin-London to operate Sydney-Singapore-London from 19-Jun-2022 and switch from a Boeing 787 back to an A380 service;
  • Following recent relaxation of New Zealand border restrictions, Qantas and Jetstar's trans-Tasman flying has ramped up significantly;
  • Qantas doubled frequency on services to Auckland from Melbourne and Sydney and is operating some flights from Brisbane with A330s;
  • Jetstar has resumed flights on all Australia to Auckland markets and will restart on remaining Christchurch, Queenstown and Wellington markets in the next few weeks;
  • Strengthening demand for travel to Bali has seen Jetstar restart services from all seven Australian cities it flew from pre coronavirus and will be close to pre coronavirus levels of capacity on the majority of routes by the end of Jun-2022. [more - original PR]

Air France-KLM launches EUR2.256bn capital increase to repay state aid

25 May, 2022

Air France-KLM launched (24-May-2022) a capital increase with preferential subscription rights to existing shareholders, to raise EUR2.256 billion through the issuance of 1928 million new shares. The measures aim to strengthen the group's balance sheet and accelerate its repayment of French state aid. Key details include:

  • Around EUR1.7 billion to be allocated to the repayment of the COVID-19 recapitalisation aid, granted by the French State. The remainder will be used to reduce the group's debt;
  • The group confirmed its objective to reduce its net debt to EBITDA ratio, to reach between 2.0x and 2.5x by 2023;
  • The French State, holding a stake of 28.6%, plans to participate in the rights issue to keep its shareholding unchanged; 
  • The Dutch State plans to maintain its 9.3% stake, provided it receives the necessary approvals from the Dutch Parliament in time;
  • CMA CGM will become a new reference shareholder and exclusive strategic partner for the cargo business. CMA CGM will invest up to EUR400 million to acquire a stake of up to 9%. China Eastern Airlines (9.6%) and Delta Air Lines (5.8%) will participate on a cash neutral basis through the sale of part of their rights to CMA CGM, representing EUR110.7 million;
  • The rights issue will occur between 27-May-2022 and 09-Jun-2022 at EUR1.17 per share, or three shares per existing share. 

Air France-KLM CEO Benjamin Smith stated as recovery continues the group wants "to be in a position to seize any opportunity in a changing aviation sector and to be able to accelerate our environmental commitments". [more - original PR] [more - original PR - KLM]

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