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Zipair to increase Tokyo-LA frequency to daily from Jul-2022

18 January, 2022

Zipair announced (18-Jan-2022) plans to increase Tokyo Narita-Los Angeles frequency to daily from 01-Jul-2022. Frequency will increase to six times weekly from 27-Mar-2022. [more - original PR]

EU Council removes Argentina, Australia and Canada from list of 'safe' third countries

18 January, 2022

Council of the European Union removed (17-Jan-2022) Argentina, Australia and Canada from its list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted. The Council's updated list, of third countries for which member states should gradually lift travel restrictions effective 17-Jan-2022, includes:

  • Bahrain;
  • Chile;
  • Colombia;
  • Indonesia;
  • Kuwait;
  • New Zealand;
  • Peru;
  • Qatar;
  • Rwanda;
  • Saudi Arabia;
  • South Korea;
  • United Arab Emirates;
  • Uruguay;
  • China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity);
  • Hong Kong;
  • Macau;
  • Taiwan. [more - original PR]

CAAC suspends more international services

18 January, 2022

CAAC stated (17-Jan-2022) the following international services will be suspended for two weeks after passengers on the services tested positive for coronavirus in early Jan-2022:

  • Suspension from 24-Jan-2022:
    • Lufthansa's Frankfurt-Shanghai;
    • China Southern Airlines' Sydney-Guangzhou;
    • China Eastern Airlines' Frankfurt-Shanghai;
    • American Airlines' Dallas-Shanghai;
    • Delta's Detroit-Shanghai;
    • China Eastern's Paris-Shanghai;
    • Xiamen Airlines' Vancouver-Xiamen service suspended for four weeks;
    • Etihad Airways' Abu Dhabi-Shanghai;
    • Lion Air's Jakarta-Wuhan;
    • SWISS' Zurich-Shanghai;
    • United Airlines' San Francisco-Shanghai;
  • Suspension from 31-Jan-2022:
    • Sichuan Airlines' Vancouver-Chengdu service;
    • United Airlines' San Francisco-Shanghai;
    • Egyptair's Cairo-Hangzhou service to continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
    • China Southern's Los Angeles-Guangzhou service to continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
  • Suspension from 07-Feb-2022:
    • China Southern's Toronto-Guangzhou service to continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
    • China Eastern's Paris-Shanghai service to continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
    • Neos' Milan-Tianjin service to continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
    • China Southern's Amsterdam-Guangzhou service to continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
  • Suspension from 14-Feb-2022:
    • China Southern's Paris-Guangzhou service to continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
    • Air Canada's Vancouver-Shanghai service to continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
  • Suspension from 21-Feb-2022:
    • China Southern's Nairobi-Changsha service will continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
    • Air China's Paris-Tianjin service to continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
  • Suspension from 28-Feb-2022:

VINCI Airports pax up 12% to 85.8m in 2021

18 January, 2022

VINCI Airports reported (17-Jan-2022) the following traffic highlights:

  • Three months ended Dec-2021:
    • Passengers: 32.0 million, -46% compared to 2019;
      • Portugal (ANA): 9.6 million, -27% ;
      • UK: 4.1 million, -65%;
      • Japan (Kansai Airports): 4.3 million, -66%;
      • France: 3.0 million, -37%;
      • Chile (Nuevo Pudahuel): 4.0 million, -32%;
      • Cambodia (Cambodia Airports): 88,000, -97%;
      • US: 2.3 million, -15%;
      • Serbia (Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport): 850,000, -40%;
      • Brazil (Salvador): 1.9 million, -12%;
      • Dominican Republic (Aerodom): 1.4 million, -4%;
      • Sweden: 155,000, -70%;
      • Costa Rica: 262,000, stable;
    • Aircraft movements: 324,724, -33%;
  • Twelve months ended Dec-2021:
    • Passengers: 85.8 million, +12% year-on-year;
      • Portugal (ANA): 24.9 million, +39%;
      • UK: 8.6 million, -28%;
      • Japan (Kansai Airports): 11.4 million, -28%;
      • France: 8.7 million, +28%;
      • Chile (Nuevo Pudahuel): 10.0 million, +17%;
      • Cambodia: 270,000, -88%;
      • US: 7.0 million, +75%;
      • Serbia (Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport): 3.3 million, +73%;
      • Brazil (Salvador): 5.6 million, +43%;
      • Dominican Republic (Aerodom): 4.6 million, +88%;
      • Sweden: 607,000, +7%
      • Costa Rica: 827,000, +72%;
    • Aircraft movements: 1.0 million, +13%. [more - original PR]

Singapore Airlines expects Jan-2022 capacity to be 47% of pre COVID levels

18 January, 2022

Singapore Airlines Group reported (17-Jan-2022) ticket sales continue on VTL services for travel from 21-Jan-2022 onwards, but based on an arrival quota that has been reduced by 50%, the group will continue to be "nimble" and manage its network in accordance with prevailing market conditions and regulations. Based on current published schedules, it expects passenger capacity for Jan-2022 and Feb-2022 to be around 47% and 45% of pre COVID-19 levels, respectively. [more - original PR]

Malaysia Airlines to reopen Regional Golden Lounge at Kuala Lumpur International Airport

17 January, 2022

Malaysia Airlines announced (13-Jan-2022) plans to reopen its Regional Golden Lounge at Kuala Lumpur International Airport from 17-Jan-2022. The lounge has been closed for almost two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The carrier has also reopened its Domestic Golden Lounge and will soon reopen its Satellite Golden Lounge. [more - original PR]

Vietnam Airlines resumes Ho Chi Minh City-Melbourne service

17 January, 2022

Vietnam Airlines resumed twice weekly Ho Chi Minh City-Melbourne service on 17-Jan-2022 with Boeing 787 aircraft, according to OAG. Jetstar Airways plans to resume the route in Apr-2022.

Vietnam Airlines resumes Hanoi-Sydney service

17 January, 2022

Vietnam Airlines resumed weekly Hanoi-Sydney service on 10-Jan-2022 with Boeing 787 aircraft, according to OAG. It is the only carrier operating the route. 

Vietnam Airlines resumes Ho Chi Minh City-Sydney service

17 January, 2022

Vietnam Airlines resumed twice weekly Ho Chi Minh City-Sydney service on 17-Jan-2022 with Boeing 787 aircraft, according to OAG. Jetstar Airways plans to resume service in Apr-2022.

Macau International Airport pax up 11% in Dec-2021, 1.1m pax in 2021

17 January, 2022

Macau International Airport, via its official website, reported (14-Jan-2022) the traffic highlights:

  • Dec-2021:
    • Passengers: 91,201, +11.0% year-on-year;
    • Cargo: 5674 tonnes, +28.0%;
    • Aircraft movements: 1517, +12.5%;
  • 2021:
    • Passengers: 1.1 million, -2.2%;
    • Cargo: 48,595 tonnes, +45.7%;
    • Aircraft movements: 15,791, -6.9%.
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