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Thai AirAsia X to launch Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-Sydney service in Dec-2022

29 August, 2022

Thai AirAsia X announced (29-Aug-2022) plans to launch four times weekly Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-Sydney service from 02-Dec-2022 with 377 seat A330 aircraft. Acting CEO Tassapon Bijleveld stated: "Having recently resumed services to South Korea and Japan, we are thrilled that we are now expanding to Sydney and Melbourne as our next key growth markets". [more - original PR] [more - original PR - Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport]

Thai AirAsia X to launch Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-Melbourne service

29 August, 2022

Thai AirAsia X announced (29-Aug-2022) plans to launch three times weekly Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-Melbourne service from 01-Dec-2022 with 377 seat A330 aircraft. Acting CEO Tassapon Bijleveld stated: "Having recently resumed services to South Korea and Japan, we are thrilled that we are now expanding to Sydney and Melbourne as our next key growth markets". [more - original PR]

All Nippon Airways announces international pax schedules for winter 2022/2023

24 August, 2022

All Nippon Airways announced (23-Aug-2022) the suspension or reduction of the following international passenger services, effective 30-Oct-2022 to 25-Mar-2023:

  • Tokyo Haneda-San Jose: Launch postponed;
  • Tokyo Narita-Dusseldorf: Suspended;
  • Tokyo Haneda-Stockholm: Launch postponed;
  • Tokyo Haneda-Milan: Launch postponed;
  • Tokyo Haneda-Istanbul: Launch postponed;
  • Tokyo Haneda-Moscow: Launch postponed;
  • Tokyo Narita-Vladivostok: Suspended;
  • Tokyo Narita-Perth: Suspended;
  • Tokyo Narita-Chennai: Suspended;
  • Tokyo Narita-Yangon: Suspended;
  • Tokyo Haneda-Bangkok: Reduced from three times to twice daily;
  • Tokyo Narita-Phnom Penh: Suspended;
  • Osaka Kansai-Hong Kong: Suspended;
  • Tokyo Narita-Taiwan Taoyuan: Suspended. [more - original PR]

Singapore Changi Airport recovers to 56% of Jul-2019 pax levels in Jul-2022

23 August, 2022

Singapore Changi Airport, via its official website, reported (22-Aug-2022) the following traffic highlights for Jul-2022:

  • Passengers: 3.3 million, -44% compared to Jul-2019;
  • Cargo: 163,000 tonnes, -4%;
  • Aircraft movements: 20,300, -37%.

Emirates Airline to resume Dubai-Auckland service from 01-Dec-2022

22 August, 2022

Emirates Airline scheduled to resume daily Dubai-Auckland service using A380-800 equipment from 01-Dec-2022, according to OAG. The service replaces daily Dubai-Kuala Lumpur-Auckland service using Boeing 777-300ER equipment. No other carriers are scheduled to operate the route.

AirPlus International: Pandemic 'permanently changes' German business travel trends

18 August, 2022

AirPlus International reported (16-Aug-2022) German demand for business travel "continues unabated", however the COVID-19 pandemic has "permanently changed" certain travel habits. Highlights for German business travel in 2022 include:

  • The average trip length has increased from five days in 2019 to 6.3 in 1H2022. Intercontinental trips increased from 11.6 days in the pre-pandemic period to 14.5 days in 2022, while one day short trips which previously accounted for 17% of business trips declined to 7%;
  • European destinations have accounted for 50% of business travel in 2022, increased from 38% in 2019. Companies have booked more business class tickets, increasing to 13% from 9% in 2019. On domestic services in particular, the share of business class travellers increased from 5% in 2019 to 12%;
  • Spain, India and Mexico replaced China, Russia and the UK as the top destinations for business travellers. The US remained the top intercontinental destination;
  • Companies are booking airline tickets at less short notice, at an average of 21.4 days before travel. The figure had been 24 days in 2019, and dropped to 16.3 days in 2021;
  • Currently 81% of Germans travelling for business are men, the same level as 2019. The figure reached 87% in 2021.

CEO Oliver Wagner stated: "The trend toward longer business trips is an indication that sustainability is becoming increasingly important for companies", noting different appointments are being handled in one trip. The company also attributed the increased trip length to the combination of business with private trips. Mr Wagner added the group is observing a strong catch up effect for face to face encounters and noted "booking figures for the coming months indicate that the recovery in business travel will continue". [more - original PR - English/German]

Cathay Pacific launches new membership programme

18 August, 2022

Cathay Pacific launched (17-Aug-2022) its elevated Cathay membership programme, bringing together its Marco Polo Club and Asia Miles under one membership programme, effective 17-Aug-2022. Members will earn and redeem Asia Miles and Status Points, formerly known as Marco Polo Points. Under the elevated membership programme, members will also be able to access Cathay curated lifestyle offerings and experiences in payment, dining, shopping, holidays and wellness, with more than 800 partners. [more - original PR]

Malaysia Airlines launches Kuala Lumpur-Tokyo Haneda service

16 August, 2022

Malaysia Airlines launched (14-Aug-2022) twice weekly Kuala Lumpur-Tokyo Haneda service with 290 seat A330-300 aircraft. The route will complement the carrier's existing service to Tokyo Narita Airport. [more - original PR]

Link Airways to launch Bundaberg-Brisbane service in Nov-2022

11 August, 2022

Link Airways CEO Andrew Major announced (10-Aug-2022) the carrier believes there is "strong demand for additional direct flights" on its proposed Bundaberg-Brisbane service, with it facilitating "further leisure and business links between the two regions". Mr Major said that studies conducted over a number of years had revealed a significant demand for flights between Bundaberg and Brisbane that provided business-friendly day return schedules and increased capacity on the route. The service is scheduled to operate six times weekly from 14-Nov-2022, growing to 17 weekly frequencies in 2023. [more - original PR]

Taiwan Taoyuan Airport removes restrictions on transit pax

10 August, 2022

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport announced (07-Aug-2022) plans to remove the following COVID-19 related restrictions and conditions for transit passengers from 08-Aug-2022:

  • Transit passengers only permitted to stopover at Taiwan Taoyuan for a maximum of 12 hours;
  • Transit passengers must remain in dedicated zones within the passenger terminal;
  • All legs of transit passengers journey must be issued on a single ticket;
  • Transit passengers must be accompanied by an airport employee in order to shop at duty free retail outlets.

From 08-Aug-2022, transit passengers will be permitted to shop and dine at all outlets available to international passengers in the terminal. [more - original PR - Chinese]

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