News for Asia

Air New Zealand improves offering on longer Tasman and Island services

18 October, 2022

Air New Zealand announced (18-Oct-2022) the following improvements to Tasman and Island services: 

  • Perth and Tahiti: 
    • All new economy bookings made on services will receive a full inflight service offering from 30-Oct-2022;
    • From 20-Oct-2022, Seat and Seat+bag fares will no longer be available to be booked on flights departing after 30-Oct-2022;
    • Customers will now be able to choose between The Works (economy), premium economy and Business Premier;
    • During the transition period, customers who have purchased a Seat or Seat+bag prior to 20-Oct-2022 will receive a full meal and beverage service and inflight entertainment if travelling post 30-Oct-2022;
    • Original ticketed baggage allowance, Airpoints Dollars and Status Points accrual will apply to existing tickets;
  • Honolulu: 
    • From 30-Oct-2022, Honolulu flights will move to a full-service offering;
    • Customers can choose between economy, premium economy and Business Premier on these flights;
    • During the transition period, customers who have purchased a seat, Seat+bag or The Works will automatically receive our full service economy offering;
    • Original ticketed baggage allowance, Airpoints Dollars and Status Points accrual will apply to existing tickets. [more - original PR]

Emirates Airline to increase Dubai-Taipei frequency to daily from 06-Nov-2022

17 October, 2022

Emirates Airline announced (17-Oct-2022) plans to increase Dubai-Taipei frequency from four times weekly to daily from 06-Nov-2022. The additional frequencies will also be operated using Boeing 777 equipment. According to OAG, no other carriers are scheduled to operate the route. The frequency increase follows Taiwan announcing the removal of mandatory COVID-19 quarantine requirements for international arrivals. [more - original PR]

T'way Air to commence Seoul-Sydney service in Dec-2022

17 October, 2022

T'way Air plans to commence four times weekly Seoul Incheon-Sydney service on 23-Dec-2022, operated with A330-300 equipment (Yonhap News, 17-Oct-2022). This will be the LCC's first long haul international service. Korean Air and Asiana Airlines also operate the route, according to OAG.

VINCI Airports handles 136.7m pax in the first nine months of 2022

14 October, 2022

VINCI Airports reported (13-Oct-2022) the following traffic highlights:

  • Three months ended Sep-2022:
    • Passengers: 56.6 million, -21.9% compared to 2019;
      • Portugal (ANA): 18.1 million, -1.9% ;
      • UK: 13.1 million, -18%;
      • Japan (Kansai Airports): 6.0 million -56%;
      • France: 4.8 million, -23%;
      • Chile (Nuevo Pudahuel): 4.7 million, -23%;
      • Brazil (Salvador): 2.8 million, -11%;
      • US: 2.6 million, -3.8%;
      • Serbia (Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport): 2.0 million, -4.8%;
      • Dominican Republic (Aerodom): 1.6 million, +14%;
      • Cambodia (Cambodia Airports): 738,000, -74%;
      • Costa Rica: 301,000, +35;
    • Aircraft movements: 480 787, -14.9%;
  • Nine months ended Sep-2022:
    • Passengers: 136.7 million, -30.7% compared to 2019;
      • Portugal (ANA): 42.0 million, -8.5%;
      • UK: 28.5 million, -31%;
      • Japan (Kansai Airports): 14.2 million, -64%;
      • Chile (Nuevo Pudahuel): 13.4 million, -28%;
      • France: 12.0 million, -28%;
      • Brazil (Salvador): 8.3 million, -8.8%;
      • US: 7.2 million, -6.0%;
      • Dominican Republic (Aerodom): 4.4 million, +4%;
      • Serbia (Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport): 4.2 million, -12%;
      • Cambodia: 1.4 million, -84%;
      • Costa Rica: 1.1 million, +14%;
    • Aircraft movements: 1.3 million, -20.4%. [more - original PR]

Air Canada schedules 16 international frequency adjustments for summer 2023 schedule

14 October, 2022

Air Canada announced (13-Oct-2022) the following planned frequency adjustments for summer 2023, in comparison with the carrier's summer 2022 schedule:

  • Montreal-Algiers: Increase from three to four times weekly;
  • Montreal-Frankfurt: Increase from twice daily to 19 times weekly (in partnership with Lufthansa)
  • Montreal-Geneva: Increase from six times weekly to daily;
  • Montreal-Nice: Increase from three to four times weekly;
  • Montreal-Sao Paulo: Increase from three to five times weekly;
  • Montreal-Tel Aviv: Increase from three to four times weekly;
  • Montreal-Toyko Narita: Increase from twice weekly to daily;
  • Toronto-Barcelona: Increase from five times weekly to daily;
  • Toronto-Copenhagen: Increase from three to five times weekly;
  • Toronto-Dubai: Increase from three times weekly to daily;
  • Toronto-Edinburgh: Increase from six times weekly to daily;
  • Toronto-London Heathrow: Increase from three to four times daily;
  • Toronto-Madrid: Increase from five to six times weekly;
  • Toronto-Tokyo Narita: Increase from five times weekly to daily;
  • Vancouver-Brisbane: Increase from four times weekly to daily;
  • Vancouver-Hong Kong: Increase from three times weekly to daily. [more - original PR]

Taiwan CAA: Most airport biosecurity measures to be lifted from 13-Oct-2022

13 October, 2022

Taiwan Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) confirmed (12-Oct-2022) Taiwan will terminate its three day quarantine requirement for international arrivals from 13-Oct-2022 and noted most COVID-19 biosecurity measures at airports will be suspended from 13-Oct-2022, including restrictions on access for international arrivals to airport dining, retail and showering facilities, as well as airport public transport services. The CAA stated restrictions on passenger use of lavatories onboard aircraft operating domestic services will also be lifted from 13-Oct-2022. [more - original PR - Chinese]

GBTA forecasts corporate travel to recover to 65% of pre-pandemic levels by end of 2022: CEO

12 October, 2022

Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) CEO Suzanne Neufang stated the organisation forecasts corporate travel bookings to recover to 65% of pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2022 (Skift, 11-Oct-2022). Ms Neufang added GBTA does not expect a full recovery of corporate travel until 2026 when large Asia-Pacific markets, including China, fully open.

Zamibia Tourism Agency waives tourist visa requirements for selected countries

10 October, 2022

Zamibia Tourism Agency, via its official Facebook account, announced (01-Oct-2022) tourist visa requirements were waived for Australia, Canada, China, European Union, Gulf States, Japan, Norway, South Korea, UK and US, effective 01-Oct-2022.

United Airlines to resume San Francisco-Hong Kong service from 04-Jan-2023

6 October, 2022

United Airlines scheduled to resume twice daily San Francisco-Hong Kong service from 04-Jan-2023, according to OAG. The service will be operated using Boeing 777 equipment. The carrier last operated the service in Jul-2020. Cathay Pacific is also scheduled to operate the route.

Malaysia Airlines to operate Kuala Lumpur-Tokyo Haneda service from 30-Oct-2022

6 October, 2022

Malaysia Airlines plans to operate three times weekly Kuala Lumpur-Tokyo Haneda service from 30-Oct-2022 with A350-900 aircraft (Routes Online, 04-Oct-2022). 

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