Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways expanded (17-May-2022) their codeshare partnership, with plans to add 34 destinations to the existing 62 from 25-May-2022. Customers flying on Malaysia Airlines' new Kuala Lumpur-Doha service will have access to 62 codeshare destinations within Qatar Airways' network to the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America. Qatar Airways customers travelling from Doha to Kuala Lumpur can transfer to 34 Malaysia Airlines' destinations, including their entire domestic network and key markets in Asia, subject to governmental approval. The enhanced cooperation will also include reciprocal loyalty benefits, allowing Qatar Airways' Privilege Club members to earn and redeem Avios points when flying on Malaysia Airlines, with similar benefits for Malaysia Airlines Enrich members when travelling on Qatar Airways' services. [more - original PR]
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Singapore Changi Airport, via its official website, reported (17-May-2022) the following traffic highlights for Apr-2022:
- Passengers: 1.9 million, -65% compared to Apr-2019;
- Cargo: 141,000 tonnes, -10.0%;
- Aircraft movements: 15,100, -52%.
Queenstown Airport announced (16-May-2022) after 330 days without a scheduled international service, Qantas plans to resume Sydney-Queenstown service on 23-May-2022. Qantas is the first airline returning to the Queenstown trans-Tasman route, followed by Jetstar on 02-Jun-2022 and Air New Zealand on 24-Jun-2022. Virgin Australia is planning to re-start services to Queenstown in Nov-2022. Queenstown Airport CEO Glen Sowry says the airlines are seeing strong demand from Australia and activity into Queenstown was predicted to ramp up significantly as winter approaches. Mr Sowry says winter capacity on domestic routes is similar to 2021. [more - original PR]
Air Busan plans to temporarily increase frequency on the following domestic services in Jun-2022, to serve increased demand for domestic airline seats due to the lifting of social distancing requirements on aircraft in South Korea (Yonhap News, 13-May-2022):
- Seoul Gimpo-Busan: 64 additional frequencies;
- Seoul Gimpo-Ulsan: 58 additional frequencies;
- Seoul Gimpo-Jeju: 52 additional frequencies;
- Jeju-Ulsan: 42 additional frequencies;
- Jeju-Busan: 16 additional frequencies.
The LCC noted domestic business travel demand is surging in South Korea, resulting in increasing passenger traffic on Seoul Gimpo-Busan service, while domestic leisure travel to Jeju has also significantly increased within the last month.
Cook Islands Tourism Corporation, via its official website, stated (10-May-2022) from 01-May-2022, pre-departure testing has been removed for arrivals, as well as pre departure testing for Rarotonga-Aitutaki service. In addition, requirements to be vaccinated on the Rarotonga-Aitutaki service was also removed on 01-May-2022, with domestic travel resuming between Rarotonga and the Outer Islands resuming on 01-May-2022.
flydubai launched (10-May-2022) its new HAECO business class recliner seat at Arabian Travel Market 2022. flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith stated the new product is "particularly well suited to medium and short haul flights" and will support "a more homogenous look and feel onboard our fleet". The carrier plans to gradually retrofit a number of existing Boeing 737 aircraft with the new cabin product, following its introduction on one aircraft in Nov-2021 as previously reported by CAPA. The seat will also be fitted on future aircraft deliveries, while the existing business class flatbed will remain available on a number of 737 MAX 8/9s. flydubai operates a fleet of 63 737 type aircraft, with plans to receive a further 18 737 MAXs and retire seven 737-800s by the end of 2022. [more - original PR]
All Nippon Airways announced (10-May-2022) plans to resume operations of its A380 for regular services between Japan and Hawaii on Tokyo Narita-Honolulu sector, operating twice weekly effective 01-Jul-2022. The carrier will also increase Tokyo Haneda-Honolulu frequency from three to four times weekly from 28-May-2022 and to five times weekly from 01-Jul-2022. [more - original PR]
Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) granted (10-May-2022) conditional approval for a proposed commercial cooperation between Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Malaysia Airlines, after accepting a set of proposed commitments from the parties. The cooperation will be given effect through a Commercial Cooperation Framework Agreement entered into on 30-Oct-2019. CCCS also accepted a joint application for decision from the parties on whether the cooperation would infringe section 34 of the Competition Act. The cooperation envisages a metal-neutral alliance in respect of services between Singapore and Malaysia through a Joint Business Arrangement and cooperation in other areas, including expanded codesharing to grow traffic between the countries and certain agreed markets, including Europe. CCCS stated the carriers should comprise direct air passenger services between Singapore and Malaysia, in particular each origin destination city pair as follows:
- Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, including Singapore Seletar Airport to Kuala Lumpur Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport;
- Singapore to Kuching. [more - original PR]
Seoul Incheon International Airport reported (09-May-2022) the following traffic highlights for Apr-2022:
- Passengers: 649,750, -89% compared to Apr-2019;
- Cargo: 261,082, +15%;
- Aircraft movements: 10,663, -68%. [more - original PR]
Air Premia announced (09-May-2022) it aims to commence Seoul Incheon-Singapore passenger service in Jun-2022. As previously reported by CAPA, the airline commenced cargo service on the route in Dec-2021. [more - original PR - Korean]